Academic Development

    National Standards for School Counseling Programs
    Academic Development

    Standards in this area guide the school-counseling program to implement strategies and activities to support and enable the student to experience academic success, maximize learning through commitment, produce high quality work, and be prepared for a full range of options and opportunities after high school. The academic development area includes the acquisition of skills in decision-making, problem solving and goal setting, critical thinking, logical reasoning, and interpersonal communication; and the application of these skills to academic achievement. The school-counseling program enables all students to achieve success in school and to develop into contributing members of our society.
    • Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span.
    • Standard B: Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post secondary options, including college.
    • Standard C: Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work, and to life at home and in the community.

    Tuition-Free and Dual Enrollment Courses for R-H Senior High School Students
    The Rush-Henrietta Board of Education endorses the participation of Rush-Henrietta Senior High School students in tuition waiver and dual credit programs with local universities and colleges. The Rush-Henrietta Coordinator of Instructional Support Services coordinates this participation. Formal written guidelines will be established with the participating colleges and universities. The ongoing partnership of the district with these colleges and universities will be governed by these guidelines.

    College Study Program (University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology)
    After completion of the sophomore year, students are eligible to take up to two college courses each semester/quarter, TUITION FREE, at the University of Rochester and/or Rochester Institute of Technology. Students gain experience with college-level work and may earn college and high school credit. Students are recommended for the program on the basis of academic record, interest, and ability to perform successfully in a college setting. The student must provide transportation, books, and materials.

    In order to meet New York State Education Department regulations, a student must complete at least 108 hours to earn one high school credit. All college grades and credits are posted to the student's high school transcript upon submission of the college grade report. Application forms and specific criteria are available in the Counseling Center, or from the related files below.

    View specific course information on their websites:
    University of Rochester  (Select Course Descriptions/Schedules)

    Rochester Institute of Technology  (Under Public, select 2018 Schedule of Courses)

    Dual Enrollment (Monroe Community College)
    The Rush-Henrietta School District has partnered with Monroe Community College (MCC) to offer students the opportunity to participate in dual credit courses that are taught by Rush-Henrietta Sr. High School teachers, who have worked closely with MCC faculty to ensure that their courses are equivalent to those offered on the MCC campus. Students earn college credits at reduced tuition rates. Please see the related file below for a current list of classes. 

    Academic Intervention Services (AIS)/Progress Monitoring
    To help students meet academic demands in the core content areas, the Rush-Henrietta School District offers Academic Intervention Services (AIS), as mandated by New York State. AIS supplements the instruction provided in the general education curriculum and assists students in meeting the State learning standards and designated performance levels on State assessments in English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Multiple measures, which are reviewed several times throughout the school year, are used to identify appropriate students.  Individual student intervention plans are developed based on the needs of the student.

    Three levels of AIS support exist that may include targeted instruction provided by the classroom teacher in collaboration with an appropriate AIS consultant teacher, and direct student support scheduled in an independent setting, depending on the severity of the student’s needs. The support provided outside of the normal classroom time may reduce the number of electives a student can take that school year. 

    View a video that briefly explains the concept of Academic Intervention Services.

    Annual Guidance Reviews 
    For information about any of the programs listed below, please contact Tim Shafer, Director of Academic Services at (585) 359-5528 or