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Counseling Services


Counseling services are vital components of the educational process. They enable students to assess their needs, recognize their abilities, and formulate strategies to achieve their potential. Our services are available to all students, parents, and school staff in a variety of ways and are developmental, preventative, and remedial in nature.

The school counselors are all certified professionals trained in counseling theory and clinical skills adapted to the school setting. School counselors guide students to self-awareness so they can make sound decisions and become responsible, productive, life-long learners. First and foremost, school counselors are advocates for their students. In addition, the school counselors assume a variety of roles, which most often fall under one of three primary roles: counselor, consultant, and facilitator.

The counseling program seeks to implement strategies and activities to support and enable students to experience academic success, maximize learning through commitment, and be prepared for opportunities after high school including:
  • Acquisition of skills in decision making
  • Problem solving and goal setting
  • Reasoning and interpersonal communication
  • Academic achievement
 
Important Dates and Events: The counselors hold many parent and student meetings throughout the year, so we encourage you to watch your inbox. These meetings, in addition to the College Admissions representative visits, can be found on the SJCI calendar.
 
Counseling Program Highlights:
 
Freshman Seminar: This course, offered to ninth graders, shares valuable educational and life skills to help to ease the transition from middle school to high school, and orients each student to the specific culture of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.
 
Topics include:
  • How to prepare for success in high school, college, and career
  • Study and organizational skills
  • Mental health awareness
  • Naviance tutorial
  • Substance use awareness
  • Introduction to the Lasallian mission

The course meets once per cycle for the full school year. The instruction team includes members of the counseling staff, administration, and technology department.
 
Career Day Presentations: There will be six career day presentations throughout the school year. Each student is REQUIRED to attend a minimum of three, but encouraged to attend them all. The presentations are a great way to learn about various careers and fields of interest.

Individual Counselor Meetings: All students meet individually with their counselor throughout the school year to discuss the following:
  • Review of courses, credits, and college information
  • Academic achievement
  • Career exploration
  • SAT/ACT information
  • Activities outside the classroom
  • Social/Emotional wellness
  • Organization and study skills
 
College Counseling Program: Our dedicated college counselor works with students and families throughout all four years to help families navigate the process. See the college counseling page for more details.