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Guidance Department 307
Guidance Department

J. Daides - Department Head (N-V)​

C. Cohen -  Counsellor (W-Z)

A. Pantusa​ - Counsellor (A-G)

J. Petrone - Counsellor (H-M)
C. Zhang​ - Secretary
If you would like to make an appointment with a guidance counsellor, please email​.  

International  Languages (IL) Fall Program- Credit Courses 2021-2022

Registration for YRDSB Students

Please see our credit course offerings on our website: IL Credit Program

The course offerings and sites are available on My Pathway Planner login page. Students can register through My Pathway Planner from June until September 10th. For assistance, view the My Pathway Planner Tip Sheet. Print a copy of the sign-off sheet and obtain parent/guardian signature before submitting the registration form on the first day of classes at the selected language site.

If you do not have the opportunity to register through ‘My Pathway Planner’ before September 13th, 2021, you may do an online registration after September 13th. Please complete the online registration form and submit it to the selected language site on the day of registration. Start dates are available in the International Languages Credit Course Brochure 2021-2022 

Guides to Post-Secondary

​​Guidance Department 

The Guidance Department of Alexander Mackenzie High School offers you, your parents and your community a variety of services and programs.  
Guidance Counsellors address questions and concerns regarding high school program planning and academic success. They provide information regarding educational alternatives and career choices. Counsellors provide students with a safe, non-judgmental opportunity to address personal and social issues.
During each year of high school, counsellors meet with students to inform them about useful study skills, careers, researching and applying for college and/or university.  (Pathways Beyond​ & Pathways in Ontario Math)  This enables students to make a successful transition to post secondary education or to the workplace. We also provide assistance obtaining information about Scholarships and Bursaries . Your guidance counsellor will work with you to create a program that is tailored to meet your needs. Within the semester system you have the opportunity to develop a program that is uniquely yours. You will be able to select subjects that meet your academic interests and your educational strengths.
It is extremely important that you take time to make subject selections (PDF 48kb). Talk with your parents, your teachers and your guidance counselor before you finalize your decision. Students are encouraged to review their academic progress and to discuss their personal goals. Appropriate materials such as pamphlets, course calendars​ (doc 28kb) and resources made available. Students are also able to attend the York Region Career Center on request.
Many students and parents consult with counsellors regarding personal concerns. Individual or small group counselling is available upon request. Counsellors also provide referrals and liaison with community social service agencies if this is needed.
Throughout the school year the Guidance Services Department organizes and assists with many special programs. As well, we invite speakers from universities, colleges and the world of work.

The Guidance Program at AMHS

Through Individual and group counseling, classroom visitations, workshops and seminars  the guidance program provides opportunities for students to gain the skills and information necessary to:
  • Develop Educational Plans (PDF 48kb)
  • Help you plan your educational choices, both high school courses and post-secondary programs, so that they are flexible and suited to your needs, aptitudes and abilities.
  • Explore career alternatives
In the career development area of our program, Counsellors help you:
  • Learn more about yourself by encouraging you to recognize and make full use of your interests and aptitudes.
  • Explore a variety of careers.
  • Practice the decision-making skills needed to make wise future choices.
  • Gain self-knowledge & relate effectively to others.
To help you be effective in all life roles, we offer supportive individual and group counseling to foster self-understanding and the development of effective inter-personal relations.
Making a counseling appointment?

Your Guidance Counsellors like to see you as often as possible so we encourage you to make an appointment whenever you feel the need, whether it be for questions about your timetable, trouble with a course, concerns about your future, or problems with friends or family.
Counselors are assigned to students according to the first letter of the student's last name. For academic counseling all students work with their assigned counsellor to ensure that their academic records are in order. For personal counselling students are encouraged to approach their assigned counsellor first, however, are free to work with the counsellor with whom they feel most comfortable.
Here's what you do to see one of the Guidance Counselors.
  1. Come to the Guidance Services Area (Room 143) either before or after school, or during your lunch break to make an appointment with our Guidance Secretary.
  2. Show the form to your subject teacher at the beginning of the period for approval, and come to the Guidance Office at your scheduled time.
  3. Your Counselor will note the time the appointment ended, and you will use the slip for admittance back to class. ​​​

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