Counseling Services

The mission of Hunterdon Central’s Counseling Services Department is to assist all students in academic development, personal/social development and career development. 

This mission is closely aligned with our District vision of “Performance Excellence for Everyone.”   

Counselors, in their unique position as student guides and advisors, play a critical role in the District’s vision.  The high level of service and commitment displayed by our counselors enables our students to experience measurable academic, social, and emotional growth, and to enjoy being a part of our school-community.

To best serve the needs of our students, Hunterdon Central’s Counseling Services Department operates in the structure of a “House System.”  Counselors work in teams to provide services to a specific class of students.   A team of counselors first meets students when they arrive at Hunterdon Central as freshmen.  The same counselors will guide these students through the next four years of their high school experience, advising on academic curriculum and course selection, and assisting in overall development.  This “House System” structure allows a counselor to get to know each student as an individual; this is particularly valuable during the college admissions and career development process, when it provides an optimum structure for counselor-student guidance.

In addition to grade level counselors, Hunterdon Central’s Counseling Services Department also provides specialized counseling services in two critical areas:   

  • Student Assistance Counselors work to provide confidential counseling and intervention, as well as social and emotional services and support to students, in the area of addictions.
  • The College and Career Center is staffed by a specialist in the college admissions area, who works with grade level counselors, as well as directly with students, to provide an expert, professional approach to the college research, selection, and admissions process.
Counselors at Hunterdon Central view each student as an individual, a unique human being endowed with dignity and worthy of respect. All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual differences and special needs are considered in planning and implementing the high school’s counseling program.  These goals are in accordance with the American School Counseling Association’s Standards for a Comprehensive Developmental Guidance Curriculum (CDCG).   

Hunterdon Central also believes in the value of active parent involvement in student development.  The Counseling Services Department therefore welcomes parent involvement and is dedicated to a high standard of parent/guardian communication.  Along with encouraging direct parent/counselor communications, the department presents a series of parent seminars on key counseling issues every year, which are available online and broadcast on HCTV-Channel 27, the District’s cable television station.

Counseling Curriculum

Click to view the 2016-2017 HCRHS Simplified Counseling Curriculum



Dana Kurilew
Supervisor of Counseling Services

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Counseling News

  • Student Grades in Aspen

    We have reached that point in the school year that would traditionally have been the end of the first quarter. Although we now function under an A/B schedule and no longer have traditional quarters, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind parents that student grades are posted and available in Aspen, and this is an excellent time to check in to see how your son/daughter is doing in classes this year.

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  • First Marking Period Grades for Colleges

    In November, Counseling Services will have the ability to send first marking period grades to colleges. Please be aware that not all schools require these. Students must have written communication from a college requesting that grades be sent.

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  • Early College Planning Night

    The Counseling Services Department will host an Early College Planning Night on Thursday, November 3, at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. Freshman and sophomore parents are encouraged to attend.

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  • Financial Aid Night

    Counseling Services will host "Financial Aid Night" on Thursday, October 20, at 6:30 PM in Hunterdon Central's Auditorium.

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  • PSAT Information for Sophomore & Junior Parents

    The PSAT will be administered at Hunterdon Central on Saturday morning, October 15, 2016. All sophomores and juniors are strongly encouraged to take the PSAT.

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Jan 12

11th Grade College Planning Night/Parent Presentation

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Auditorium
Apr 06

College Admissions Panel

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Auditorium
May 25

Senior Awards Night

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Auditorium