Guidance and College Counseling Program

In keeping with the philosophy of the department, the approach on each grade level emphasizes personal development and academic progress. Particular focus is given to the spiritual, emotional, physical, aesthetic, and intellectual development of each student. Some common issues addressed on the various levels are the following:

GRADES 7 – 8

  • Academic Achievement
  • Study Skills
  • Making Transitions
  • Goal Development
  • Friendships
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Esteem Development
  • Course Selection
  • College and Career Awareness
How These Issues are Addressed:

Students meet with their counselor individually and in small groups throughout the year. Students have the opportunity to discuss topics pertaining to their academic and personal development. They are also encouraged to focus on developing good organizational techniques and learning new strategies for effective study skills.

Throughout the year, the counselor monitors each student’s academic progress. This is done through on-going communication with teachers and parents, participation in quarterly grade level meetings, review of progress reports, and review of bi-weekly updates provided to parents/guardians when requested. The counselor often makes recommendations for tutoring in specific subject areas and provides referrals to parents when needed or requested.

During the third quarter, the counselor meets with each student regarding course selection for the next year. In addition, the counselor meets with each eighth grade student and her parent/guardian to discuss the important transition into ninth grade. At this time, students are encouraged to begin exploring and identifying new areas of interest in relation to course selection and future planning. In the area of career exploration, general and specific  career information packets or booklets are frequently disseminated.

Interaction with parents/guardians is a major component of the program on these levels. If the counselor and/or parent feel that a student would benefit from long-term counseling, the necessary referrals are made.

Grades 9 – 12

  • Academic Achievement
  • Self-Esteem Development
  • Relationships
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Body Image
  • Goal Development and Attainment
  • Grieving and Loss
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • College and Career Counseling
  • Course Selection
How These are Addressed:

Students meet with their counselor individually, in small groups, and as a class for general information purposes. These meetings provide opportunities for discussion of issues related to the student’s progress and development, both academic and social.

Throughout the year, the counselor monitors each student’s academic progress. This is done through on-going communication with teachers and parents, participation in quarterly grade level meetings, review of progress reports, and review of bi-weekly updates provided to parents/guardians when requested. The counselor often makes recommendations for tutoring in specific subject areas and provides referrals to parents when needed or requested.

During the third quarter, the counselor meets with each student regarding course selection for the next year. In the area of career exploration, students take various interest inventories and review their results individually with their counselor. Students can also participate in the Career Club moderated by a counselor/teacher.

The counselor also communicates with parents whenever necessary. If the counselor and/or parent feel that a student would benefit from long-term counseling, the necessary referrals are made.

Grade 12

On the twelfth grade level, students meet with their counselor individually, in small groups, and as a class for general information purposes or presentations. The counselor also has a meeting in the spring of junior year or in the fall of senior year with each student and her parent/guardian to provide guidance and direction in choosing the most appropriate college.

For purposes of college selection and placement, the counselor maintains strong communication with college admissions officers and invites approximately fifty college representatives each fall to meet one-on-one or in small groups with potential senior candidates.

In the area of career exploration, the counselor meets with each senior in an advising capacity offering possible career alternatives and suggestions for corresponding academic programs.

Throughout the year, the counselor monitors each student’s academic progress. This is done through on-going communication with teachers and parents, participation in quarterly grade level meetings, review of progress reports, and review of bi-weekly updates provided to parents/guardians when needed. The counselor often makes recommendations for tutoring in specific subject areas and provides referrals to parents when needed or requested.

The counselor also communicates with parents whenever necessary. If the counselor and/or parent feel that a student would benefit from long-term counseling, the necessary referrals are made.