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College Guidance

An Individualized Approach

With our counselor to student ratio, each family receives an incredible amount of individualized support to help their child navigate the college admissions process.

Guiding Students to Their Dream School

The college application process is among the most exciting, if often stressful times in a high school student’s life. Our dedicated counselors help ensure a smooth and productive path through it all. Students begin to work with our college counselors beginning in grades 9-10. They are introduced to Naviance, our college and career program, career exploration programs, and sample college applications. The true source of our great success in placing our students in amazing colleges and universities across the world lies in the relationships formed by the guidance counselors with their students. These deep relationships make it relatively easy for the counselors to identify a student’s strengths, weaknesses, passions and interests, all in the service of placing them in an environment that best supports their continued growth and maturity.

Meet Our Counselors

Mark Kowalsky

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My name is Mark Kowalsky, and I am a college counselor at Schechter School of Long Island. Beginning my 45th year in education working with teenagers, I have taught high school English, been a guidance counselor in public school and a college counselor, always helping teens learn about themselves and their places in the world. This is definitely the best part of my job. My current position at Schechter is by far the best job I have had. I am all about caring, community, and learning, so Schechter has all the qualities that I admire. I have a B.A. in English, a Masters Degree in English Education and a Masters Degree in School Counseling. I love reading and anything that takes me to the world of art history.


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Art Mandel

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I am Art Mandel and am one of the college counselors. I have been a college counselor for over 30 years and have traveled from coast to coast, and from Canada to our southern border visiting over 350 colleges and universities, meeting with admissions officers and students. I have also been the Director of Guidance for the Roslyn School Districts where I built and directed the counseling program from K-12. I hold three advanced degrees and attend a variety of conferences to insure that Schechter is state-of –the-art. My greatest joy is working with students to find the right college fit where they realize their dreams and will thrive as they prepare for their future.


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Jade Battaglia

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My name is Jade Battaglia and I am the 9th and 10th grade School Counselor. I received my Masters in School Counseling from Hofstra University in 2010 and joined the Schechter family in 2011 where I have been pursuing my passion for working with students along their social, emotional, and academic journeys. Through various stepping stone activities, I work closely with each student individually and in groups to ease them into the college process. My favorite part of any day is when a student pops into my office to ask a question or just have a chat!


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Recent Acceptances

  • Adelphi University
  • Barnard College
  • Bentley University
  • Binghamton University
  • Boston University- Honors Program
  • Brandeis University
  • Brooklyn College
  • Brown University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Cornell University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Emerson College
  • Emory University
  • Farmingdale State College
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • George Washington University
  • Haverford College
  • Hofstra University
  • Indiana University
  • Ithaca College
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • Lehigh University
  • List College-Jewish Theological Seminary-Joint Program with Columbia University
  • Macaulay Honors Program
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Molloy College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York University- Tisch School of the Arts- Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State University
  • Princeton University
  • Queens College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rice University
  • St. John’s University
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Stony Brook- WISE-Women in Science and Engineering Program
  • Syracuse University
  • The Cooper Union
  • The Ohio State University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Delaware- Honors Program
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Maryland-Honors College
  • University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wesleyan University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yale University