High School Guidance Classes
High School guidance classes are used as a format for age appropriate discussion in a small group setting, with the counselor serving as both facilitator and educator. Topics covered vary from grade to grade as students mature in their cognitive, social and emotional development. Additionally, these classes offer the counselor an opportunity to establish a relationship more quickly with their students. The guidance program is required for all students.
Grade 9 guidance classes meet in small groups once per cycle during the Fall semester. The 9th grade curriculum is designed to stimulate discussion and debate using a variety of teaching modalities 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 high school, learning styles, SMART goal setting, Do What You AreTM personality type, study skills, time management, making healthy decisions, strengths exploration and course planning. Students begin developing a resume of high school activities.
Grade 10 guidance classes meet in small groups once per cycle during the Fall semester. The 10th grade curriculum includes SMART goal setting, a career interest profiler, career research and exploration using the Naviance program, and course planning. Other topics include but are not limited to body image and media literacy, peer pressure, alcohol and other drugs, anxiety and stress management, as well as an initial college interest match. Students further build upon their individual resumes and are encouraged to connect their interests with mentorship opportunities.
Starting in Grade 11 students transition from guidance classes to college counseling classes.
Grade 11 college counseling begins with individual family meetings starting in the late fall. College Counseling classes will begin after the Christmas holiday. Students will be guided through the application process through tasks including: college list exploration and development, essay writing, scholarship search, and understanding application types and deadlines. Throughout the spring semester testing recommendations, reminders, and support will be provided. In addition, Letters of Recommendation from teachers will be discussed and requested, based on each student’s academic performance and interest.
Before the start of grade 12 college counseling essay writing workshops will be available for all students. College Counseling classes will continue once the school year begins. Students will be advised regarding their final application list, application strategy, completing essays and other supplemental writing materials, and submitting applications. College admissions representatives will be visiting campus throughout the fall semester to meet with students in small groups. Throughout the entire grade 12 year financial aid workshops and informational meetings will be held for parents.