Certified School Counselors provide academic advisement, personal/social counseling, and college/career planning to assist students, explore options and make decisions.

Mrs. Burmingham & Ms. Green are available to meet with students individually, in small groups and in the classroom setting.

Please call 315-348-2530 and ask to speak with a school counselor.

Scholarship Overview


The South Lewis School Counseling Department receives various scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors throughout the year. Copies of scholarship applications are available in the school counseling office. Scholarship bulletins are presented to senior classes throughout the year. It is the responsibility of each senior to pick up scholarship applications from the school counseling office. Applications must be carefully completed with special attention given to scholarship deadlines. Ask your school counselor if you have questions.

  • Neatness counts
  • Private colleges may require the CSS profile for financial aid
  • Fill out college applications or scholarships in pen (use the same to complete entire application).
  1. Apply only if you are eligible. Read all of the scholarship requirements and directions carefully to determine if you are eligible.
  2. Complete the application neatly and carefully- use only one color pen.
  3. Follow directions- provide all information required. 
  4. Essays required for an application are important. Ask your English teacher and school counselor to assist you with your final essay. It is okay to use an essay for more than one application as long as it matches the criteria requested. 
  5. Give yourself enough time to meet DEADLINES. Make sure you hand in your application, essay, and any references at least one week prior to the deadline. Some applications must be mailed prior to the deadline. Snow days DO NOT extend deadlines. 
  6. Save copies of your applications and essays in case something comes up missing. 
  7. Review the entire application and materials prior to submitting (spell check). 
  8. Remember- your scholarship application represents who you are. You must submit an application in a neat and timely manner. Keep it professional looking.

For more information on scholarships and tips for success, check out the following sites:

JCC & MVCC Freshmen Scholarships. Visit the college website for scholarship information and directions on how to apply. There are four different types of scholarships:
  1. Merit Scholarships- based on academic standing
  2. General Scholarships- for students who demonstrate financial need
  3. Organizational Scholarships- for students whose parents belong to specific organizations listed on the application4. High School Scholarships - specifically for graduating high school seniors



Career & Technical Education/BOCES Opportunities


Students must have at least 10 credits to attend a technical program and successfully completed English 10 and Global Studies 10 to participate in a BOCES technical program.

Available B.O.C.E.S. PROGRAMS

  • Auto Body Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Environmental Conservation & Forestry
  • Gas & Diesel Mechanic
  • Innovation Production Design Tech
  • Medical Careers
  • New Vision Health
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Veterinary Practices
  • Visual Communications

National College Entrance Exams

Many colleges use these scores to compare college bound students to each other and as an indicator of potential college success. Students should research college admissions requirements to determine whether or not they must take these exams.

For test dates & registration go to:

School codes required for the SAT/ACT:

South Lewis High School Code: 335653 (Must be included for scores to be sent to South Lewis.)

Lowville Test Center Codes:

  • for SAT: 33570
  • for ACT: 181500

PSAT/NMSQT (college bound juniors): The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is designed to provide practice and suggestions for students who plan to take the SAT in the spring of their junior year. "The PSAT/NMSQT measures reading, writing and language, and math skills developed over many years, both in and out of school. You will not be asked to recall facts from literature, history, or science, or to complete math formulas, because this test measures your reasoning and critical thinking skills."

October @ South Lewis High School

Information about the test for parents: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html


1. Set goals. Make a promise to yourself. Set goals and work toward them right from the start. Your grades are an important part of your high school career. Colleges will check your grades (including freshman year) as part of the college admissions process. Employers often call to ask about your grades as well.

2. Get to know your teachers. Pay attention to your teachers, especially on the first day of school. They will give you a course outline and some important information about class expectations.

3. Ask for periodic updates of your grade. Ask your teachers how you are doing and suggestions for improvement.

4. School Counselor Support. Get to know your high school counselor. Students whose last names begin with A-K have Ms. Green and those with L-Z have Mrs. Burmingham. Our goal is to provide a friendly and helpful counseling office environment. Make an appointment to speak with your school counselor if you have personal/social issues, need academic advisement or have questions about career and college planning.

5. Take Control of your High School Program. Make sure you understand your graduation requirements. Your school counselors will cover the requirements during orientation and each time you schedule for classes. There is also an on-line link to your graduation requirements. Understand your Grade Point Average (GPA), class rank, and keep track of your high school credits.

6. Ask for Help. If you are having trouble in school ask your teachers for help. Use activity period to get extra help. Use your study halls wisely to do your homework and study for tests.

7. Start Planning for your future. Beginning with your freshman year you should start setting some goals for after you graduate. You don't need to have a specific career in mind, but start thinking about what you would like to do with your life. Go to the guidance office to get information on careers and colleges that may make your decision easier. Use the career and college websites that are available to use at home or in the library. "Choices" is a free career-planning program you can use in school.

8. Smile! Even if you are terrified inside, smile. Keep an optimistic attitude. Find out what other students are doing to be successful.

Good Luck!
Ms. Green & Mrs. Burmingham