Welcome to Hunter College High School's Counseling Office!


The goal of the Counseling Department is to help students benefit from every aspect of the school experience. The staff is available to students, parent(s)/guardian(s) and teachers for discussion of students’ academic, personal or future planning concerns.

The primary role of the counselor is to assist students in the development of awareness of themselves and their environment and to translate that awareness into actions which enable them to fully realize their potential.

Counseling Office

Main Phone 212-860-1268
Fax 212-860-1127

Colleen Hennessy, Department Chairperson
212-860-1251, chenne@hccs.hunter.cuny.edu

Deidre Engram, Administrative Assistant
212-860-1268, dengram@hccs.hunter.cuny.edu

Haruka Kuga, College Process Assistant
212-860-1268, hk90@hccs.hunter.cuny.edu

School Counselors

Colleen Hennessy, Department Chair and Counselor grades 9-12
212-860-1251
chenne@hccs.hunter.cuny.edu

Lee Weinberg, grade 7
212-860-1452
lweinber@hccs.hunter.cuny.edu

Sheila Garcia, grade 8
212-860-1269
shgarcia@hccs.hunter.cuny.edu

Joe Napolitano, grades 9-12
212-860-1272
jnapo@hccs.hunter.cuny.edu

Brenda Meyers, grades 9-12
212-860-1271
bm551@hunter.cuny.edu

Dr. Sunny Suh, grades 9-12
212-860-1270
ss7988@hunter.cuny.edu

Services Overview

List of 5 items.

  • Academic Advising

    Academic Advising is offered by the counselor who offers insights into course selection and extracurricular activities, offers tips on time management and study skills.
  • College Counseling

    Students and families begin working during the spring semester of the junior year with their college counselor on the formalized college counseling process. The College Kickoff officially “kicks off” this profess, as students are invited to attend this event to learn about the timelines that lie ahead. The College Counselor beings to work with the junior students through group/class meetings, individual appointments, and various events held throughout the spring. Students begin to complete a list of possible college choices, and are encouraged to continue the college search process throughout the summer. College counseling for seniors is an extensive program of small-group meetings, as well as guidance through the process of applications and college essays. Student/parent/guardian(s) evening informational programs are also offered—-covering various topics related to the application process and financial aid. One of the most challenging yet rewarding tasks for the College Counselor is completing a strong letter of recommendation for each student. Admissions officers visit Hunter throughout the fall to talk with interested students. Such visits enable students to learn firsthand about the colleges they may be considering. College admissions officers also meet directly with members of the department to learn more about the curriculum and the preparation students receive at HCHS.
  • Personal Counseling

    Personal counseling is available with the counselor who meets directly with students to help identify problems and work through them. The counselor assists teachers, administration and outside resources in addressing academic, personal, behavioral and emotional concerns. These services include:
    1. Serving as an advocate for students
    2. Listening to students and assessing their needs/developing realistic interventions
    3. Helping student set goals
    4. Aiding students in gaining insight into their learning style and to assess their overall needs
    5. Assisting students with transition issues and adjustment to school
    6. Providing educational information and programs for parent(s)/guardian(s) and faculty.
  • Psychological Services

    Balancing the demands of Hunter College High School and personal life can be challenging; The Hunter College H.S. Counseling Services has clinical psychology fellows here to help students handle this stress and pressure successfully and constructively. At times, just talking can make a difference; while other times, more intervention is needed. We strive to help our students manage the demands of life through confidential and individualized services. Our licensed social worker can assist students in overcoming personal, academic, and/or crisis situations that could negatively impact their progress and success at Hunter College High School.

    Some examples of what these services can help students with:
    1. Conflict with parents
    2. Grief of a loved one
    3. Personal or family crisis
    4. Emotional distress
    5. Feelings of inadequacy/loneliness
    6. Feeling depressed or anxious
    7. Sexual identity/orientation
    8. Sexual harassment/assault
    9. Traumatic experiences
    10. Substance abuse

  • Transcript Requests

    Alumni Transcript Requests

    Via Fax or Mail
    If you are a HCHS alumnus/alumna requesting a transcript, please make your request in writing. You must include: name, class, addresses where transcripts should be sent using the “Alumnae/i Transcript Request” form and a current address and phone number for yourself. This request can be mailed to:

    HCHS Counseling Department
    71 East 94th Street
    New York, NY 10128

    You are welcome to send a fax to: 212-860-1127.

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! You must include a $6.00 check made out to: Hunter College High School with your request. Please note that there might be as much as a two week processing period, and standardized test scores do not appear on the transcripts.

    Current HCHS Students Transcript Requests
    If you are a HCHS student requesting a transcript, please make your request in writing by completing the “Current Student Transcript Request Form” and returning it to the Counseling Office (Room 441). In addition, you must attach a stamped envelope addressed to where you would like the transcript sent. For seniors, this request (if being sent to a college), must also include an SSR form. The College Counseling Office will only mail ‘Official’ transcripts from our office directly to a third party (college, scholarship organization, employers, etc). Please note that there might be as much as a two week processing period, and standardized test scores do not appear on the transcripts.

Transcript Requests

List of 2 items.

  • Alumni Transcript Requests

    Via Fax or Mail
    If you are a HCHS alumnus/alumna requesting a transcript, please make your request in writing. You must include: name, class, addresses where transcripts should be sent using the “Alumni Transcript Request” form and a current address and phone number for yourself. This request can be mailed to:

    HCHS Counseling Department
    71 East 94th Street
    New York, NY 10128

    You are welcome to send a fax to: 212-860-1127.

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! You must include a $6.00 check made out to: Hunter College High School with your request. Please note that there might be as much as a two week processing period, and standardized test scores do not appear on the transcripts.
  • Current HCHS Students Transcript Requests

    If you are a HCHS student requesting a transcript, please make your request in writing by completing the “Current Student Transcript Request Form” and returning it to the Counseling Office (Room 441). In addition, you must attach a stamped envelope addressed to where you would like the transcript sent. For seniors, this request (if being sent to a college), must also include an SSR form. The College Counseling Office will only mail ‘Official’ transcripts from our office directly to a third party (college, scholarship organization, employers, etc). Please note that there might be as much as a two week processing period, and standardized test scores do not appear on the transcripts.