NHS School Counseling Department Philosophy/Mission Statement

The Needham High Counseling Department is committed to advocating for all students and to being an integral part of the NHS community.  Counselors assist, guide, and direct students and families with academic planning, social/emotional issues, post-secondary planning, and many other areas relevant in a student's high school experience.  Counselors help students develop a strong sense of self, a respect for others, and offer guidance in making good decisions and helping students achieve their aspirations.

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News to know

Last edited 5/16/24

DESE has partnered with uAspire to provide free financial aid resources and webinars to high school seniors in Massachusetts. Upcoming offerings include:

Questions about the webinars is asked to please email Leticia Reyes Trotman at Leticiar@uaspire.org and visit uaspire.org/resources.

 Virtual Service Academy Night on Tuesday, May 28th from 6:00-7:30pm

This is an opportunity for high school students in grades 9-11 to learn more about the application process for the five United States Service Academies: West Point, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marines, and Coast Guard.


During the Academy Night, students will get to hear from Congressman Auchincloss’ staff about the Congressional nomination process required for four of the five the service academies (Coast Guard Academy does not require a Congressional nomination). We will also be joined by representatives from each of the service academies to hear about the individual schools’ application processes.


Pre-registration for the webinar is required. Students and parents may register for the webinar at this LINK.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jenna.Massoud@mail.house.gov or by phone at (617) 332-3333.


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Join Us This Summer at Landmark College

With the end of the semester drawing near, we invite any high school or college-age students who dream of being a more confident and better prepared learner to explore our summer programs.

Online Programs

5-Day Online Boot Camp

July 15 – 24, 2024
Cost: $1,850

This program is for recent high school graduates or current college students looking to gain skills and build confidence before the fall semester.

Landmark College’s experienced faculty will help you discover:

Putney, Vermont Programs

High School Summer Program

Who Should Attend? Rising high school juniors and seniors who find it challenging to keep pace academically and want the chance to experience college.

July 6 – 27, 2024
Cost: $5,990—Traditional Track or $7,190—Social Pragmatics Track (includes room, board, and activities)

Landmark College’s High School Summer Program offers students the chance to experience college life as members of a learning community focused on academic achievement, mutual respect, and personal change and growth.

Our Social Pragmatics Track draws on the evidence-based PEERS® curriculum to support students with autism or similar diagnoses.


“The High School Summer Program really taught Catherine to be organized, like teaching her to take notes in a way that helps her learn. Her understanding of the way she learns is really something that has carried over to what she’s doing now.”  -- Steven and Beatrice Brogan, parents of Landmark College High School Summer Program participant. 


Summer College Readiness Program

Who Should Attend? Recent high school graduates preparing to enter college in the fall. (Admission to a college other than LC is required to participate.)

July 14 – 27, 2023
Cost: $4,060 (includes room, board, and activities)

This program focuses on preparing college-bound high school graduates—through practice and exposure—for their crucial first semester of college.

Students are immersed in a living and learning experience that offers a real taste of college-level work and  will begin to understand and embrace their transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood.  Students develop a clear understanding of their learning strengths and needs, while discovering various resources and self-advocacy aids that will assist them in the transition to college.

Summer Bridge Experience

Who Should Attend? Current college students who are struggling to find solid academic success.

July 7 – August 10, 2024
Cost: $8,500 (includes room, board, and activities)

This program builds executive function skills, and helps students develop the comprehension, writing, and executive function skills needed to return to their home college and find success.

Participating students can earn up to 3 college credits, depending on their chosen area of study.

*Physical Education courses are an additional cost.

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