Bendicsen, Cathleen, Ed.D.
Counseling Department Chair        504 Coordinator


Dollaske, Kara
School Counselor


Feldkamp-Pradhan, Julie
School Counselor            


Fuller, Andrew 
School Counselor


Gardner, William
School Counselor


Goldman, Karla
School Counselor


Julian, Lisa
School Counselor       


Oliveros, Diane 
Bilingual School Counselor


Thompson, Amy
College and Career Counselor


Tucker, Ashley
School Counselor


Walz, Ryan
School Counselor


Weber, Trisha
School Counselor





  • Due to the change in timeline for course selection, the following timeline will be used.  This is for course selection for student's 2019-2020 classes. 
  • Freshman and Sophomores heard a comprehensive presentation about this process, changes to courses and the timeline on Wednesday, October 10th. 
  • Junior students will get this information in a presentation on Friday, October 26th.  Students should listen to announcements and read their emails for their 3rd period presentation location for 10/26/18.  
  • Class-specific packets with Course Selection worksheets were/will be distributed to students in their grade-level presentations by their counselor.  These packets are available for printing here as well (if lost, etc.).  
  • When students attend their Individual Course Selection Meeting with their counselor, they need to bring their COMPLETED Course Selection worksheet. 
  • It is important to familiarize oneself with York's Academic Policies when making choices for next school year.  York's Graduation Requirements are also important to know.   
  • Failure to participate in the Course Selection process may result in the student's counselor being forced to enter course selections on their behalf.  These selections may not be able to be changed.  
  • York High School makes many efforts to provide students and families with ample opportunities and resources in order to be able to make informed decisions regarding the levels of courses to take, selection with regard to post-secondary plans and elective opportunities that our school possesses.  For this reason, we encourage all students to take ownership in their process.   


October 10  
Course Selection Process Introduced to Students
October 29 - Nov 9        
 Online course selection OPEN (*part of FOG lesson, *only for current freshman)
November 12 - 20            
Current Junior Individual Course Selection Meetings
November 26 - Dec 4      
Current Sophomore Individual Course Selection Meetings
December 5 - 12              
Current Freshmen Individual Course Selection Meetings

January 22 & 23 - Make-Up meetings
January  23 - Course Selections closed


Class of 2022 Materials:

Current Freshman (C.O. 2022) Course Selection Worksheet: Sophomore Course Selection Worksheet 18-19(1).pdf (PDF)

Reminders for Freshmen: COURSE SELECTION REMINDERS for SOPHOMORE COURSES (current Freshmen).pdf (PDF)

Courses by Career Cluster (for current Freshmen): Career Cluster Sophomore Classes to take at York.pdf (PDF)

Class of 2021 Materials:

Current Sophomore (C.O. 2021) Course Selection Worksheet: Junior Course Selection Worksheet 18-19.pdf (PDF)

Reminders for Sophomores: COURSE SELECTION REMINDERS for JUNIOR COURSES (current Sophomores).pdf (PDF)

Courses by Career Cluster (for current Sophomores): Career Cluster Junior Classes to take at York.pdf (PDF)

TCD Application form (Due by December 14th)

Class of 2020 Materials:

Current Junior (C.O. 2020) Course Selection Worksheet: Senior Course Selection Worksheet 18-19.pdf (PDF)

Reminders for Juniors: COURSE SELECTION REMINDERS for SENIOR COURSES (current Juniors.pdf (PDF)

Courses by Career Cluster (for current Juniors): Career Cluster Senior Classes to take at York.pdf (PDF)

Academic PE Waiver Request form (Due by December 14th to your Counselor)

TCD Application form (Due by December 14th)


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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.  


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 


York's CEEB Code is 141-805.  This code is necessary when registering for a standardized college admissions test.  


The Freshman Mentor Program provides upperclassmen the opportunity to work with freshmen in a leadership role. By working with freshmen on a weekly basis for the first semester of school, mentors help provide a supportive environment for these students as they being their high school experience. Candidates for the program undergo a rigorous application process. Those chosen for the program participate in ongoing training that focuses on leadership and communication techniques. All mentors are required to abide by the York Code of Conduct. The Freshman Mentor Program is listed on the transcript as a pass/fail class and is assigned .5 credit at completion.

Calling all Freshman Mentoring Applicants for the 2019-2020 mentoring year!  Counselors seek a wide range of personalities, strengths and leadership styles.  The application deadline is Friday, February 1, 2019.  Click HERE to access the application.  

In addition to the completed and submitted application, the following pieces of information will be used to determine the 2019-2020 Freshman Mentors:

1.  Interview 

2. Assignment (part of the interview process)

3. Academic Standing (C or 2.00 GPA average minimum)

4. Discipline Record

5. Historical Attendance

6. Signed Statement of Commitment




Your confidentiality and privacy as a student is important to  us as school counselors. What you tell us will never be repeated unless you reveal information on harming yourself, harming others, situations of being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, or we are required by the court or legal proceedings to do so. If there is ever a need to reveal information, we  will ensure that you are aware of this and we will work with you to handle the situation in a way that respects you, your feelings, and your needs. 


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.