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Counseling Services

Counseling Services

"Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team.  They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow." 

                                                                       ~ American School Counselor Association 
 

Individual Counseling

All students meet individually with their counselor in scheduled appointments. Additional individual meetings, initiated by counselor or student, take place as needed to discuss academic or personal concerns.  If an issue arises which requires more in-depth counseling than our counselors are able to provide within the confines of a school day, they will assist the student & her family in helping find appropriate community resources. 

Group Guidance

Over the course of four years, students participate in group guidance sessions that address both developmental and academic needs.  Freshman and sophomore years focus primarily on transitioning to high school as well as self-awareness and stress management.  Even in these first two years, discussion begins regarding college and career interests.  Junior and senior years delve more deeply into the college application process as well as focusing on continuing academic and personal growth.  Each year, grade-level specific standardized testing and testing strategies are reviewed.
 

College and Career Counseling

St. Ursula Academy provides a comprehensive college and career counseling program. We assist our students in identifying their God-given talents, strengths and needs. We also aim to guide them in selecting a college or university that is most appropriate for them. Through this process, we are confident that all students will find a college or university that is the right match for them.

Academic Advising

All students are given assistance in course selection and academic planning during individual and group sessions as well as through counselor consultation with teachers and parents.  Students are directed to view the Curriculum Guide to aid in the course selection process.
 

Confidentiality

The Counseling Department considers it a privilege to offer academic,

social, emotional, and spiritual guidance to the young women whom we serve.

The counselors believe that a student’s safety and overall health and wellbeing

are of paramount importance. The counselors believe that students have a right

to privacy and confidentiality. An authentic and purposeful counseling

relationship requires a foundation of trust between student and counselor. The

counselors strive to uphold this trust and will respect and protect every student’s right to privacy unless legally obligated to act otherwise. For instance, the law requires that school counselors take action if students engage in behavior that presents clear and imminent danger to themselves or those around them. The law also states that school counselors operate as mandated reporters and, as such, are required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect. Furthermore, school counselors are required to respond to court orders, such as subpoenas.