The Otter Valley Guidance and Counseling Department provides a variety of services in three areas: personal/social, career/college, and academic counseling. Within these three areas are specific services: counseling, teacher consultation, resource coordination, information delivery, parent education/consultation, placement, course registrations, and scheduling. Students are the primary focus of these activities. Counselors also work closely with parents, teachers, and administrators.

Otter Valley counselors spend the majority of their day working directly with students. Through individual counseling and classroom presentations, counselors address the developmental needs of students and provide crisis intervention. They are also in frequent communication with faculty, staff, and parents in order to coordinate services and provide an optimum school experience for all students.

Any student who wishes to meet with his/her counselor individually should make an appointment. In emergencies, however, a student should come in to see his/her counselor without advance notice. Parents are encouraged to use the guidance services, calling (802) 247-6833 with questions or concerns regarding their child's academic/social/emotional needs.

AP Course Information

Not sure if taking an AP course is for you? Click here for more information regarding AP courses and the benefits of participating in them.

Additional education programs:

Stafford Technical Center - Stafford Technical Center has been providing technical education since 1974. Over the past ten years, many things have changed in technical education and the programs that Stafford Technical Center provides. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with personal goals ranging from college, immediate workplace, or apprenticeship. Please check out all of our exciting and new changes through this web site or a visit to the center.

Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center - The mission of the Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District is to provide educational experiences that prepare secondary and adult students with the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce in careers that are high-skilled, in high demand, that pay a livable wage and to continue their education.

Moosalamoo - Students at Moosalamoo are engaged, inspired and informed. The curriculum is unit-based, linking traditional academics with real life applications and real life rewards. We put extensive emphasis on not only fact-based knowledge, but interpersonal skills, stewardship, self-direction, and personal investment.


School Choice 

Are you interested in attending another high school?

The legislature passed a law in 2012 (Title 16, Section 822a) allowing students at Vermont’s 61 public high schools to apply to attend any other high school in grades 9 ‐12. Before the new law was passed, students could apply for school choice only within a region of which their high school was a member.

Students interested in applying for School Choice to area high schools need to complete and submit to the Guidance office a School Choice Application by February 26, 2018 (no later than 3:00 p.m.) Limited slots are available. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than slots available. Students will be informed by April 1 of school choice decisions or thereafter as slots are available.

Please contact the Otter Valley UHS Danielle Bishop, Guidance Secretary in the Guidance Department directly at 247-6833 ext. 2608 for an application.

For more information please see: School_Choice_FAQs.pdf

NROTC Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps - Rolling deadline

Elks Most Valuable Student-11/27

American Legion National H.S. Oratorical Contest-12/2

AXA Achievement Scholarship-12/15

Foot Locker Scholar Athlete-12/15

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship-1/4

Vermont JCI Senate - 1/20

Knights of Columbus Scholastic Achievement-3/10

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship-3/31

American Legion of VT Scholarships-4/1

AMAA Scholarship-5/1

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship-6/14

BigSun Scholarship-6/19


Lori Robear
Director of Guidance
Danielle Bishop  Administrative Assistant
Meredith McCartney  Guidance Counselor 
Claudia Larrow 
Middle School Guidance Counselor
ext 2609 

Katie Wallett
Student Assistance Program Counselor
ext 2605 

Amy Smith- Student Information Systems Specialist
College/Military Visits
Juniors and Seniors: We have many college and military representatives that visit throughout the year to visit with you! If you are interested in speaking with one of these representatives, please see Ms. Bishop for a pass.

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