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School Counseling

We ensure every student who graduates from Nonnewaug High School leaves with a plan.

The Nonnewaug High School Counseling Department is designed to meet the needs of all students in the high school community by helping students with their academic, career, and social growth. Counselors work with students during various developmental stages within the span of their high school career including assisting students with decision making and problem solving, transition and adjustment, goal-setting and academic achievement, as well as career and college planning.

Nonnewaug High School's curriculum is designed to give students the tools they need to meet modern learning expectations and become life-long learners. It ensures that students graduate ready for their future.

The School Counseling Department provides resources and programs aimed at helping students better understand their strengths, interests, and future career aspirations. The College and Career Resource Center (CCRC) houses extensive college and university information in concurrence with the Naviance program, a research and organizational tool for college and career exploration. The CCRC boasts a highly developed College Admission Representatives program and hosts representatives from over 100 colleges, universities, and technical schools, as well as the military branches. In addition, on-site acceptance days, which afford qualified students the opportunity to apply and earn acceptance to schools, bring the admissions process here to students!

The staff consults with students and parents regarding colleges and careers, as well as assisting with various applications and processes, including: Common App, FAFSA, SAT, and ACT testing. The School Counseling Department also takes groups to explore local educational and vocational opportunities, and students attend the National College Fair in Hartford, which hosts over 400 colleges.

Nonnewaug’s Program of Studies is designed to prepare students for admission to a four-year college, technical school, the military, or the workforce. Students and their parents or guardians work in conjunction with our School Counseling Department to develop their individual course of study.

Additionally, the partnership with the University of Connecticut Early College Experience (ECE) is a concurrent enrollment program that allows motivated high school students to take UConn courses at their high schools for both high school and college credit. Courses are offered at different levels of study including college prep and academic as well as Advanced Placement and Honors courses for those students who meet the criteria. In determine class rank, Nonnewaug High School uses a weighting system that takes into account the level of course difficulty. This gives students attempting a more challenging currriculum a higher standing and is particularly important on college applications. 

  • AP courses and UConn ECE courses will have the grade earned multiplied by 1.25.

  • Honors courses will have the grade earned multiplied by 1.17.

  • College prep courses will have the grade earned multiplied by 1.09


students with CCRC counselor

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The NHS Counseling Team

Chris Maclean Department Chair

Grade 9:  S-Z
Grade 10:  S-Z
Grade 11:  S-Z
Grades 12:  S-Z

Lauren Buchta

Grades 9:  A-D
Grade 10:  A-D
Grade 11:  A-D
Grade 12:  A-D

Gail DeFrancesco

Grades 9:  E-L
Grade 10:  E-K
Grade 11:   E-K
Grade 12:  E-K

Stephanie Gutierrez

Grade 9:  M-R
Grade 10:  L-R
Grade 11:  L-R
Grades 12:  L-R

Kathy Green

College & Career Resource Center (CCRC)

Diane Licata

Administrative Assistant

(203) 263-0253

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