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Our job is to work with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members to help students succeed in school and life in general. Sometimes this may involve helping to find solutions to bigger problems, but other times it may simply involve a listening ear if someone is having a bad day. Whatever the issues may be, it is our goal to make each NAMS guidance office a welcoming and helpful place for all students. Whether you're just beginning your 3-year journey, or continuing through middle school, it's our hope that we can all be supportive and encouraging companions for each other along the way.

Resources & Information

For more information about the Guidance Dept., private and vocational school application process, transition to high school, and resources for parents, visit the standalone NAMS Guidance website.

NAMS Guidance Website

Private High School or Technical High School - Application Process

We understand the importance of finding the right school for your child and will support them throughout this process. If your child is planning on applying to a private high school or technical high school we ask that you familiarize yourself with our process and requirements using the link below.

The PROCESS & REQUIREMENTS may be found here.

Please have your child fill out the STUDENT INFORMATION SHEET found here and provide a copy to your child's guidance counselor as well as any teacher who is writing a recommendation.  This information is incredibly helpful as our wish is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of your child's strengths, accomplishments and overall skill set.

We ask parents and students to research private high schools on their own.  The guidance department does not provide information or applications regarding private high schools; however, we will assist your child by writing recommendations and sending all supporting documents.  For "on-line" recommendations, the guidance department completes the "school report" (i.e. "principal/counselor recommendation" and "transcript" form).  "Personal"  and "Special Interest" recommendations are generally completed by someone other than the guidance counselor.

Greater Lawrence Technical High School and Essex Tech applications are now generated online, see links below:

GLTS Application

Essex Tech Application

Please Note: Trimester 1 ends on December 2, 2022 which means that transcripts cannot be uploaded prior to this date. All private/technical school applications that have been given to Ms. Nightingale will be uploaded when transcripts are available.  We will make every effort to upload your child's applications by the identified due date.


Amanda Christiansen

Adjustment Counselor

Georgia Chute

Guidance Counselor

James Gosselin

Guidance Counselor

Julie Nightingale

Guidance Counselor

Rachel Scribner

Adjustment Counselor

Laura Stevens

Adjustment Counselor