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Counseling Department

The school counselor works to maximize student success while promoting access and equity for all students. The school counselor also works with the administration to design and deliver school counseling programs that improve student outcomes by connecting the program to the district’s mission statement: “Every child will graduate prepared for college, career and citizenship.”

Our school counselor helps all students apply academic achievement strategies and suggests ways to manage emotions and improve interpersonal skills. The counselor also helps all students plan for post-secondary options (higher education, military or workforce).

Further Resources

College Information

The College Search

The college search can be a very stressful one for students and parents. Everything from registering/taking the SATs or ACTs, to finding the right college that fits your needs, Financial Aid – to name a few. Below are some helpful links that can help you as you begin and go through your college search.

If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by and see Ms. Labate in the guidance office, call (518) 273-1422 or email nlabate@greenisland.org.

College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB)

CEEB codes are identification numbers for specific locations and organizations. They were created by the College Board (CEEB simply stands for College Entrance Examination Board, i.e. the College Board) to prevent confusion and ensure things like test scores, transcripts, and applications go to the right places.  For example, including a CEEB code on a score report meant for Columbia University helps to make sure that it doesn’t go to Columbia College instead.

Though the original use of CEEB codes was to send SAT scores, their uses have expanded and there are now codes for colleges, high schools, countries, majors, scholarships and test centers.

  • Heatly’s CEEB School Code – 332-180

The Right College

  • College Board – A comprehensive site that allows you to search by major, cost, geographic region, student body size and/or activities and sports offered.

Applying to College

  • The Common Application – The Common Application is the recommended form for a number of colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs. Many of these institutions use the form exclusively. All give equal consideration to the Common Application and the college’s own form.
  • SUNY Application

Financial Aid

Deciding to pursue a college education is an important and rewarding decision. However, with college tuition and other education-related expenses rising steadily, figuring out how to pay for it can be both challenging and a little overwhelming. Fortunately, there is an estimated $136 billion in financial aid available to help students and their families afford the cost of a college education.

  • FAFSA is the first step in applying for over 90% of this aid. FAFSA is a form completed by current and prospective college students (graduate and undergraduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
  • HESC is the Higher Education Services Corporation, New York State’s higher education student financial aid agency.


If you need a copy of your high school transcript, please contact Mrs. Zeppieri.

SAT Information

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board.  

The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.  College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays.  How important SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school. 

Overall, the higher you score on the SAT and/or ACT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you. 

Register for the SATs.

SAT Prep

Registered for the SAT exam and don’t know how to prepare? Download free practice questions and tips.

Working Papers

New York State Employment certificates are required for all workers who are less than 18 years old. Applications for working papers are available in Nurse Valentine’s office. The application requires a parent/guardian signature and a health form to be signed by the applicant’s physician verifying they had a physical examination within the past year. It is not necessary to have a job before obtaining the working papers.

Counseling Links

Contact Information

Nicole Labate
Guidance Counselor, Grades 7-12
Email: nlabate@greenisland.org
Phone: (518) 273-1422

Jessica Jones
Guidance Counselor, Grades K-6
Email: jjones@greenisland.org
Phone: (518) 273-1422

Alyssa Lupinski
School Social Worker
Email: alupinski@greenisland.org
Phone: (518) 273-1422