School Counseling

“Today’s young people are living in an
exciting time, with an increasingly diverse
and mobile society, new technologies, and
expanding opportunities”

– American School Counselor Association


The Saint Mary’s College High School Guidance & Counseling Department is designed to support and implement the Core Principles of a Lasallian School:

Faith in the Presence of God

Respect for All Persons

Inclusive Community

Quality Education

Concern for the Poor and Social Justice

To help ensure that all students are well prepared to manage these “exciting times”, every student needs support and guidance as they embark upon the academic, social, spiritual and developmental challenges of adolescents; a time of rapid growth and change! Our programs and individual counseling meetings offer students the opportunity to develop these characteristics necessary to become successful adults in a fast changing world.

Goals of the Guidance and Counseling Department

Our primary goal is to guide and support overall student development and well-being in three broad areas of student life; while keeping in mind that the central task of adolescence is:

♦ Acquiring and assimilating self-knowledge

♦ Developing future goals and purposefulness

♦ Building strategies to accomplish goals

♦ Developing decision-making skills

♦ Coping with outcomes of decisions

♦ Developing resiliency and self-efficacy

♦ Acquiring a positive self  image

♦ Developing empathy

♦ Learning healthy coping skills

♦ Exploring social relationships

♦ Understanding how God’s presence is experienced  in our lives

Personal/Social Goals: Students acquire the inter personal and communication skills to increase their understanding and respect of self and others.

Academic Goals: Students develop a wide range of academic skills and become effective agents of their learning.

Post Secondary-CollegePlanning Goals: Through information sessions and by making resources available to research and apply to college, students are able to plan and make decisions about their future.

How the Guidance and Counseling Department serves Students

Individual Counseling Meetings

♦ Academic plans

♦ Goal Setting

♦ Problem solving

♦ Education in understanding self and others

♦ Transition

Responsive Services

♦ Individual and small group counseling

♦ A-Block Support

♦ Individual /family/school crises intervention

♦ Consultation/ Collaboration

♦ Referrals will be made when the student’s need are beyond the support capacities of the school counselor. The school counselor will work in collaboration with the parents and outside individual or agency.

College Counseling

♦ College Information Nights & Coffee with the College Counselor

♦ Application Process


♦ Financial Aid/Scholarships

♦ College Fairs/Workshops/College Visits

Classroom Guidance/ Community Block

♦ Academic skills support

♦ Organizational; study and test taking skills

♦ Post-Secondary planning and application process

♦ Adolescent Concerns

♦ Education in understanding self and others

♦ Peer relationships and effective social skills

These are not intended to be exclusive, but guidelines of the services provided

Who Sees the School Counselor

All students will meet with their counselor at minimum twice an academic year. There may also come a time during a student’s high school career when some help is needed so counseling services are available to everyone. The best time to seek help is as soon as issues or situations appear that could become problems;  problems that are not acknowledged tend to become worse rather than disappear, students are encouraged to seek help at the earliest possible time.

Students needing help can drop by the counseling offices at any time and make an appointment with any of the counselors. The student’s identified counselor will be responsible for monitoring academic progress and will be the initial contact person when problems arise; students are encouraged to seek assistance from the counselor whom they are most comfortable. The counselor will arrange for the student to be excused from class when necessary. When serious problems come up unexpectedly, most teachers will give the student permission to see the counselor at short notice.

How to Make an Appointment to Meet With the School Counselor

There are a number of ways a student sees a counselor:

1. Student self-referral

2. Teacher/Coach/Administrative referral

3. Peer referral

4. Parent referral

Appointments may be set up with Ms. McClain in the Counseling Center.