High School Guidance Department

Mr. Lawrence Wolff
Director of Student Personnel Services
201-445-7700 x 8918

Kristen Alpaugh
201-445-7700 x8915

Ellen Barrett
201-445-7700 x8914
Theresa Caren
201-445-7700 x6221

Laura Vargo
201-445-7700 x8909
Marisa Davitt
Administrative Assistant
201-445-7700 x8918

Mary Wolos
Administrative Assistant
201-445-7700 x8919

Guidance News & Announcements

2019 Rotary Club Scholarship - Deadline Extended

The Rotary Club of Ridgewood will again be offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors - $500 for each of four years of full-time enrollment in a college, technical or vocational school. NOTE: The deadline is April 12, 2019. Applications should be submitted to Mrs. Davitt in the Guidance Office. No late applications will be accepted!
Please click here for the Application.

2019 Bergen County Curriculum Consortium Scholarship

This spring, the Bergen County Curriculum Consortium will award three (3) scholarships in the sum of $1000.00 per scholarship as follows:
1 to a student who will attend a 2 or 4 year college
1 to a student who will attend a vocational or technical school
1 to a student who will attend a college, vocational, or technical school as well as completed the FAFSA and demonstrates financial need 

The application, including details of the requirements and the application process, are available at the link below.  The application deadline is April 26th.


If you have any questions about this please contact Sue DeNobile at sdenobile@wood-ridgeschools.org.

Glen Rock Local Scholarship Form Now Available!

The Glen Rock Local Scholarship Application Form is now available! This year, the form is a Google Form, and the link to access it can be found on-line on the GRHS Guidance website, on the 'Scholarship Information and Applications' page. Please be sure to read the instructions completely before starting the application form!

Glen Rock Local Scholarships are awarded to select graduating seniors each year from a variety of sources affiliated with the GR community. The scholarships require the completion of an application and, in some cases, supplemental materials as well. Recipients are selected by committee, or by the individual(s) offering the scholarship. The instructions outline the requirements for each scholarship, and indicate whether any supplemental information is required. In addition, there are scholarships with application supplements that are completely separate, and can be accessed via the links on the instruction page.

Please note that the application form must be completed and all related materials submitted online no later than 3:00 PM on Friday, May 3, 2019. No late applications will be accepted or considered, as the selection committee and individual donors will require adequate time to properly evaluate each application.

2018-19 Green Twig School Scholarship
The Green Twig School is offering
scholarship from $250 - $500 for a graduating senior who plans to major in Early Childhood Education. They should have an outstanding academic record (“B” average or better both Junior and Senior year), involvement in school and/or community activities, and a minimum of one (1) teacher recommendation (or guidance counselor) discussing student’s work ethic and relationships with peers and teachers.
The application can be found here, and the due date for submission is April 22, 2019.

NJIT Offering "Splash" Program for GRHS Students

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is hosting a program called Splash and would like to invite Glen Rock High School students to its campus in Newark, NJ on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 for a fun day of learning! Splash is a daylong event where students in grades 9 through 12 can take classes on a variety of topics taught by NJIT students themselves. Some examples of class topics are “Intro to Ballet” to “How to eat like Michael Phelps” to even “How to Build A Computer". (See our class catalog). Splash is a prestigious program that has been held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia, Princeton & many other universities. This year, NJIT is proud to host Splash 2019 at our university!
Splash will be running April 13th on the NJIT campus from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and lunch will be provided. The total cost of attendance is $10, but fee waivers are available for those who need assistance. Parents and guardians are more than welcome to attend this event! Apart from the classes, there will be tours for the parents and seminars on everything from admissions to financial aid.
Student registration is now open! Students must sign up before March 30th when class registration closes. For more details, see our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please email our team at njitsplash@gmail.com.

 The YWCA of Ridgewood - Scholarships Available
The Ridgewood YWCA is offering three scholarships:
The William E Remington Good Citizenship Award (up to $1,000 annually), presented to young men and women, 21 years or younger, who are members in good standing of the Ridgewood YWCA and have given significant service to their communities, religious organizations, schools and service organizations
The Nancy Wallace Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award (up to $250 annually), presented to a student that over the past two years has completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work and maintained a 3.5 GPA or greater. Student must be under 19 years of age as of the date of application deadline.
Applications are available in the Guidance Office.

Paramus Medical and Sports Rehabilitation Center’s
Angela Picchierri Sudol Memorial Scholarship

Paramus Medical and Sports Rehabilitation Center is proud to announce the first annual “Angela Picchierri Sudol Memorial Scholarships.” The ten winners will each receive a one-time award of $1,000 to be presented in the spring. Eligibility information and applications are available in the Guidance Office.

National Council of Jewish Women - Scholarships Available
The National Council of Jewish Women will award several $1,000 scholarships. Eligibility information and applications are available in the Guidance Office.

