550 Short Avenue NY, NY 10004

COLLEGE OFFICE

Welcome Harbor School parents and students to the College Office.

 

We encourage you to use this website

as a resource for information

regarding the college process.

 

The New York Harbor School

550 Short Avenue

New York, New York 10004

 212 458 0800

on Governors Island

OUR COLLEGE COUNSELOR

Now entering my third year as Harbor School's College Counselor, I am excited to join the Class of 2018 on their journey to college.

 

I am a dedicated, emotionally invested and thoughtful counselor, who values and embodies a strength-based, holistic approach to youth development, with a special emphasis on college & career readiness and access.

 

My students mean the world to me, and fuel my life's passion to provide young adults with paramount guidance as they transition from high school and embark upon college and other post-secondary opportunities.

 

Jessica L. Cuevas

Director of College and Career Counseling

The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School

 

T. 212-458-0800 ext. 2162

F. 212-458-0801

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  • How can I find out more about the college process?

    We have a lot of helpful information right here on our website and many resources available through Naviance.

  • What is the key to being successful in the college process?

    If you do these two things, you will be successful: stay organized and follow deadlines. Although procrastination is tempting, it causes unnecessary stress and may lead to undesirable consequences.

  • When should I take an SAT or an ACT?

    We recommend that you take one of either (or one of each if you want to see which one you might like better) before the end of 11th grade, usually in the spring. This helps get a baseline of where you are, knowing that the vast majority of students will do better on their second attempt. This also helps the College Counselor when making an initial college list for the student after the first meeting. We try to have students take a test no more than three times. Also know there are many wonderful schools out there that are test-optional and the number of schools that are becoming test-optional grows every year. They are realizing that the tests do not indicate the success of a student in college and want to look at the student in a more holistic manner.

  • What is the difference between ED (Early Decision) and EA (Early Action)?

    Early Decision is binding. This should only be used if you found a college that is overwhelmingly your first choice. If accepted, you must attend your Early Decision college. Early Action is not binding. This will give you the opportunity to apply early (usually November 1 or 15), and you will be notified mid-December regarding your admission. You are not obligated to attend. Research each school’s application policy as schools differ in deadlines and restrictions.

  • When should I take an SAT or an ACT?

    We recommend that you take one of either (or one of each if you want to see which one you might like better) before the end of 11th grade, usually in the spring. This helps get a baseline of where you are, knowing that the vast majority of students will do better on their second attempt. This also helps the College Counselor when making an initial college list for the student after the first meeting. We try to have students take a test no more than three times. Also know there are many wonderful schools out there that are test-optional and the number of schools that are becoming test-optional grows every year. They are realizing that the tests do not indicate the success of a student in college and want to look at the student in a more holistic manner.

  • What are New York Harbor School's High School Code?

    Our code is 330636.

  • What is the Common Application?

    Colleges and universities have worked together to develop and distribute a Common Application. Colleges “join” this effort and their membership means they accept the Common Application and commit to considering it equally to their own specific application form. Students can fill out the Common Application and submit it multiple times to a number of schools. Students can even tailor their essay to individual schools using the Common Application.

  • What is the "Counselor Recommendation"?

    The "Counselor Recommendation" is your official letter of recommendation from the college office. It is sent along with your official transcript and our school profile.  The letter is based on your Naviance brag sheet, grade reports, teacher comments, and our conversations with you.

  • What are teacher recommendations and how do I get them?

    It is entirely your responsibility to contact two of your teachers (preferably at least one core subject teacher) to request letters of recommendation. This can be done in the Spring of junior year and into the fall of senior year, usually no later than October 1 if you are applying early, or November 1st if applying regular descision.  After a teacher has agreed to write for you, you must put their name in your Naviance/Family Connection account so they can upload their letter.

  • How do my transcripts and teacher recommendations get sent to colleges?

    The College Office will send an official copy of your Field transcript to every school to which you apply based on what is on your Naviance/Family Connection list. You should inform the College Office when you have applied to a school by updating the “My College” section on Naviance/Family Connection to note your application has been submitted and then by calling or emailing your counselor.

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550 Short Avenue

NY, NY 10004

 212 458 0800

COLLEGE OFFICE