The Otter Valley Guidance and Counseling Department provides a variety of services in three areas: personal/social, career/college, and academic counseling. Within these three areas are specific services: counseling, teacher consultation, resource coordination, information delivery, parent education/consultation, placement, course registrations, and scheduling. Students are the primary focus of these activities. Counselors also work closely with parents, teachers, and administrators.

Otter Valley counselors spend the majority of their day working directly with students. Through individual counseling and classroom presentations, counselors address the developmental needs of students and provide crisis intervention. They are also in frequent communication with faculty, staff, and parents in order to coordinate services and provide an optimum school experience for all students.

Any student who wishes to meet with his/her counselor individually should make an appointment. In emergencies, however, a student should come in to see his/her counselor without advance notice. Parents are encouraged to use the guidance services, calling (802) 247-6833 with questions or concerns regarding their child's academic/social/emotional needs.

Middle School Transition Info

Seniors, please pay close attention to how the scholarship committee would like to receive your application.  Deadline dates can be labeled postmarked by or received by, which will make a difference in timing when you send them out.

Scholarship Name - Deadline 

NROTC Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps - Rolling deadline

Elks Most Valuable Student-11/27

American Legion National H.S. Oratorical Contest-12/2

AXA Achievement Scholarship-12/15

Foot Locker Scholar Athlete-12/15

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship-1/4

Vermont JCI Senate - 1/20

Knights of Columbus Scholastic Achievement-3/10

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship-3/31

American Legion of VT Scholarships-4/1

AMAA Scholarship-5/1

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship-6/14

BigSun Scholarship-6/19

AP Course Information

Not sure if taking an AP course is for you? Click here for more information regarding AP courses and the benefits of participating in them.  

Links to our additional education programs:

Stafford Technical Center - Stafford Technical Center has been providing technical education since 1974. Over the past ten years, many things have changed in technical education and the programs that Stafford Technical Center provides. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with personal goals ranging from college, immediate workplace, or apprenticeship. Please check out all of our exciting and new changes through this web site or a visit to the center.

Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center - Our mission is to provide high quality technical, workplace and continuing educational opportunities for the secondary and adult learners of Addison County. The Hannaford Career Center is located in Middlebury, Vermont.

Moosalamoo - Students at Moosalamoo are engaged, inspired and informed. The curriculum is unit-based, linking traditional academics with real life applications and real life rewards. We put extensive emphasis on not only fact-based knowledge, but interpersonal skills, stewardship, self-direction, and personal investment.

School Choice 

School Choice Options

Are you interested in attending another high school?

The legislature passed a law in 2012 (Title 16, Section 822a) allowing students at Vermont’s 61 public high schools to apply to attend any other high school in grades 9 ‐12. Before the new law was passed, students could apply for school choice only within a region of which their high school was a member.

Students interested in applying for School Choice to area high schools need to complete and submit to the Guidance office a School Choice Application by February 26, 2018 (no later than 3:00 p.m.)  Limited slots are available. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than slots available. Students will be informed by April 1 of school choice decisions or thereafter as slots are available.

Please contact the Otter Valley UHS Danielle Bishop, Guidance Secretary in the Guidance Department directly at 247-6833 ext. 208 for an application.

For more information please see: School_Choice_FAQs.pdf



Lori Robear - Director of Guidance 
Danielle Bishop - Administrative Assistant
Meredith McCartney - Guidance Counselor 
Claudia Larrow - Middle School Guidance Counselor
Katie Wallett - Student Assistance Program Counselor
Amy Smith- Student Information Systems Specialist

College/Military Visits

Juniors and Seniors: We have many college and military representatives that visit throughout the year to visit with you!  If you are interested in speaking with one of these representatives, please see Ms. Bishop for a pass.  

Senior Events & Deadlines

Middle School Information



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