200 Club - 2019 Scholarships Available

The 200 Club of Bergen County is offering six (6) Affiliation Scholarships of $5,000 each, and four (4) Essay Scholarships of $500 each. Eligibility information and applications are available in the Guidance Office.

2019 AP Exam Payment Information
This is important information for all students planning to take AP tests in May.
Thank you for your cooperation!

2019 Mayflower Scholarship
The Society of Mayflower Descendants is offering a $1,620 scholarship. Applications are available in the Guidance Office.

Pomptonian Food Services - Scholarship Opportunity
Pomptonian Food Services is offering four $1,000 scholarships in memory of its founder, Giovina Coscia. Applications are available in the Guidance Office.

8th Grade Parents Night (Class of 2023)
Please click here to see the PowerPoint presentation for 8th Grade Parents Night, presented on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Going Merry - A New Scholarship Site!
Going Merry (www.goingmerry.com) is an awesome new scholarship website - it makes scholarship applications as easy as college applications are when you use the Common App! 

Going Merry is completely different from the older scholarship search engines:
Matching - Once you fill out your profile, you are automatically matched with scholarships you are most eligible for.
Direct Applications - You can apply directly to multiple scholarships, you never need to leave the site.
Auto-filled Applications - All of the information from your profile is auto-filled into each application, saving you time.
Estimated Application Times - Every scholarship has estimated application time to help you prioritize them.
Scholarships Grouped By Essay Topics - Scholarships are grouped by common essay topics so you can minimize the number of essays you have to write.
There is a big waiting list but all of you can skip it when you sign up here: app.goingmerry.com/sign-up.

A Guide to the College Admissions Process
Please click here to see 'A Guide to the College Admissions Process', a publication for juniors put out by NACAC, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors.

Valley Hospital Auxiliary 2019 High School Scholarship 
The Valley Hospital Auxiliary invites high school students who are planning on pursuing a career in a health-related field of study to apply to our scholarship program. Please stop by the Guidance Office for a copy of the application.

To Find the Best Fit, Ignore the Rankings
Stanford University conducted a study, and determined that college rankings are based on factors that do not match up with what students and parents are seeking in a college.
Please click here to see the article. 

Senior Parent Night
Please click here to view the PowerPoint from this year's Senior Parent Night, which was held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 

Junior Parent Night
Please click here to view the PowerPoint from this year's Junior Parent Night, which was held on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

Senior Packet Now Posted
The Senior Packet - Application Process Class of 2019 - can be accessed by clicking the link. It has also been posted in the "Guidance Resources and Info" section...check it out!

Financial Aid Night Presentation 9-13-2018
Please click here to view last night's Financial Aid presentation by Woodrow Lewis, Jr, from NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. 

Updated Testing Information - 2018-1019

Please be sure to review the updated SAT, ACT, and PSAT information for this school year...Just click on the link below under Guidance Resources!

Bergen Volunteer Center to Host 'Heart of Service Showcase'

 Please click here to see the flyer about an opportunity for students to talk one-on-one with agencies about youth volunteerism.

Naviance College Application Process - Senior Presentation 2018

 Please click here to view the PowerPoint presentation to seniors on using Naviance for college applications.

FAFSA Workshops to be held at BCC

Bergen Community College is hosting a series of FAFSA Workshops for students and parents. Please click here to see the informational flyer.

Junior Class Naviance Presentation

Please click here to see the PowerPoint presentation on using the Naviance program for a college search, that was presented to 11th grade students by the HS Guidance Department.

PARCC Testing - Myths, Facts, and Conversations

We encourage all of our students to participate in the PARCC assessments. Please click here to see the document "Myths and Facts about PARCC", and click here to see the document "A Guide to Parent and Educator Conversations about the PARCC Score Reports".

New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to decreasing youth suicide. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for New Jersey's youth ages 10-24. Parents, professionals and/or just concerned citizens can use the following resources for support and/or guidance related to suicide or suicide prevention. http://www.nj.gov/dcf/adolescent/prevention/

Senior Application Materials

The Guidance Department has prepared materials to assist you during the college application process. Counselors are available throughout the entire application process for personal conferences or telephone calls - NO QUESTION IS TOO TRIVIAL. Please feel free to call us at 201 445 7700 Ext. 8918 and/or sign up for an appointment. Click here to visit the College Application Process page for useful documents and resources.
Procrastination is a senior’s greatest downfall at this time of the year.

Parent Portal/School Fusion Registration
If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please print and complete the following form and return it to the HS Guidance Department. Upon verification, you will receive a Welcome Letter with log-in instructions for accessing the Parent Portal
-Parent Portal Account Information

Guidance Resources & Info

Useful Links

The Naviance Student Page is a powerful tool for managing the college application process. Students can search potential colleges, schedule and manage campus visits, and track their applications.

  • Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
    The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center provides valuable resources for students exploring career paths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare.