Website helps college-bound

09/23/2010 12:00 AM |

Mattituck-Cutchogue High School students will get help from a website this year as they try to decide which colleges are right for them.

The school district has contracted with Naviance, a subscription-based website that allows students to enter their high school grades and test scores to see how their numbers compare with those of students accepted by colleges they plan to apply to.

The site lets students know “if their grades are good enough to go to those schools,” said guidance counselor Jason Mastropierro, who gave a presentation on the service to the Mattituck school board on Sept. 16. The software also allows students to take a “career interest profile” survey, Mr. Mastropierro said.

The guidance department helps seniors prepare an average of 700 college applications a year, and Naviance will allow students to put together most of a college application, including recommendation letters, transcripts and test scores, with just the click of a button, according to Mr. Mastropierro. The site also indicates when college recruiters will be visiting schools, lets students make appointments from their home computers and print out hall passes to be excused for those meetings.

On another front, the district is in the process of unveiling a new computer system called Parent Portal, which will give parents online access to student attendance records, grades and, eventually, homework assignments.

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