Locust Valley students are getting a jump-start on the college application process with help from the Locust Valley High School Guidance Department. Almost 150 colleges and universities have already visited LVHS for college fairs or individual college visits and at least 40 schools are scheduled for future visits, with additional schools requesting visits every day. The guidance department is also holding parent information nights throughout the year, specific to each grade level, which focus on the high school curriculum, graduation requirements, student involvement in extracurricular and leadership opportunities, and the college application process.

Mini-fairs, which can bring in 20-30 college representatives at a time, give students a chance to collect brochures and ask questions about the school, the admissions process, and the requirements. “It also gives students a face and a name that they can connect with at that school,” explained Locust Valley High School Assistant Principal Rebecca Gottesman. “Communication between students and college representatives is critical in displaying ‘demonstrated interest’ to the colleges our students apply to.  With these difficult budgetary times, the colleges take note of students who communicate with them directly when their applications are being reviewed.”
Individual college visits are held in a more intimate setting. Only one college representative meets with seniors who are interested in applying to their school. This offers an opportunity for the college representatives who will be reading our students’ applications to develop a vital relationship with our students. Guidance counselors encourage students to research the college prior to the one-on-one meeting and present thoughtful questions. These visits are targeted towards those who already know they are considering that specific school.

Evening parent presentations address the specific questions parents and students have at each grade level. They also provide helpful insight that many families may not be aware of, especially since college admissions trends often change from year to year and it is important to be current with this information. “These meetings highlight the academic and extracurricular opportunities available to help our students be competitive for admission to the college of their choice, including the most selective schools in the country,” said Ms. Gottesman. Information on SATs, ACTs, college essays, resumes, campus visits, and interviews are discussed at junior and senior parent meetings. Younger high school students and middle school families are offered guidance on course selection, the importance of participation in extracurricular activities, and more.

The slide shows presented at parent meetings, along with details on college fairs, testing, scholarships, and all things guidance related, can be viewed on the district website at