The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college prepatory school for young women in grades 6 through 12.

A Catholic, Independent, College Preparatory School for Young Women, Grades 6 through 12

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur: Inspiring Young Women Since 1956

Student Support Services

Supporting the Academic, Personal, and Career Potential of Every Student

Notre Dame’s school counselors are professional student advocates who, in partnership with other educators, parents, and community resources, facilitate a support system to ensure academic access and equity for all students.

Middle School

The middle school curriculum includes small group classes that encourage students to develop and demonstrate healthy attitudes about themselves, others, and the world around them. Prevention skill-building opportunities are provided in critical areas to equip students with positive approaches to resist negative adolescent influences and pressures. The ungraded program is required for all students in each grade level.

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In sixth grade, students explore topics designed to support successful transition into middle school, including goal setting; leadership development and school involvement; organization and time management; building self-concept through confidence and positive self-talk, diversity awareness; the consequences and rewards of peer relationships; and empathy recognition. Students participate in initial career exploration through an understanding of career clusters.

Seventh grade students build on their academic successes and continue to develop study skills based on their individual learning styles. Students learn to set boundaries that are appropriate for their safety and personal well-being, explore emotional self-control and decision making, and explore the digital ethics of social media. Career exploration continues as students link their personal interests to potential career fields.

In eighth grade, advanced skill-building opportunities help students develop strong leadership qualities. Specific topic areas include self-awareness and acceptance, understanding and accepting differences from a local and global perspective, challenging negative beliefs and affirmations, and managing stress. Students prepare for the high school transition and develop an awareness of a college preparation course of study for post- secondary goals.

Upper School

Upper school classes offer opportunities for age appropriate discussion in a small group setting, with the counselor serving as both facilitator and educator. Topics covered vary with each grade as students mature in their cognitive, social, and emotional development. The guidance program is required for all students. Students transition to college counseling classes in tenth grade.

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The ninth grade curriculum is designed to stimulate discussion and debate regarding current teenage issues. Students are introduced to the Naviance-Family Connection, a comprehensive website that students can use to make plans regarding colleges and careers. Classroom topic areas include adjustment to upper school, learning styles, SMART goal setting, personality type, study skills, time management, making healthy decisions, strengths exploration and course planning. Students begin developing a resume of upper school activities.

In tenth grade, students explore careers through the use of a career interest profiler, career research and exploration using the Naviance program, and course planning. Discussion topics include, body image and media literacy, peer pressure, alcohol and other drugs, and anxiety and stress management. Students explore initial college interest matches and prepare to transition to college counseling classes as juniors. Visit the college counseling page for more information.

Meet the Academy's Counseling Department

Katherine Blemings

Titles: Upper School Counselor
Departments: Counseling
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 610.687.0650 ext.145
Jennifer Butler

Jennifer Butler

Titles: Director of Counseling, Middle School Counselor
Departments: Counseling
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 610.687.0650 ext.129
Francesca de la Torre-Shu

Francesca de la Torre-Shu

Titles: Upper School Learning Support Specialist
Departments: Counseling
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 610.687.0650 ext.260
Amanda O'Toole

Amanda O'Toole

Titles: Upper School Counselor
Departments: Counseling
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 610.687.0650 ext.185