High School Counseling

The focus of the Cohoes City School District’s Counseling Department is to provide a Developmental School Counseling Program consisting of a comprehensive plan of academic, career, and personal development. The program is an essential part of the total school program and supports the goals established for all students.

Through a series of sequential and developmental activities, the counselor ensures that he/she is meaningfully involved with each student during each year of the secondary school experience. In this way the student is in the best position to learn, plan, and make positive decisions with the ongoing support and assistance of a school counselor.

Curriculum Guide

Cohoes High School offers a wide array of core courses to help students meet graduation requirements, as well as a broad selection of electives and college-level classes designed to help students find their passion and prepare for life after graduation.

You can view the high school curriculum guide on our site or download a PDF version.

High School Equivalency class (formerly GED) at CMS

Classes open to students 17 years or older who lack a high school diploma and have left school. Instruction is done by a certified teacher who works with students to overcome their challenges so they can successfully pass the exam. Classes are ongoing and meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. Visit the Capital Region BOCES Adult Education page for more information.

What you may not know about financial aid and the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines eligibility for federal student financial aid programs, such as Pell Grants, federal student loans and federal work-study. Learn about FAFSA “Dos and Don’ts” before you fill out an application

Students have Naviance accounts

Naviance is an online web-based program for college research, applications, and family connection that includes career research as well. It is required for each student intending to apply to college. If you have any questions please contact the high school counseling office.

Working Papers

New York State Employment certificates are required for all workers who are less than 18 years old. Applications for working papers are available in the school nurses office.

The application requires a parent/guardian signature and a health form to be signed by the applicant’s physician verifying he/she has had a physical examination within the past year. It is not necessary to have a job before obtaining the working papers.

Your counselor recommends that all students obtain working papers upon their 16th birthday. Working papers are available for students ages 14-15 upon request.

Vocational Education

College resources

Applying to College

  • The Common Application – The Common Application is the recommended form for 299 selective colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs. Many of these institutions use the form exclusively. All give equal consideration to the Common Application and the college’s own form. 
  • SUNY Application

Athletics

College resources/research

Scholarship Resources

  • GoodCall – GoodCall has the largest scholarship database in the world.
  • FastWeb – Free Scholarship search engine. Over 1.3 million scholarships are available to apply for on the website.

Homework Helpers

Preparing our students for success in tomorrow’s world.

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