The High School years are a time of growth and transition as adolescents move towards adulthood and the world of college and work. During this time students may feel excitement, anxiety, hopefulness, frustration, and promise. Mount Notre Dame’s counselors guide our students and their families as they navigate through this often confusing period of life and aim to know each student as an individual, with her own special combination of goals, strengths, skills, and abilities.
Students are assigned to counselors based on the first letter of their last name and will maintain the same counselor throughout high school. Over the four years, the counseling staff provides students with information and resources through individual support, group counseling, and assemblies. Through these meetings, Mount Notre Dame’s young women are encouraged to balance their education goals and growing need for independence with the demands of school, family, and friends.
Students’ Guidance Counselors 2017-2018
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Individual meeting for students are scheduled several times throughout the year, however Mount Notre Dame Guidance Counselors maintain an open-door policy and encourage students to meet with their counselor as needed. It is our goal to guide students in their academic, social, emotional and spiritual development thus graduating as life-long learners and responsibility citizens. Students are assigned to counselors based on the first letter of their last name and will maintain the same counselor throughout high school.
Individual student support services include:
- Individual Counseling
- Academic Advising
- Career Exploration
- Post-Secondary Education Planning
In order to develop a strong counseling relationship a foundation based on trust must be formed between student and counselor. Mount Notre Dame’s counselors abide by the American Counseling Association’s guidelines on confidentiality and believe that the safety and well-being of all students is of the up-most importance. Counselors will maintain the student’s request for confidentiality unless the counselor judges that the student is putting herself or someone else in grave danger or if there is suspected child abuse or neglect.
If the student is experiencing significant emotional problems, the counselor will, with the student’s permission, contact the parents to refer the student to an outside mental health professional. The Guidance Department keeps a list of various mental health professionals who specialize in working with adolescents.
Mount Notre Dame offers guidance groups for students that focus on academic and socio-emotional development.
- Freshman Guidance Groups – Freshman students meet with their counselor in a small-group setting three times a year. Some of the group discussion topics include classroom expectations, how to be a good student, managing time and stress, developing a high school resume, and an introduction to Naviance Family Connection.
- Sophomore Guidance Groups – Sophomore students will meet with their counselor in a small-group setting three times a year. Students will engage in career exploration using Naviance Family Connection, evaluating their strengths, talents, and interests. In Guidance Groups, students will also receive a detailed explanation of their standardized test results and guidance on how to prepare for the ACT and SAT.
- Junior Guidance Groups – Junior students will meet with their counselors in a small-group setting two times a year, while also attending the Fall College Prep Assembly. Students will actively research colleges and careers using Naviance Family Connection, and the college application process will be discussed.
- Senior Guidance Groups – Senior students will meet with counselors in a small-group setting two times a year, in addition to individual college meetings and a winter Financial Aid Assembly. Students are guided in the college application, scholarship, and financial aid processes.
(These groups are not therapy groups, but are support groups for students with similar concerns.)
- Divorce Group – Students of divorced families may find comfort in meeting with other students who are experiencing similar situations. This group will meet once a month during the school day. For more information, contact your daughter’s counselor.
- Grace Group – Grace Group is a support group for students who have lost a close relative. They meet six times each school year.