Chatham BOE Advocates for More Counselors After 2016 Graduate Report

After hearing the report on 2016 graduates, BOE member Rich Connors advocated for more guidance counsellors Credits: TAP Chatham
Douglas Walker, CHS assistant principal, gave a report on the 2016 graduates at the BOE meeting on Monday Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham High 2016 graduates made 2,162 applications to college Credits: TAP Chatham
Ninety-five percent of the 2016 Chatham High graduates are attending four-year colleges Credits: TAP Chatham
Eighty percent of 2016 CHS graduates are attending "Most," "Highly" or "Very" competitive colleges in which to gain admission. Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - A call to hire more school counselors by some board members came after Douglas Walker, assistant principal, gave the annual report on the most recent Chatham High graduates on Monday at the regular meeting of the Chatham Board of Education.

Walker's wide-ranging power-point presentation on the Class of 2016 stated that ninety-five percent of last year's senior class went on attend a four-year college.

In addition, 80 percent of the students attending college were accepted into schools rated "Most," "Highly" or "Very" competitive when it came to admittance standards.

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"We had 2,162 total applications in the senior class last year, 1,247 acceptances were given," Walker said. "The average student in 2016 applied to an average of 7.69 schools and got into 4.48, which is a 66 percent acceptance rate."

The statistics on applications prompted board member Richard Connors to advocate for the hiring of more counselors. Chatham has six counselors at the high school, as well as one college & career assistant.

"The situation is only going to get worse," Connors said. "I think we need more."

Board president Jill Critchley Weber voiced her agreement with Connors, pointing out that each application requires four archived documents. 

The report also indicated that 35 percent of the Class of 2016 went to public colleges and 65 percent chose private institutions.

The class also produced 84 AP Scholars in 2016 and 29 National AP Scholars.




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