Newton North's College & Career Center is staffed by specialized counselors who provide career and college counseling. Students are welcome to make College & Career Center appointments beginning at the start of the third term (late January) of Junior year. Parents may also participate in the College & Career Center meetings. These meetings focus on specific post-secondary educational plans and how they fit with career and life objectives.
The Center houses an excellent collection of reference materials for educational and career planning. Materials include: information on occupations, directories of two and four year colleges and specialized programs, directories of private secondary schools, directories of college programs for learning disabled students, information about summer programs, and sources of financial aid. In addition, the Center contains a large collection of college catalogs.
Students and parents are welcome to drop by the College & Career Center, which is in Room 110 on the first floor of NNHS, or call or email the College & Career Center Counselors. The College & Career Center is open during school hours.
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Job and volunteer opportunities for students are posted on Naviance (see description and guest access info to the right).
If you are an employer or have a volunteer opportunity for a high school student, please contact
Bradford R. MacGowan, Ed.D. Room 110A
(617) 559-6349Brad MacGowan has been a school counselor since 1986 and a Career Center Counselor at NNHS since 1996. He visits colleges throughout the country and regularly attends conferences on college admissions. Brad has also presented on various topics related to college admissions at regional and national conferences. His articles on college admission issues have been published in the Journal of College Admission, Professional School Counseling, the NACAC Bulletin, and College Counseling Connections. His dissertation is titled "By chance or by design: Structures of opportunity for college bound African Americans." He is a Past-President of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC).
Sarah Hoffman Room 110B
Sarah Hoffman began working at Newton North in the fall of 2009. She brings a wealth of experience in college counseling and college admission to the College and Career Center. She was an Assistant Director of Admission at Smith College, and worked in admission at McGill and College of Charleston. For many years she was a College Counselor at Northfield Mount Hermon School and has run summer college counseling workshops at Yale and Tufts. Sarah meets with college representatives and visits college campuses in the US and Canada throughout the year. Her Masterâ€™s Degree is from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
The college planning guide is a comprehensive guide that answers a lot of questions about the college application process. This guide is a supplement to the direct and personal support given by guidance counselors and college counselors.
Click here to download.
(guest access password: tiger)
Newton North uses a web-based tool for post-high school planning called Naviance. This program contains data on colleges throughout the country and keeps track of recent NNHS college applications, student statistics and admissions decisions. Naviance is accessible to counselors, students and parents (with a NNHS approved registration code) from any computer with web access. Guest access is available by using the password: tiger