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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)

Find out more about
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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Life After WJSHS -
Planning for College and Beyond!

When I Grow Up...
Picking the Right School
College Admissions
Application Process
Financial Aid
Helpful Links


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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 Visits Fall 2018

  • 9/19 Nazareth College
  • 9/20 SUNY Geneseo
  • 9/20 College Caravan, 1:00-1:30 p.m. at WHS
  • 9/21 Southern Vermont College, Cazenovia College
  • 10/2 Bentley College
  • 10/19 Sacred Heart University
  • 10/29 St. John Fisher College, Mount Saint Mary College
  • 10/30 Sage College (Albany/Troy campuses)

All visits are from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in lobby, unless noted otherwise.


School supply lists for Grades 7-8

Download school supply list for grade 7 students

Download school supply list for grade 8 students

Excelsior Scholarship

The Excelsior Scholarship application for the 2018-19 academic year is now open! This scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students who are residents of New York State to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.
The application can be found at: The deadline to apply is July 23, 2018. Want to know more about the Excelsior Scholarship? Information is available here.


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


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.