Guidance News


    Welcome Back
    A warm welcome back to all students and parents!  The Counseling and Wellness Center hopes that all of you enjoyed a restful summer break.  The fall has now arrived and it will be a very important and busy time for all. There are many key decisions that seniors will be making this fall regarding college applications and pursuing career opportunities.  Juniors may be in the beginning stages of the same process for next year.  Your counselor will be very happy to answer any questions that you may have!

    More Than 100 Colleges Will Visit Herricks This Fall
    Get your questions ready!  Students will have the opportunity to personally speak with college admissions officers from a wide range of schools including Ivy League, SUNY, two-year colleges, and private universities.  College officials will meet with students in scheduled small group sessions, and on Wednesdays in September/October when we host Mini-College Days. The admissions representatives are eager to answer all questions regarding the college admission process and the schools they represent!  Visiting colleges will be announced each week.

    Important SAT Information
    If your child plans to take the October 6th SAT I test, he or she should register for the test as soon as possible.  The registration deadline is September 3rd.  Students may register in the following way:

    -Online at

    Please plan ahead so that your child doesn’t miss the registration deadline.

    Important ACT Information
    If your child plans to take the October 23rd ACT test, he or she should register for the test as soon as possible.  The registration deadline is September 17th.  Go to and sign up or log in to your ACT account.

    Senior Assembly Program
    There will be a mandatory Senior Assembly Program on Monday, September 13th.  All Grade 12 students will meet with their counselors to officially begin the college application process.  Seniors will meet with their counselors in a group session according to the schedule on the Herricks website and in the Counseling and Wellness Center.  Students will be given their cumulative G.P.A. at this time.  Topics such as SAT I & II and ACT testing, application deadlines, teacher recommendations, financial aid, and student responsibilities will be reviewed.  This is a very important meeting and we look forward to seeing you there!

    Parents Mark Your Calendar!
    Join us for the Virtual Twelfth Grade Parent College Application Program on Monday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m.  Please don’t miss this valuable opportunity to meet with your child’s counselor to review and clarify all of the steps and procedures that you will be undertaking this fall as your child applies to colleges.

    Eleventh Grade Assembly Program
    All 11th grade students will meet with their counselors during an assembly program on Friday, September 17thAt that time counselors will discuss PSAT, SAT and ACT information, as well as review important points for Juniors to remember as they begin this important year.

    Method Learning Presentation
    Mr. Oliver Luisi, of Method Learning will be presenting a comprehensive overview, virtually, of the features of the Method Learning program and the most effective way to utilize it on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. More information, along with the google meet codes are available on the Counseling and Wellness Center website.

    Financial Aid Night
    All students and their parents are invited to virtually attend a program on Financial Aid.  It will be held on Tuesday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. Many of you have significant concerns and questions regarding your eligibility for financial aid and the filing of the F.A.F.S.A. form and CSS Profile. This timely presentation will offer you valuable information as well as allow you the opportunity to ask questions. The presentation will include an overview of financial aid and general alternatives to financing a post-secondary education. Our guest speakers will be two representatives from Adelphi University. They are experts in the field of financial aid. Their reputations as speakers is outstanding, and I feel certain you will benefit from hearing their presentation.

    Sophomores and Juniors
    The PSAT/NMSQT will be given on Saturday, October 16, 2021.  Students must register for the PSAT using the APTS website.  The cost of the PSAT/NMSQT is $28.00.  The Counseling Center will not be accepting checks or in person payments.  Students and parents will receive information about test day administration via email, closer to the exam date.  To be allowed entrance to the exam, students must register and pay at the link above.