IHS SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICES
THE GOALS OF THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT ARE:
- To assist students in developing achievement potential
- To assist students in educational development and planning
- To assist students in making appropriate transitions from home to school, school to school, and school to post-secondary education or work
- To communicate with community members and resources
- To assist students in developing a positive self-image
- To help students develop effective personal and interpersonal relationships
- To consult with parents and staff regarding the educational, personal and social needs of their children
The purpose of the Counseling Program is to aid in the fullest development of the God-given talents of each student. Resources include school counselors, a school therapist, a school chaplain and academic support teachers. Students are assigned to a counselor at the start of freshman year and remain with that same counselor for all four years. Students are encouraged to meet with their counselor as their schedule permits, and parents by appointment.
During the freshman year, counselors help students make a successful transition to high school both academically and socially. Students meet with their counselor in small groups to discuss transition issues and study skills. They also meet individually to review their academic progress. An Academic Support Program is available throughout the year that students can take advantage of during their study hall periods.
Counselors monitor academic progress and assist students to further define long-term goals. Counselors discuss the need for academic challenge and strong curriculum choices. Students meet as needed with their counselor for support and assistance in developing effective skills for coping with social and emotional issues impacting school life. Special programs are presented on different aspects of teen development. Students are also encouraged to participate in our Peer Leadership and Peer Mentoring Programs.
Emphasis is placed on continued academic achievement and the building of a strong and challenging academic profile. Students further explore their personalities, skills and interests in terms of college majors and career options. NAVIANCE, a web-based career and college search program, is utilized by counselors, students and parents. Families are guided through the challenging college planning process with a great deal of personal time and attention. Counselors also continue to provide individual support to students on personal, social and emotional issues. Special programming/activities focus on promoting positive peer relationships, making positive lifestyle choices and performing acts of kindness for the greater community.
In a continued effort to help students clarify and realize their future goals, counselors continue to meet with students and parents individually as needed. Students and parents are also invited to attend Senior Application Night in September to review and discuss the college application process and Financial Aid Night in November. Students and their parents also meet individually with their counselor for a Senior College Planning Conference. Throughout the year, 50 to 60 colleges and universities visit Immaculate for group presentations. Students can sign up to participate in any of these presentations. Also, through our College Alumni Panel, students get practical advice regarding the college application process and transitioning to college life.
Seniors are encouraged to take the SAT again in the fall of their senior year. Also, students may be interested in taking SAT Subject Tests. Immaculate is a test site for the November SAT test administration. For any students taking AP courses, AP exams are administered at Immaculate in May.Throughout the year the counseling staff assists families with the processing of all college applications. Scholarship Bulletins are continually updated as scholarship opportunities come into the Counseling Office.
Academic Support Tutors are available to students during their study hall periods if they need additional support in their classes.