Holyoke High School College Counseling

About HHS College Counseling

The Holyoke High School College Counseling program aims to provide all students, grades 9-12, with the information, skills and resources they need to pursue a postsecondary education. To accomplish this mission, school counselors meet with students in groups and individually to provide college counseling. In addition, stand-alone workshops are offered to all students and caregivers to educate families about the different aspects of post secondary planning. The college counseling team is led by a College and Career Counselor and is supported by the school counseling department.


College Info & College Counseling Appointments

Visit (and subscribe to) Ms. Rigali’s Youtube Channel for tutorials and videos about college!

Read the College Counseling Newsletter for the latest updates on upcoming events and action steps students should take.

Sign up for an appointment with Ms. Rigali. Appointments may be used for:

  • Help with college applications
  • Signing up for SAT
  • Talking about college; asking questions
  • Completing a financial aid application
  • Caregivers and students are welcome to sign-up
  • More appointments will be added!
College Counseling Office Hours: The College Counseling department will offer virtual office hours every Monday from 6-7pm for students in all grades and their families. Use this link during office hours.

Upcoming Events

MEFA Presents: Q&A with College Admissions

  • March 22nd at 6:30pm, for 10th and 11th grade student admissions | Registration Link

Preparing to Apply to College

  • March 25th at 6pm, Discussing the college search, standardized testing, letters of recommendation and the college essay | Zoom Link

Six Colleges presents “Junior Jumpstart”

College Admissions Night for parents and guardians

  • May 6th at 6:30pm, a panel of college admissions offices to share tips and insights on the college application process | Zoom Link

Six Colleges presents: Navigating and Belonging

  • May 24 and 26 at 8pm,  A Special Session for First-Generation and Low-Income Students | Registration Link

College & Career Planning Activities Year by Year

Learn about careers and colleges in Freshman Seminar

Use Career Cruising to explore careers and majors

Visit with college reps at HHS

Consider signing up for Upward Bound or Gear Up

Consider applying for the Early College program at HHS

Use Career Cruising to explore careers and majors

Take the PSAT (may not be offered in 20-21 due to COVID)

Use Khan Academy to practice for the SAT

Visit with college reps at HHS

Continue to explore colleges and careers through your academy, the work-based learning program, college websites, and by attending workshops offered at HHS

Consider applying for the Westfield Promise Program at HHS

Consider applying to a Dual Enrollment program through HCC, STCC, or UMASS

Attend group sessions with school counselors to learn about college (counselors come into classes)

Talk individually with counselors about postsecondary plans

Meet with the work-based learning staff to set-up internships or to obtain work

Take the PSAT in fall (may not be offered in 20-21 due to COVID)

Use Khan Academy to study for the SAT

Take the SAT or ACT in the spring

Visit with college reps at HHS and visit colleges

Make a college list and share with the college counseling department

Research colleges using search tools and websites

Attend workshops offered by HHS

Ask teachers to write letters of recommendation

Summer: write a college essay

Summer: start college applications

Refine your college list and share with college counseling department

Visit with college reps at HHS and visit colleges

Take the SAT/ACT in the fall

Ask teachers to write letters of recommendation

Apply to college

Apply for financial aid

Apply for scholarships-HHS posts many

Take any required placement tests (community college)

Work with the work-based learning staff for post-secondary job placement


College & Career Counselor

Anna Rigali: arigali@hps.holyoke.ma.us

North Campus Counseling

School Counseling Department

Dean Campus Counseling

Teresa Beaulieu, School Counselor: tbeaulieu@hps.holyoke.ma.us 

College Access Programs

Gear Up

Northfield Mt. Hermon Upward Bound Program

Work-Based Learning Program

Antonio Quinones: aqalbino@hps.holyoke.ma.us 

FAFSA Assistance

We have been awarded a grant to increase outreach to families who need help completing the FAFSA. We have two FAFSA counselors who will be joining our team to help seniors and their families complete financial aid applications AND work on planning for after high school. Seniors and families can contact them via phone or email to schedule appointments (in person or virtual):
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