College Counseling Center
The College Counseling Center seeks to meet the needs of students from Grades 9 through their transition to college. Careful attention is paid to academic schedules, standardized testing, exposure to career possibilities and, for seniors, college application support.
Additionally, the counselor is able to address the social/emotional needs of the students. Following are several of the basic job functions of the counselor:
- Meet with new students and parents regarding a Four-Year Plan.
- Meet with returning students annually regarding progress on Four-Year Plan.
- Maintain graduation checklist for each student, ensuring students are meeting Texas and Diocesan graduation requirements.
- Coordinate various tests throughout the year: PLAN, PSAT, ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education), ITED (Iowa Test of Educational Development), AP (Advanced Placement).
- Maintain individual student accounts on Naviance, a college-counseling web-based program. Included on site are records for each student in following areas: Learning Style Inventory, Personality Profile (based on Myers-Briggs), Holland Code (Career map), Resumé, College List, Test Scores, College Applications. Students and parents each have an account to reference the student’s information.
- Maintain resource library of scholarship, essay contest and summer opportunities for all students.
- Plan College Day: All juniors and seniors spend one day on a college campus arranged through the College Counseling Center (additional days available for visiting colleges, see Student/Parent Handbook for guidelines).
- Host College Information Day, a one-day workshop for all juniors and parents to begin the 16-month college application process.
- Hold appointments with each junior and their parent/s as requested, to develop individual college plan.
- Host parent nights throughout the year on various topics related to College Counseling Center.
- Host roundtable discussions on issues faced by teens: e.g. divorced parents, substance abuse, depression, eating healthily, relationships, anger, study skills.
- Provide support for emotional needs of students on an individual and as-needed basis, referrals made for longer term care.