Cohoes High School

Tiger Circle

Cohoes, NY 12047

(518) 237.9100


Joseph Rajczak



Bryan Wood




Counseling Department
(518) 237-1510

Click the link above for counseling office staff and e-mail addresses.


Click on the link above for current scholarship opportunities.


To view a letter sent home to senior families about Naviance, click here.




Intern Experience Day at The Theatre Institute at Sage

Friday, April 25th on the Russell Sage Campus

The Theatre Institute at Sage (TIS) invites sophomores and juniors to Intern Experience Day 2014. The TIS internship is an intensive, immersive experience designed for motivated high school seniors interested in exploring theatre performance and production careers.

This program offers students the opportunity to complete their high school requirements, take college classes and explore theatre as a career. This internship is a cooperative program offered through Capital Region BOCES, Questar III, and The Theatre Institute at Sage. We are committed to supporting any student interested in pursuing this program.

Students will participate in an information session with current interns, college students, faculty and staff as well as attend a performance of On the Verge and tour the theaters. Lunch will be provided.

Transportation to this event may be available through your BOCES;

contact Ted Hennessey (518-479-6914) or Theresa Swett (518-862-4800) for transportation information.

To register for Intern Experience Day 2014 call Heather Hamelin at (518) 244-4504.



Career Expo 2014 Logo

Questar III STEM Career Expo 2014

For students in grades 8-10: If you are interested in a career in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, come to Career Expo 2014!

Wednesday, May 7

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Franklin Terrace Ballroom

Troy, NY

This is a free event for students, parents, and educators, and features exhibitors from a variety of careers including health care, engineering, video game design, green technologies, veterinarian, biochemistry, construction and mechanical technology.

View the flyer>>


College Board makes significant changes to SAT college admission test

A new version of the SAT, which will be released in the spring of 2016, will realign with learning in high school. The test is also reverting to its previous scoring format, with a maximum score of 1600 (800 for math, 800 for reading). At present, the SAT essay is mandatory and worth up to 800 points of the a student's overall score (a perfect score is 2400), will become optional for test takers to complete, without an impact to overall score.

A major change that will significantly impact Cohoes learners is a program to aid low-income students. The College Board will begin granting fee waivers that will allow these to apply for up to four colleges at no charge.

The College Board will also offer free online practice problems and instructional videos through a partnership with Khan Academy. This study guide will be available in advance of the release of the new version in 2016.

Read the NY Times story on the changes coming to the SAT>>


New academic opportunity! Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp

Lebanon Valley College

June 22-27 and July 6-11, 2014

The goal of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp is to provide a window into the scientific basis of human health. Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics. Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health, and they will engage in investigative experiences that will allow them to apply their laboratory skills to real life problems. In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, genetic counseling and biomedical laboratory research. The Health and Biomedical Sciences camp will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional.

For more information, visit the Health and Biomedical Sciences website or
contact Dr. Courtney Lappas at

View the flyer>>


The College of Saint Rose Summer Academy for Youth

Created for students entering grades 6-10, The College of Saint Rose Summer Academy provides unique and fun learning experiences that are flexible and convenient. Click the links below to learn more about the weekly offerings available. Registration opens in February.


What you may not know about financial aid and the FAFSA

Think applying for college financial aid is too time-consuming or that you won’t qualify for college aid? Student Financial Aid Awareness Month, recognized this January throughout New York State, aims to dispel the misconceptions about college financial aid and make it easier to apply. Learn more here>>


College bound? This brochure can help...Inset photo

The CHS Counseling Center is making available a very useful brochure for college-bound high school students designed to help students and families make important education decisions. The brochure is a product of Naviance, the web based software program that helps CHS students make career and college plans.

The easy-to-read brochure includes a timeline for college-bound students; important reminders about financial aid and the college application process; and guidance in making important decisions like pursuing a bachelor's degree vs. an associate's degree or choosing an in-state school over an out-of-state school.

A copy can be viewed or downloaded here>>


2013-2014 Cohoes High School profile

The 2013 Cohoes High School profile that includes current enrollment figures and statistics related to the graduating class of 2013 can be found here>


Here's WHAT'S HAPPENING in the Cohoes Counseling Center

Admissions representatives from state, regional and national colleges visit the Cohoes High School Counseling Center each fall.

Please note: for all college visits – Students must receive a pre-signed pass from the Counseling Office prior to the visit. College visit information will be updated regularly.


JUNIORS have Naviance accounts

Naviance is an online web-based program for college research, applications, and family connection that includes career research as well. It is required for each student intending to apply to college. If you have any questions please contact the high school counseling office at 237-1510.


Cohoes CEEB/High School Code 331-425

The focus of the Cohoes City School District's Counseling Department is to provide a Developmental School Counseling Program consisting of a comprehensive plan of academic, career, and personal development. The program is an essential part of the total school program and supports the goals established for all students.

Through a series of sequential and developmental activities, the counselor ensures that he/she is meaningfully involved with each student during each year of the secondary school experience. In this way the student is in the best position to learn, plan, and make positive decisions with the ongoing support and assistance of a school counselor.

A team approach is necessary for the overall success of a comprehensive, developmental program that requires the involvement of parents, staff members, and community organizations.