Sacred Heart Academy Counseling Department Vision and Mission StatementsVision
Sacred Heart Academy students are diverse, globally-minded, compassionate, servant leaders who develop their truest potential while learning skills necessary for successful and fulfilling lives.
The mission of the school counseling program at Sacred Heart Academy is to empower all students to be independent, lifelong learners. The Counseling Department will advocate for students, act as a leader, and collaborate with all stakeholders to create a school community that supports holistic student success. By participating in the school counseling program, our students master the knowledge and skills to achieve their postsecondary goals, nurture relationships and solidify their sense of self-worth as they become productive leaders and problem solvers.
At SHA, students stay with the same school counselor all four years, and during their junior and senior years work with one of two college counselors. This allows our counselors to develop meaningful relationships with our students. Students are expected and reminded to make appointments via Calendly with their counselor at least once per semester and can schedule appointments as often as needed.
The counseling department offers space in the Mindful Room for students who need a quiet place to rebalance and regroup during the school day.
The Virtual Mindfulness Room is an online tool with links to visual relaxation exercises, games, and other calming resources that students can access at any time.
Mac, our campus support dog, can also be found in the SHA counseling wing on most days.
The SHA Counseling Department provides dedicated support to transfer students through Transfer Orientation, transfer group meetings throughout the year, and individual appointments.
Betsy Kramer - A-F, All Class Levels
Shannon Furst - G-N, All Class Levels
Fran Dotson - O-Z, All Class Levels
Erin Burke - Transfer Counselor
Ron Padgett - Juniors and Seniors with last names K-Z
Counselors also help interpret standardized test results for students and families. Freshmen take the PSAT 8/9 in the fall and the Pre-ACT 8/9 in the spring as part of SHA's vertical alignment of testing for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
During junior year, students begin to focus on the college search process. Counselors guide and support each student to find the school that best suits her needs. Juniors are encouraged to plan college visits during this year. Students should continue to keep their Activities and Achievements updated in SCOIR as this will be helpful in the college application process. Parents will are invited to create SCOIR accounts linked to their students.
Juniors take the PSAT in October. PSAT scores may qualify a student for National Merit Scholarship Competition. Juniors also take an official ACT at school in spring. These scores can be used for admissions purposes. The counselors strongly suggest students use their Pre-ACT 10 scores from the sophomore year as predictors of success on the ACT. Counselors recommend test prep before any official ACT or SAT. Students are encouraged to continue testing in the summer between junior and senior years.
The focus of the senior year is on the college application, financial aid, scholarship search, and college selection process. Counselors work very closely with parents and students to help families have an organized approach to the application process. Counselors offer multiple evening information sessions for parents. Parents are also welcome to schedule individual meetings with their daughter’s college counselor. College Counselors have group information sessions for seniors throughout the year and meet individually with all seniors multiple times. Students will use SCOIR, the Common App, and college websites for their college application process.
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