The primary purpose of the Student Counseling Center is to support the mission of Notre Dame College Prep by promoting and enhancing the fulfillment of the whole person with respect to each student's development in faith, scholarship, and social responsibility. The Counseling Center promotes this student development in three major ways:
- Offering counseling and consultation services in support of students' academic, career, and personal/social development
- Working collaboratively and as a team with parents, faculty, administration, and other individuals necessary in the support of student development
- Modeling the values of faith, scholarship, and social responsibility in our roles as professional helpers.
With the spirit of Fr. Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, we believe that the formation of the heart, as well as the mind, is central in the education of our young men.
Students are assigned alphabetically to a counselor and remain with him/her from freshman through senior year. The college counselor will also meet with seniors and provide programs for juniors and their parents. This is a sampling of the services provided by the Counseling Center:
- Academic Development - supervise class registration; link students to Andre Center resources; promote behavior and skills for successful learning (e.g., time management, strategies for reading, coping with test anxiety); arrange staffings; provide information about tutoring.
- Career Development - explore the relationship among learning, school, and work; teach students how to locate and interpret college and work information; teach students strategies for making decisions, setting goals, and developing plans.
- Personal/Social Development - help students cope with the school environment (e.g., relationships with teachers, peers, and responsibilities); mediate conflicts; help students identify alternative solutions to problems; teach students strategies for managing stress and conflict.
- College Counseling - conduct Junior Insights, Senior Transitions, and Financial Aid Nights for students and parents; coordinate visits by college representatives and athletic coaches; process student college and scholarship applications; write college recommendations; provide information (e.g., College Guidance Procedure Handbook and Financial Aid Handbook; coordinate NCAA Clearing house 48H Form.
- Standardized Testing - coordinate and administer standardized testing (EXPLORE, PLAN, PSAT, ACT, SAT, AP exams); recommend resources for test preparation.
Appointments are scheduled for students on school days between 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Special meeting times are available upon request. Students are also welcome to visit their counselor without an appointment. If she/he is not available, students are encouraged to leave a note in the counseling center or contact their counselor by e-mail. Counselors are also available to meet with parents before, during, or after school. Parents are encouraged to call for an appointment to make sure the counselor is available.
Statement of Confidentiality
Information shared with the counselors is kept confidential unless the student or family grant verbal or written permission for disclosure. Exceptions to confidentiality include imminent danger of either self-imposed harm or intent of harming another. We are also mandated to report any signs of abuse. The director or principal may also be consulted in crisis situations in order to provide better services for the student and his family.