CHK Guidance Counselors

The middle school guidance staff includes a Director of Student Support Services and two full time guidance counselors. In addition, our district-wide student assistance counselor is  part of this team. Our goal is to guide students on their path toward a successful transition to high school ensuring students are prepared academically, socially, and emotionally.  The counselors focus on promoting and supporting student growth throughout their years at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School. 

Contact Us:

Andrew Amendola,  Director of Student Support Services 
732-382-0910 ext. 3263

Mr. Joseph Sortino, School Counselor: Last Names: A-K
732-340-1974 ext. 4106

Ms. Danielle Crincoli, School Counselor: Last Names: L-Z
732-381-0552 ext. 4107

Mr. Steve Kaelblein, SAC
732-382-0910 ext. 3251





HS Registration Information for Eighth Graders

Future ALJ Families,
Today school counselors from the high school visited and spoke with the 8th graders about the upcoming scheduling process for the next academic school year.  Scheduling will begin the week of February 14th for our CHK 8th graders. In the 8th grade Google Classroom, you will find the  9th grade elective sheet for your reference. An electronic form in Genesis will be accessible within your child's account and must be completed before your scheduling appointment. Scheduling appointments will be scheduled through Google Meet and will be sent via email next week through the counseling office at CHK.

Scheduling Procedure

- Students and their families will review our new Program of Studies that is located on our ALJ School Counseling webpage. On this document you will find course descriptions, prerequisites, and other pertinent information for the scheduling process. The elective sheet must be completed and filled out prior to their meeting. It can be found under the “Form” section in Genesis.

- Students will be scheduled for a 20 minute time slot with a high school counselor. Parents/Guardians are invited to attend virtually as well, but it is not mandatory. If you are unable to attend, a copy of their projected schedule/electives will be sent home with your child. Should you have any questions, you can contact the high school counselor or the department supervisor. 

-Students will go to the cafeteria with their chromebooks, during their meeting date & time, and log into their virtual scheduling meeting. 

Placement Criteria

For students matriculating through a specific program they will need to adhere to the appropriate rubric for placement. Each placement rubric can be found under the subject area in the Program of Studies. The rubric primarily includes: Marking Period 1 & 2 grades and Teacher Recommendations. Additional data can be used for the purpose of appealing course levels.

Advanced Placement Courses

Students enrolled in an Advanced Placement Course must take the AP exam in May. Families will be required to submit payment of $96 per exam no later than June 15th, 2022 in order to secure enrollment in the course. Fees will be reimbursed if a score of 3 or higher is earned. Accommodations will be made for free and reduced lunch students.

Appeals/Schedule changes

Schedule changes requested by students or parents are to be made in writing prior to August 15th. Change requests may be considered after August 15th only after completion of five (5) class periods after the start of the first or second semester. Requests, without exception, must be made with the school counselor by the fifth day of attendance in the class. If students are considering a schedule change, they must see their counselor within the first week of the semester. The only exceptions to the guidelines above for course change are for the following reasons: previous failure with a teacher, imbalance in semester assignment (i.e., two Computer Science courses in one semester), scheduling errors. All requests of this type must be done within the first five (5) school days.

If a review of the placement is requested, each case will be considered individually by the appropriate content area supervisor in cooperation with the Director of Pupil Personnel Services/School Counseling, and through consultation with the parent and student. All requests for review must be received by June 24, 2022.

ALJ Program of Studies:

8th Grade Google Classroom:

Please contact my office should you have any questions or concerns,

Andrew Amendola - Director of School Counseling