Guidance, Curriculum & Instruction

Instructor: Jeffrey Nyhuis, Assistant Principal

Guidance 19-20

Guidance Counselors assist students in registering for academic programs and scheduling their classes. The counselor’s role varies depending upon a student’s year in school, type of program, and post-high school plans. However, the guidance counselors usually act as facilitators in the decision making process: explaining curriculum, interpreting course content, accounting for school policies and procedures, and assessing student interests and needs. A guidance counselor’s knowledge of students, the high school curriculum, and college and technical school requirements are used with individuals or groups of students to plan appropriate programs each semester. Scheduling for the next school year occurs in February. When academic or scheduling problems arise, guidance counselors are available to help students and parents develop solutions. 

Helpful Links
  • ACT
  • CollegeBoard(SAT)
  • College Affordability and Profile Center
    • Information provided by the US Department of Labor on college search, college costs, financial aid, and college profiles.
  • Colleges That Change Lives
    • Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. They support the goal of each student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college.
  • Common App Member Schools
    • This link takes you to the Common App website. Click on Member Colleges and Universities -- All Members
    • List of colleges (by state) that are SAT/ACT optional
  • Naviance/Family Connection
    • Welcome to the college research, application, and career exploration website for Ridgewood High School students.
  • NCAA
    • This link takes you to the student eligibility section of the NCAA website. Any official transcripts for the NCAA must be requested through your account here, followed up with a request form to the RHS Guidance Office. See NCAA folder below.
    • This link takes you to the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) website.
  • HESAA- NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority
    • NJ state agency with the mission of providing students and families with financial and informational resources as it relates to pursuing higher education. 
  • FAFSA- Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education