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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
  • Adelphi University, College of Nursing and Public Health
  • Adelphi University, Dental Program
  • Allegheny College
  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Bentley University
  • Binghamton University
  • Binghamton University, School of Engineering
  • Boston University
  • Boston University, Kilachand Honors College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brooklyn College
  • Brown University
  • Bryant University
  • Bucknell Unicersity
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Clark University
  • Colgate University
  • The Cooper Union, Albert Nerken School of Engineering
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Cornell University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • CUNY Baruch
  • CUNY Brooklyn
  • CUNY City
  • CUNY Hunter
  • CUNY John Jay
  • CUNY Lehman
  • CUNY Queens
  • Curry College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Drew University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Emerson College
  • Emory University
  • Eugene Lang College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • George Washington University
  • George Washington University, Honors
  • Goucher College
  • Goucher College, Honors
  • Hamilton College
  • Hampshire College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Hobonim Workshop
  • Hofstra University
  • Hofstra University, Honors
  • Hofstra University, Law Program
  • Hofstra University, School of Engineering
  • Indiana University
  • Ithaca College
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • LIM College
  • List College
  • List College, Jewish Theological Seminary- Joint Program with Columbia University
  • LIU Post
  • Lyndon State College
  • Lynn University
  • Macaulay Honors College at Baruch
  • Macaulay Honors College at Hunter
  • Macaulay Honors College at Lehman
  • Macaulay Honors College at Queens
  • Macaulay Honors College at Staten Island
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • McDaniel College
  • McNally Smith College of Music
  • Molloy College, Nursing
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Nassau Community College
  • Nativ
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York Institute of Technology, Accelerated Medical Program
  • New York University
  • New York University, Tandon School of Engineering
  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts- Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
  • Northeastern University, Honors
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio State University, Aerospace Engineering
  • Pace University
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer   Honors College
  • Polytechnic Institute of NYU
  • Pratt Institute
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University, College of Engineering
  • Queens College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Richmond, The American International College in London
  • Rider University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Roger Williams University
  • Rutgers The State University of New
  • Jersey at New Brunswick, Honors
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Skidmore College
  • St. John’s University
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Binghamton, Engineering
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Buffalo State
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Farmingdale
  • SUNY Fredonia, School of Music
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SUNY Morrisville
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • SUNY Purchase
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • SUNY Stony Brook, University Scholars
  • SUNY Stony Brook, Women in Science and Engineering
  • Syracuse University
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Temple University
  • Tomer Devorah Seminary
  • Towson University
  • Towson University, Honors
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • Tulane University, Accelerated Medical Program
  • Union College
  • University of Arizona
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Connecticut, Honors
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Delaware, Honors
  • University of Delaware, World Scholars Program
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Hartford, Honors
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Maryland, Honors
  • University of Maryland, Philip Merrell College of Journalism
  • University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • University of Maryland, Smith School of Business and Honors College
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Honors
  • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • University of Miami
  • University of Miami, Honors
  • University of Michigan, College of Engineering
  • University of Michigan, Honors
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh, Honors
  • University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Tampa
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington College
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wesleyan University
  • West Virginia University
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yale University
  • Yeshiva University
  • Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women
  • Young Judaea Year Course