Welcome to the Bronxville High School Counseling Department!
The Counseling Department of the Bronxville School seeks to provide services that recognize and value the academic, social and emotional well being of each student. Counseling services play a crucial role in supplying students with the knowledge and support they need to plan an individualized program of study that will lead to graduation and prepare them for college.
A student’s counselor is concerned with his or her total development: intellectual, physical, emotional and social. In addition the counselor uses the special services offered by the school to assist students with special problems. The counselor confers with students, parents, teachers and other in house support professionals, and interprets results from standardized tests and makes referrals for outside services as needed. The counselor helps the student plan a program of studies suited to the student’s abilities and aims. All students are encouraged to meet with their counselor frequently throughout the year.
The Director of Counseling Services is Ms. Anne Abbatecola. The counselors are:
Mr. Aaron Kind
Ms. Ellen Cohen
Ms. Barbara Dhyne
Students and their parents are invited to meet individually with their counselor to discuss educational goals, future planning and course selection for each year. Additional individual conferences with students and/or parents are held as the need arises and may be initiated by the teacher, counselor, student, parent or administration. One of the main purposes for individual conferences is to exchange information about the child and to facilitate working together for the student’s benefit. Appointments should be made through the Counseling Office.
The Counseling department provides group guidance on a broad range of issues. Transition into the ninth grade, developing four-year plans, honing study skills, advocacy training and focusing on becoming a contributing member of the high school community are important considerations. For sophomore year the focus is educational and social issues with an introduction to career exploration. During junior year, students begin to look at post high school options. A systematic approach for the college search and application process is emphasized.
Regarding off-campus College Visits, students are required to complete a Planned Absence form signed by their parents prior to the visit. A maximum of three days annually may be considered legal absences for this purpose.
Anne Abbatecola has been working at the Bronxville School for 14 years. Before that, she served in the Harrison Central School District for 14 years and in the Eastchester Schools for 10 years. As the director of counseling at Bronxville, she strives to maintain ongoing interaction and open communication with students, parents and staff. She helps students make connections with teachers and staff, and express their ideas, questions and concerns at all times. Her goal is to help each student achieve optimally, transition well into high school, develop a plan for post-high school study and be prepared for the challenges of life after high school. She also encourages students to find activities and interests in the classroom and extracurricular activities that they can devote their energy to. Abbatecola directs the Freshman Transition Program, organizes and implements grade-level meetings and programs, and brings in speakers relevant to the department’s work. She has had the privilege of serving on the Counselor Advisory Committee for Southern Methodist University and on the Scholarship Selection Committee for Rhodes College, and also attends programs on topics relevant to her work with students. Over the past two years, she has visited area high schools to identify how the new counseling department space should be designed to best serve students in Bronxville and to exchange ideas and information about programs and services. Abbatecola holds a master’s degree in counseling from Columbia University’s Teachers College, as well as certificates as a French teacher, school counselor and school administrator.
Now in her 14th year at Bronxville High School, Ellen Cohen has the privilege of watching her students develop into young adults over the four years she gets to know them. She particularly enjoys working on their writing with them and helping them capture their voice in their college essays. Before working at Bronxville, she worked at East Side Community High School and in the selective performing arts program of Washington Irving High School in Manhattan. Cohen graduated cum laude from Brandeis University, receiving the J.V. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Writing. While at Brandeis, she was selected as the student coordinator for the New England region of The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. She also served as an ambassador, speaking to potential applicants at high schools. Cohen began her career in higher education admissions in the office of the registrar for graduate theater programs at Harvard University, aiding in the processing of applications to the very selective programs at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater. She received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from New York University. She has completed additional coursework in special education, grief and bereavement counseling, and drug and alcohol counseling. She also holds an advanced certificate in college admissions counseling from UCLA.
Barbara Dhyne has worked as a school counselor with a range of students, from kindergarten to high school seniors, for the last 34 years. Her first counseling position was at Long Island Lutheran High School, where she served for six years as the director of guidance, until a move out of state brought her to work in a public-school setting with younger students. During her tenure as an elementary school counselor for the following 10 years, she taught guidance classes and ran parenting, student grief, and interpersonal skills groups while also serving as a Child Study Team member, gifted assessment team chairperson and school test coordinator. When she returned to New York in 1999, she began counseling students at Bronxville High School. During her first years at the high school, she worked with ninth grade students as they transitioned into high school. She has worked closely with school social workers in leading girls leadership groups and was actively involved in the inception of the Freshman Transition Program. Dhyne enjoys supporting students as they navigate their adolescent years, reflect on their strengths and interests, and ultimately grow as healthy young adults. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hunter College and a master’s degree in counseling from Hofstra University, as well as an additional 30 credits toward a mental health license.
Aaron Kind began his school counseling career at the Bronx High School of Science, where he served students for nine years. He has been a counselor at Bronxville High School for three years. As a school counselor, he advises students on course planning, works with students to set academic and college goals, provides individual counseling, collaborates with teachers to best serve the needs of students and presents workshops in classrooms. He is also the adviser of the Student Faculty Legislature. He is professionally drawn to staying on top of trends in the field of higher education, discovering and implementing new technology to connect with students or technology which helps students learn more about themselves and their interests. He also collaborates with the school leadership to accomplish the goals set out by the faculty following the Challenge Success survey results.
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