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WJSHS Guidance Department

Phone: (518) 629-3302
Fax: (518) 629-3330

Grades 9-12, A-K

David Olszewski, Director
(pronounced O-SHES-ski)

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Mr. Olszewski

Grades 9-12, L-Z

Katelyn McAvoy
(easy to pronounce!)

Grades 7 & 8

Chelsie Clickner
(easy to pronounce!)

The Watervliet High School CEEB Code is 335830

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Supply List for Grade 7

Supply List for Grade 8

Life After WJSHS -
Planning for College and Beyond!

When I Grow Up...
Picking the Right School
College Admissions
Application Process
Financial Aid
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Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.   —Robert Frost

Welcome to the WJSHS Guidance website

The guidance department is here to assist students and their families by providing consultation, and academic, career, and personal counseling. We encourage strong communication with parents and the greater Watervliet community. Please follow the links listed for more information on our academic programs and planning for life after WJSHS!

College-bound seniors participate in HVCC Instant Admission Day at WHS

Watervliet High School hosted a successful Instant Admissions Day on Friday, Oct. 20 with admissions representatives from Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC). Read more about HVCC Instant Admissions Day


SCCC Instant Admissions Day at WHS

Schenectady County Community College offered an Instant Admissions Day for WHS seniors on Thursday, November 9. Read more about SCCC Instant Admissions Day


Fall College Visits

Representatives from the following colleges will visit Watervliet High School this fall:

  • 9/13 - Mt. Saint Mary College
  • 9/14 - Cazenovia College
  • 9/15 - American International College
  • 9/25 - Paul Smiths College
  • 9/25 - St. Bonaventure
  • 9/29 - St. John Fisher
  • 10/12 - SUNY Geneseo
  • 10/26 - SUNY Plattsburgh
  • 10/30 - Sacred Heart University
  • 11/2 - Southern Vermont College (tentative)
  • 11/8 - University of New Haven


Excelsior Scholarship

This new state program provides tuition-free college at New York’s public colleges and universities. New York will phase in the Excelsior Scholarship starting fall 2017, beginning with families making up to $100,000 annually. Want to know more about the Excelsior Scholarship? Information is available here.


Guidance News for 2016-17 school year

High School Guidance Updates

Seniors: If you have not already signed up for the SAT and/or ACT in the Fall, sign up at and/or Please visit the websites so that you are aware of test dates and deadlines! A reminder that on Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. counselors will be hosting Senior Night in conjunction with WHS Meet the Teacher Night. Parents and seniors are invited to discuss the college application process and any questions will be answered. We hope you are starting to think about college! By the time you have your senior meeting with your guidance counselor in September, we would like you to have narrowed your search down to approximately 5-7 colleges.

Juniors: On Wednesday, October 19, we will be administering the PSAT (practice test for the SAT). Please visit to begin prepping for the PSAT as well as becoming familiar with the different types of questions.

Sophomores: Throughout the year, we will be focusing more closely on college/career readiness.

Freshman: Welcome to the high school! Please visit familiarize yourself with graduation requirements and the course description guide posted here on our web page. Feel free to stop in to the guidance office and introduce yourself to us at any time! We look forward to working with you.

SAT vs. ACT: Learn the difference between these two tests

This report that aired on WNYT–NewsChannel 13 explains the difference between the two most prevalent college admissions tests.


High school counselors work with 9th graders to explore career interests

The high school counselors introduced 9th graders to Naviance (view parent letter for more information on Naviance). Ninth-grade students met in the media center to take a career interest profiler to determine which careers match their interests. The high school counselors asked the students to continue researching those careers to plan for their sophomore year of high school. Each year, the counselors work with students to narrow down their search and continue to assist in developing and updating individual career plans.