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Planning Parts


This page is updated regularly with information that will help parents and students through the College Planning process.

Researching Colleges

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Where to start?

Read and reference the College Planning Guide provided by the Counseling Center

View the College Workshop for Juniors:

  1. Junior Year Timeline
  2. Princeton Review and Standardized Testing 
  3. FAQ’s with CHS counselors 
  4. Panel Discussion with Higher Education
  5. College Essay/Personal Statement
  6. Common Application Workshop

 Additional Steps

  • Start with self reflection, define what you are looking for in a college and prioritizing whats important to you
  • Use Naviance to develop a prospective colleges list and compare your qualifications to recent CHS applicants, refer to this video for guidance
  • Attend college informational visits and college days/fairs hosted at CHS
  • Schedule a school visit or virtual tour - You can often find them on the “Visit” section of the schools website or through third party websites such as YouVisit and CampusReel

ROAM Summer Virtual Admissions Webinars
      Application Process for Student Athletes 6/25/20 @5:30PM
      Going to College "Undecided" 7/7/20 @4:00PM
      Is a Degree in Business Right for You? 7/14/20 @4:30PM
      The Admissions Process/ Q & A for Juniors 7/21/20 @5:30PM
      Virtual College Fair 7/22/20 @4:00PM
      Financing Your Education 7/28/20 @5:30PM
      Going Out of State 8/4/20 @5:30PM
      College Essay Workshop 8/11/20 @5:30PM
      Degrees for a Sustainable Future 8/20/20 @5:30PM
      Love Computers? Let's Make a Career Out of It 8/25/20 @5:30PM
      What are Pre-Professional Tracks (Pre-Law, Pre-Med...) 9/2/20 @5:30PM
      Opportunity Programs (HEOP & EOP) 9/22/20 @5:30PM
Click here to register

College Application: Essential Components

5 parts
Over 800 colleges and universities use the Common App for admissions. The Counseling Center offers ‘camps’ to incoming seniors to assist them create and update their Common Application. Please refer to this video for help on creating your account, Many generic answers are available on this cheatsheetRegardless of the method used to admit students it is vital that students complete all required sections.  It is recommended that the application is reviewed before submitting it. 
Test Scores - visit SAT and ACT
ACT / SAT / SAT Subject Test: Students must ensure they send all official scores from the testing agency to the schools they are applying.
Personal statement

A good essay can make a difference. Review the Common App Essay Prompts.

Start early and have someone review it.
Attend CHS summer camp to have your essay reviewed by a college admissions counselor.
Letters of Recommendation
When requesting a teacher recommendation, the student must provide the teacher with the ‘Request for Teacher Recommendation’ form and responses to three of the questions listed on the form.
Your guidance counselor will prepare a recommendation letter after they have received the Student Autobiography, Parent Feedback and Activity Resume. 
Activity resume
Record and summarize all work experience, volunteer service, extracurricular activities, awards/certificates and athletic achievements obtained during your high school career. This information can be recorded in Naviance or a format similar to this sample.
Your initial transcript will be sent when applying to colleges. 
Your final transcript will be sent to the college you will be attending, as reported on your senior survey.
If a school requires additional grades, please provide the Counseling Center with the completed request forms for 1st quarter grades and/or Mid-year transcripts
  • If you have taken any College Level Classes at the high school, you need to contact the college(s) directly to send your transcript to the school you have committed to. Please refer to the course affiliation list for additional information. 
  • Your IB scores will be automatically sent to the school you have committed to. For additional information please refer to the End of Year letter or the IB Programme Website.
  • You must also report any AP scores to the school you committed to for evaluation. Please visit the AP College Board website for additional information.
Hard copies of all forms can be found in the Counseling Center.


College Application Processing

For detailed steps on how to submit your college application, click here
At CHS we provide students with the opportunity to get on the spot admissions to over 10 schools during our On-Site Admissions days. For additional information please click here.

College Financing

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There are many resources available for students to assist in financing their college education. We have complied a short list of resources to help you get started. Please visit our College Financing page regularly for updates.
Contact Information
By Mail:  1 Scholar Lane Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  (631) 912-2100
By Email: [email protected]
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