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Welcome NHS Students and Families!

  • The Guidance & Counseling Department at Newburyport High School uses a holistic approach to student learning, health, and wellbeing. Our school counselors strive to enhance the academic and personal experience of our students by forming safe and authentic relationships.

    The Guidance & Counseling Department provides a multitude of services and resources to assist students in developing plans for the future. The School Counseling Program is committed to focusing on the needs, interests, and issues related to student growth as well as the individual development in academic, career, and personal/social areas. By guiding and nurturing the whole student, we help build the skills necessary to be successful both academically and socially at NHS and beyond.

    In addition to our traditional school counselors, a limited number of school adjustment counselors provide support for students who experience emotional distress that interferes with their ability to make progress in school or who are returning from therapeutic hospitalizations and require emotional support. School adjustment counselors provide psychological services as required for special education students in their IEPs, as well as individual counseling for general education students when referred by the school counselor.


    For our students and families new to Newburyport High School, this virtual high school tour will give you a firsthand look at our campus, facilities, and resources available to students. It will help you navigate through the halls, classrooms, and common areas, providing you with a better understanding of what to expect during your time at Newburyport High School.

    We understand that starting at a new school can be a daunting experience, but we want to assure you that our staff and faculty are here to support you every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are always here to help and make your transition as smooth as possible. We value the diversity and uniqueness that each student and family brings to our school community. We look forward to getting to know you and welcoming you to the Newburyport High School family. Thank you for choosing us as your school, and we are excited to have you join us on this new journey!


  • Upon entering ninth grade, students are assigned to a school counselor primarily using an alphabetical system. Some students are assigned to a school counselor outside of their alphabetical breakdown in order to keep family members together or to balance counselor caseloads. Students are assigned to the same school counselor for their four years of high school.

    To discuss a question or concern, or to schedule an appointment, students and families can contact their school counselor directly by phone or email.

Contact Us

First Name Last Name Position Phone Extension Email
Kourtney Adams School Adjustment Counselor, Therapeutic Learning Center (978) 465-4440 1235 kadams@newburyport.k12.ma.us
Kathleen Bohler School Counselor (978) 465-4440 5023 kbohler@newburyport.k12.ma.us
Jaime Calisi School Adjustment Counselor, BRYT Program (978) 465-4440 1315 jcalisi@newburyport.k12.ma.us
Sara Phelps School Counselor (978) 465-4440 1316 sphelps@newburyport.k12.ma.us
Carly Fair School Adjustment Counselor (978) 465-4440 1150 cfair@newburyport.k12.ma.us
Christine Fitzgerald School Counselor (978)465-4440 5027 cfitzgerald@newburyport.k12.ma.us
Lauren Gee Director of Student Support Services (978)465-4440 5025 lgee@newburyport.k12.ma.us
Jessica LeBlanc Administrative Assistant (978) 465-4440 5009 jleblanc@newburyport.k12.ma.us
Michael Nesson School Adjustment Counselor (978) 465-4440 5010 mnesson@newburyport.k12.ma.us
Aaron Smith College and Career Counselor (978) 465-4440 1127 aribaudosmith@newburyport.k12.ma.us
Melissa Potter School Counselor (978) 465-4440 5022 mpotter@newburyport.k12.ma.us
  • For School Counseling Graduate students who are interested in interning within the guidance department at Newburyport High School, please reach out to Lauren Gee at lgee@newburyport.k12.ma.us for further information.