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 consulting Special Education Specialist, Academic Support Tutors and a Spiritual Director. 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 together 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.
The sophomore program continues to support the emotional and scholastic development of the student. Students continue to meet with their counselor in small groups and individually to monitor academic progress and further define longer-term goals. Counselors begin to discuss transcript development and college planning with students. All sophomores take the PSAT/NMSQT and the PLAN in preparation for the SAT and the ACT in their junior year.
During this year students begin more immediate planning for their future. All juniors take the PSAT again in October and are encouraged to take the SAT in the spring. Immaculate is a test site for the May test administration of the SAT. They will also take the ACT at school in April. Students complete the Personality Type Assessment, a career instrument to assist with career and college planning, and are introduced to NAVIANCE, a web-based career and college search program. All juniors and their parents are invited to a College Planning Night and each student, along with his/her parents, meets individually with their counselor for a Junior College Planning Conference to discuss the college search process. Students are encouraged to visit potential college choices during the spring and summer of their junior year and can participate in an Interview Seminar to sharpen their admission interviewing skills. A listing of summer academic, enrichment and career program opportunities at various colleges and universities is also available and updated regularly by the Counseling Office.
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.