York Community High School
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York School Counselors

Dollaske, Kara
School Counselor kdollaske@elmhurst205.org
Feldkamp-Pradhan, Julie
School Counselor jfeldkamp-pradhan@elmhurst205.org
Gardner, William
School Counselor wgardner@elmhurst205.org
Goldman, Karla
School Counselor kgoldman@elmhurst205.org
Julian, Lisa
School Counselor ljulian@elmhurst205.org
Oliveros, Diane
Bilingual Counselor/ELL Coordinator doliveros@elmhurst.org
Saylor, Heather
Department Chair, Counseling hsaylor@elmhurst205.org
Thompson, Amy
College and Career Counselor athompson@elmhurst205.org
Tucker, Ashley
School Counselor atucker@elmhurst205.org
Walsh, Kristin
School Counselor kwalsh@elmhurst205.org
Walz, Ryan
School Counselor rwalz@elmhurst205.org
Weber, Trisha
School Counselor/504 Coordinator tweber@elmhurst205.org
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Counseling Internships for 2017-2018

The York Counseling Department will be seeking interns for the 2017-18 school year shortly.  Candidates should be enrolled in a Type-73 Master's in School Counseling accredited degree program.  Candidates should be seeking a practicum/internship experience for the entirety of the 2017-18 school year (August-May).  

Individuals interested in applying for a Counseling Internship at York Community High School should submit an application and all supplemental materials through the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 website.

Once materials are received, they will be reviewed.  Candidates may be asked to come in for an interview.  


Counseling Department

SURVEY for students during course selection

Course Selection 2017-18

Counselors will begin the 2017-2018 course request process on Friday, January 13. All students will attend an informational meeting and will be given course request worksheets. The full 2017-2018 Course Offering Book and an addendum to the Course Offering Book is available on the York homepage.

All students will be meeting in large groups with their counselor on Friday, January 13:

2nd Period – Freshmen

3rd Period – Sophomores

8th Period – Juniors

The following schedule provides the week in which your student will meet individually with his/her counselor to complete their course requests for the 2017-2018 school year. Students are required to have a parent signature on their course selection worksheet before meeting individually with their counselor.

FreshmenJanuary 18 – 23 Special Note - The first day of meetings is after the 4 day weekend – please discuss and have forms signed over our MLK Break

Sophomores: January 25 - 30

JuniorsJanuary 31 - February 3 Special note to Juniors – Applications for Special Programs (Med Careers, Invite to Teach, PE Leaders) have an application deadline BEFORE student meets individually with counselors.

Make up meetings will be February 21 – 24.  Course Requests will be closed on Friday, February 24.  Upon the conclusion of the Course Request Process you will receive information regarding how to access your student’s requests on PowerSchool after Spring Break.  At that time students and families will have 1 week from receipt of the email to notify counselors of any clerical errors.

Our goal is for each student to be able to succeed and be challenged academically to his/her own particular level of ability.  Students are encouraged to take the most rigorous courses appropriate for them. Please consider the entire schedule when making course selections as it is important to consider a balanced approach to academic, social and extracurricular commitments.


Curriculum Guide 2017-18

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Mission Statement

The overall mission of the York Counseling Department is to form strong connections with York students and families.  Through these connections, counselors support student's development through the areas of academic, career/college/post-secondary and social/emotional growth.  An underlying theme throughout the work of your student's counselor is "self-advocacy".  Self-advocacy, that is the individual's ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert their own interests, desires, needs and rights, is critical to develop throughout the high school experience.  This involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions.  

The York Counseling Department assists each student in the normal developmental tasks and challenges that all adolescents face.  York Community High School counselors are committed to the continual and reflective personal growth of our students.  The counseling program is designed to assist each student in learning skills and setting goals to reach one's potential in the academic, social/emotional and career/college/post-secondary domains.     

The majority of York students stay with the same counselor throughout their high school years and a strong attempt is made to allow counselors to remain with families when siblings attend York.  As York counselors, we have the responsibility to provide a comprehensive counseling program that is mindful of the developmental needs of all students.  Planning for the future is an important aspect of the counseling program. 

Freshman Orientation & Guidance Program

College and Career Exploration and Planning

Special Programs Applications 2017-18


Due Dates:

  • Invite to Teach Application Due:  1/27/2017 to Miss Foss in room A122

  • Med Careers Application Due: 1/27/2017 to the YSS Office

  • Parking Application FOR SPECIAL PROGRAMS ONLY Due: 1/27/2017 to Mr. McGuire in room C123

  • Career Internship Application Due: 2/24/2017 (completed online)

  • Freshman Mentoring Due: 2/16/17 to your Counselor

Career Internship

  • Students applying for Career Internship should complete this ONLINE APPLICATION by 2/24/2017.


Invitation to Teach

  • Students applying for Invitation to teach  need to complete THIS APPLICATION and submit a hard copy, along with the essay questions and a letter of recommendation to Miss Foss in the FCS Office (A122) by 1/27/2017.


Medical Careers

  • Students applying for Medical Careers need to complete THIS APPLICATION and submit a hard copy, along with an essay and letter of recommendation to the YSS Office by 1/27/2017.


Freshman Mentoring

College and Career Corner

York's College & Career Resource Counselor is Mrs. Amy Thompson.  The work that Mrs. Thompson does complements the comprehensive counseling services that the York Counseling Department provides throughout each student's high school career.  Junior and Senior students receive the most direct-services from the CCRC, but all students are encouraged to discuss post-secondary planning with their assigned school counselor, in addition to utilizing York's post-secondary planning resources: Naviance and Career Cruising.  

Link to: College & Career Resource Center

Link to: Career Cruising

Link to: Naviance Family Connection 

Course Selection & Scheduling

January and February marks the beginning of the 2017-18 Course Selection Season. 

Beginning in January 2017:

  • Students will receive course level recommendations for core courses.
  • Counselors will present to each grade level about specific course selection information.
  • Counselors will meet individually with students to process course selection choices for the 2017-18 school year.

Course selection resources coming soon!


Academic Resources

There are a variety of ways in which students can seek support within the walls of YHS!  From Peer Tutoring in the Learning Commons, the Math Lab, the Test Make-Up Center (TMC) and our College and Career Resouce Center (CCRC), we have a lot to offer.  

Academic Resources for York Students

Academic Supports During the School Day

AP Course Descriptions

Learning Commons & Test Make-Up Center

Transcript Request Form

Attendance Office & Absence Guidelines

Standardized Testing