Ihs SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICES
THE GOALS OF THE Counseling DEPARTMENT ARE to:
- Assist students in developing achievement potential
- Assist students in educational development and planning
- Assist students in making appropriate transitions from home to school, school to school, and school to postsecondary education or work
- Communicate with community members and resources
- Assist students in developing a positive self-image
- Help students develop effective personal and interpersonal relationships
- 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, and a school chaplain. 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 may do so 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. Students are introduced to the Naviance Program (a web-based career and college search program) and begin navigating this program during Advisory classes with school counselors.
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. Advisory classes continue, and students continue exploring the Naviance Program. Special programs are presented on different aspects of teen development.
Emphasis is placed on continued academic achievement and the building of a strong and challenging academic profile. All students will take the ACT in school sometimes in Spring. Juniors are encouraged to take the SAT close to the end of their Junior Year. Students further explore their personalities, skills and interests in terms of college majors and career options through Naviance and meetings with their counselor. Families are guided through the college planning process with a great deal of personal time and attention. Students and parents/guardians are invited to attend College Planning Night, Parts I and II, in February and May, to review the college application process. Counselors/Therapist also continue to provide individual support to students on personal, social and emotional issues. Students are guided in developing a senior academic schedule that best supports their college/career goals and maximizes their academic potential.
Counselors coach students through the college application process regarding applications, resumes, and interview techniques, while supporting students through the emotional challenges of the process. Individual student interviews are conducted to enhance counselor recommendations. Students are also encouraged to maximize their extra-curricular/leadership opportunities. In a continued effort to help students clarify and realize their future goals, counselors continue to meet with students and parents as needed. Throughout the year, 50 to 60 colleges/universities visit Immaculate for group presentations. Also, through our College Alumni Panel in January, students get practical advice regarding the college application process and transitioning to college life from our most recent graduating class. 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. For any students taking AP courses, AP exams are administered at Immaculate in May. Scholarship Bulletins are continually updated as scholarship opportunities come in to the Counseling Office.
National Honor Society Peer Tutors are available to students during their study hall periods and after school if they need additional support in their classes.
All students in grades 9 through 11 are assigned to an Advisory section that meets once a month with one of the school counselors and engage in lessons relating to social and emotional health and wellness. Special programs/activities for all students focus on different aspects of teen development, promoting positive peer relationships, making positive lifestyle choices and performing acts of kindness for the greater community