The goal of the Guidance Program is to provide each student, beginning in 9th grade, with the information and knowledge they need to follow their educational and career paths. With the assistance of the guidance counselor, students will understand the college search and application process so they will be able to make good decisions about their college and career choices. The counselor will assist students in making the right choices and decisions about selecting an educational institution that is suited to their goals and interests.
Each student is helped with the difficult and often overwhelming process of applying to college. The faculty, guidance counselor, and parents are a team that all work together to help students reach their full potential, individual goals, and achieve success.
Career and College Planning
The Guidance Department offers an online college and career exploration system called Choices 360. It is the leading provider of software-based and online education planning, career exploration and high school/college test prep resources. Students are able to create portfolios, resumes, and do scholarship searches. Seniors are encouraged to begin working on their high school resumes.
Students will also be able to take career and interest inventories on Choices 360. There will be a student computer in my office and I will be setting up appointments for students to come and discuss their college plans. A career and interest inventory can be taken at that time.
- Problem solving with students
- Discussing student’s concerns and needs
- Exploring options
- Improving study habits
- Meeting student’s personal goals
Whatever a student tells the Guidance Counselor is always kept confidential unless there is a threat to the student or someone else.
The Guidance Counselor will make referrals to various agencies or a support team will be formed when requested or if deemed necessary.
Representatives from our Adventist Colleges and Universities will be visiting our school during the year to talk to the seniors. I will notify the students when they can set up their appointments. Remember that seniors have 3 additional planned leave days to visit college and universities of their choice and juniors have 2 additional days for college visits. There will be a trip set up by SAA in the spring in order for our students to visit colleges.
Students can check out resource materials (ACT prep books, college handbooks, college brochures, scholarships, SAT prep books) in the Guidance Office. If you have any questions, please call me or email me.