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At every grade level, High School for Environmental Studies students are provided with opportunities to grow and to build upon their education in a manner that will serve them for the rest of their lives and help them to 
gain admission to post-secondary opportunities that fit their intellectual and personal abilities, interests, and aspirations.



Jessica Arkin, College and Career Counselor, Room 2010

Email Address:

Phone Number: 212-262-8113 x2100

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (before school and after school hours available upon request)

CEEB CODE: 333674



9th Grade

Peer Group Connection (PGC) creates a nurturing environment for incoming 9th graders by creating peer-to-peer dialogue about real high school issues with older students. Once per week, pairs of junior and senior peer leaders meet with small groups of 9th graders in outreach sessions designed to strengthen relationships among students across grades. These peer leaders are simultaneously enrolled in a daily, for-credit, year-long leadership course taught by school faculty during regular school hours.


10th Grade

All sophomores enroll in an elective called College and Career Seminar.  College and Career Seminar seeks to promote exploratory learning, skills development, and real-world application through internships where students gain exposure to different career fields. Students also prepare for the PSAT and participate in postsecondary exploration activities. These experiences guide students as they begin developing their postsecondary plans.   


11th Grade

The college counselor, 11th grade English teachers, and the 11th grade college and career teacher collaborate to offer career awareness and college exploration activities. Eleventh grade English teachers also help juniors develop a draft personal statement. Additionally, juniors are invited to attend online chat sessions with HSES Alum and HSES Seniors to explore a variety of college and career topics. As a culminating activity, juniors complete a postsecondary plan that includes a draft list of colleges and universities.

Some of the juniors also participate in College and Career Seminar, an elective bearing course that provides students with basic knowledge and skills they need as they prepare for the SAT and plan for further training in a college and/or career.


12th Grade

The College and Career Office is dedicated to serving students as they transition from secondary to postsecondary education. The college counselor collaborates with 12th grade English teachers to offer resources and support needed to successfully complete postsecondary and financial aid applications. Seniors are invited to participate in one-to-one meetings and small group sessions. Additionally, 12th grade English classes also elect two college captains. They serve as liaisons between the classroom and the college office and provide important communication to their peers. 


Virtual College and Career Activities (Spring 2020)
HSES Next Steps College and Career Discussions – HSES Alum and HSES Seniors lead college and career seminars for 9th-12th grade students. 
College and Career Committee
Jennifer Rodriguez, AP, Guidance,
Jessica Arkin, College Counselor,
Paulina Chan, 10th Grade College and Career Teacher,
Jennifer Degrace, Librarian,
Erin Hill, 11th Grade College and Career Teacher,
Bridget Mahoney, 9th Grade Peer Group Connections Teacher,