Guidance Department


The mission of the Guidance and Counseling Program of the Rutherford School District is to assist each and every student in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to become well-rounded individuals, responsible and contributing citizens, productive workers and lifelong learners.


The Rutherford School District believes that our Guidance and Counseling Program is an essential and integral part of our district’s educational program and mission. It exists in order that students are able to draw the greatest benefit from the offerings of the instructional program of the schools and are aided in identifying options and making choices in personal, vocational, career, and academic educational planning.

The RHS Profile can be found directly at this link.

Guidance Staff & Information

The Rutherford High School Guidance Department supports the school’s mission to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

Students are assigned to guidance counselors by the student’s last name. Every attempt is made to retain the assignment of the same guidance counselor to a student throughout the student’s high school career. Students are encouraged to make appointments with their guidance counselor for leadership, support and planning throughout their years at the high school.

The Rutherford High School Guidance Department is ready to help students and parents with academic and individual concerns.

Director of Guidance:
Dr. Shannon Hopkins
W and ELL Students (English Learning Students)
Phone Ext. 2114

Guidance Counselors:
Mrs. Lauren Buckley
E-I, N-Q, U, V and L’s begining with the 2017-18 school year
Phone Ext. 2240

Mr. Paul Scutti
M, R-T and L’s ending with the 2017-2018
Phone Ext. 2245

Ms. Cristina Nicolau
A-D, J-K, X, Y, Z
Phone Ext. 2246

Student Assistance Counselor:
Jeff Doorn
All Students
Phone Ext. 2312

Mrs. Darlene Capobianco
Phone Ext. 2242

Ms. Joy Mariano
Phone Ext. 2241

Our hours are Monday – Friday from 7:30 A.M. – 3:45 P.M.

Transcript Requests and Other Important Forms

A direct link to the Graduate Request Form is here and the Student Request Form can be found here.

More Information

Connecting with your child’s school counselor for a successful school year