The Counseling Department at North Quincy High School provides support services that demonstrate a commitment to developmental guidance for all students. Counselors guide students to effectively set goals and to develop broad-based educational and career plans that reflect interests, abilities, and talents.
School Counselors offer students support in the personal/social, career/college and academic areas. They regularly work with parents/guardians, teachers, and administrators to ensure student success. Counselors meet with students individually and in groups. Students can make appointments to meet individually with their counselors at any time throughout the year. Students are advised to sign the log sheet outside the counselor’s office if the counselor is not available. Parents/guardians are welcome to contact their student’s counselor with concerns or to schedule a meeting.
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CEEB Code: #221660
Counseling Contact Information
- Phone: 617-984-8747
- Fax: 617-984-8871
Counseling Office Department Head:
- Helena Skinner 617-984-8985
- Virginia Cushman 617-984-8983
- Susan DeCoste 617-984-8988
- Rebecca Nutley 617-376-1235
- Shaue Fung Peng 617-984-8984
- Mary Lee 617-984-8981
- Peggy Farren 617-984-8982
PASS Program Counselors:
Counseling Office Secretary:
- Janice Donovan 617-984-8747
- Academic Counseling & Monitoring
- Classroom Presentations
- College & Career Counseling
- Course Selection Planning (see Course Selection section below)
- Crissis Intervention
- Group Counseling
- Parent/Gaurdian Presentations & Resources
- Personal/Social Counseling
- Standardized Testing Information
Please download the Transcript Request Form and follow the instructions on how to obtain your transcript or email Mrs. Donovan.
Career & College Counseling
Through individual meetings with students and classroom presentations, information about college and career options are presented to students. Below are helpful information and forms:
- Career and College Planning Guide
- Final Transcript Request Form
- NQHS Profile 2015
- MEFA Guide to College Admissions
- College Navigator
- Admissions Standard for Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities
Helpful College Related Websites
- Campus Tours
- Common Application
- College Week Live
- Naviance Family Connection
- NCAA Eligibilty
- UMass & State Universities Minimum Admissions Requirements
- Massachusetts Public Higher Education Campuses
- Two-year Colleges
- Online Colleges
Helpful Career Related Websites
- Career One Stop
- Career Path
- Mapping your Future
- Massachusetts Career Information System
- My Majors
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Job Applications Online
Financial Aid Resources & Scholarships
- CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
- Fast Web
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Program
- Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)
- Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition Waiver Program
- Student Loans
- The Educational Resources Institute (TERI)
- Tuition Break of New England Program
- NQHS Scholarship Procedures
- MEFA Guide to College Financing
- Varsity Tutors
- NQHS Scholarship Scoop (Dec. 2014)
Naviance Family Connection
Naviance is a comprehensive website that is specific to our school and provides course, career and college planning. The website is used by the Guidance Office to keep track of students’ college admission data, to assist with career and college exploration, and to develop academic course plans.
The following is a list of standardized testing offered to students. Please see the websites for more information on testing programs, dates and centers.
- ACT (American College Testing)
- Advanced Placement (AP) Testing -Testing is usually scheduled the first 2 weeks of May every year. Registration for AP testing is done through students’ classes and Counseling Office. For more information, please contact the Counseling Office at 617-984-8747.
- PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) – Testing is usually mid-October of every year. Students are recommended to take it in their sophomore and junior year. The test needs to be taken in junior year for students to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. For more nformation, please contact the Counseling Office at 617-984-8747.
- SAT Reasoning Test – Testing is offered in October, December, November, January, March, May & June. Students are recommended to take it in the spring of their junior year and/or fall of the senior year. If you are eligible for a Collegeboard fee waiver, please see your counselor.
- SAT Subject Tests – There are many subjects to choose from. Colleges that require these tests usually require that you take at least 2 tests. Sometimes certain subject tests are required for certain majors. Make sure you research your school’s admissions requirements.
- TOEFL (Test for English as a Foreign Language) – If English is not your primary language, this test will measure your ability to listen, read, speak and write in English. This test may be required by some schools. Please see your counselor for more information.
- SAT Practice
SAT study guides for students: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/study-guide-studentsFull length practice tests: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-testsPersonalized SAT practice through Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
- Bridgewater State University – 508-531-1250
- Massasoit Community College – 508-588-9100 ext. 1509
- Princeton Review
- Revolution Prep
- Air Force ROTC
- Air National Guard
- Army National Guard
- Army ROTC
- Navy ROTC
- U.S. Air Force Reserve
- U.S. Air Force
- U.S. Army Reserve
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Marines
- U.S. Navy Reserve
- U.S. Navy
Tutoring & Academic Help
In-school Tutoring Options:
- The best way to get extra help in a class is to see the teacher. Many teachers offer time before and/or after school for extra help.
- AFJROTC Kitty Hawk Honor Society offers peer tutoring in many subjects. Students may see Sgt. DeLorenzo (Room 401) for more information.
- National Honor Society offers peer tutoring. Please see Miss Pekarcik (Room 431) for more information.
- Talk to your counselor; she/he may have more options for you.
Private Fee-based Tutoring:
- Eastern Nazarene College – Offers private tutoring for surrounding communities. If you would like to request a tutor, please complete the online form at http://www1.enc.edu/form.aspx?ekfrm=2259 or contact the Center by phone at 617-745-3838.
- Khan Academy – On-line tutoring available.
- Kumon Learning Center – Located in Quincy
- Quincy Tutoring Network
- Tutor.com – On-line tutoring available.
Group Counseling at NQHS:
- Anger Management
- Children of Immigrants
- College & Career Exploration
- Grief & Loss
- Reviving Ophelia
- Self Defense
- Study Skill
- Teen Dating Safely
- Transition to high school
Groups are run by need. If there is a need for a group around a certain topic, it may be added.
Local Area Counseling Agencies
Helpful Phone Numbers & Websites
- Above the Influence – A website about living drug and alcohol free.
- Alanon & Alateen – For friends and families of problem drinkers.
- Alcoholics Anonymous – or call the local office at 617-426-9444
- Asian Shelter and Advocacy Project from Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence – or call 617-338-2355
- Common Reactions to Stress & Trauma in Children
- Department of Children & Families Local Area Office (Weymouth) – 781-682-0800
- Bridge over Troubled Waters – For high-risk, runaway and homeless youth in Boston or call 617-423-9575/ 1-800-RUNAWAY (after 5 PM)
- DOVE – DOmestic Violence Ended – or call 617-471-1234
- Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) – for information and support about cyberbullying and bullying.
- Narcotics Anonymous
- PFLAG – Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays
- Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI)
- Quincy Medical Center – or call 617-773-6100
- Quincy Police Emergency – Call 911
- Quincy Police Non-Emergency – 617-479-1212
- Samariteens – Suicide Prevention Hotline for teens. 1-800-252-TEEN (8336)
- South Shore Mental Health Crisis Number – 617-774-6036
Presentations for Parents/Guardians & Students
Below are informational presentations we have created to help you are your student with their transition to high school and their transition to life after high school. Please contact us if you have any questions.