Students will be assigned to a counselor using an alphabetical system upon entering the ninth grade. They will be assigned to the same counselor for their four years of high school. Students may initiate a conference with their counselor by making an appointment with Mrs. Holly Orazietti and/or emailing their School Counselor.
Academic counseling is available to all students to help them understand their individual strengths, to set goals, and to assist them in planning an appropriate program of studies. School Counselors, teachers and parents will work together to support and encourage all students in reaching their full potential.
Some of the areas in which a School Counselor can work with students and parents are:
Planning a high school program relevant to student's interests, abilities and post high school plans
Assisting students in selecting appropriate courses each year
Checking each student's progress through a review of quarterly report cards and interim progress reports
Consult with faculty regarding student performance
Counseling students experiencing academic difficulty and developing strategies for improvement, including referrals to various academic resources at the high school
Being available to meet with parents of all students
Reviewing credit status leading to graduation
Being available to meet with students and parents to review standardized test results
College counseling is offered to all students seeking post high school education. Designed to help students identify and clarify their abilities, interests and goals, college counseling assists students in making appropriate educational decisions. The formal college planning process begins with individual and group sessions in the junior year conducted by the school counselors. These sessions continue through the senior year.
In order to assist students fully, the following activities take place:
Students will be encouraged to take appropriate standardized tests
In the junior and senior year students are encouraged to schedule appointments with their counselor
Parents are encouraged to attend the college planning sessions in junior year
Students and parents are encouraged to attend Junior Parent Night, college panels and financial aid programs, as appropriate
All juniors will receive a Post High School Planning Guide
Starting in the junior year, students will be encouraged to prepare drafts of their resume and college essay(s) to assist in preparing for the college process
School Counselors will write letters of recommendation for students when asked
School Counselors will direct students to a variety of available resources about colleges
School Counselors maintain a current state of knowledge about colleges by attending conferences, visiting colleges and meeting with college representatives
School counselors, social workers and school psychologists are available to all students to assist them in managing the normal developmental issues that arise during adolescence. The Support staff will help students to enhance self-understanding and to learn effective problem solving skills so that they are better equipped to deal with the variety of concerns that high school students encounter. We also have a robust referral listing to the appropriate community resources. Some of the issues and concerns that may be addressed include: