St. Mary Catholic High School

Comprehensive School Counseling Program

The SMCHS school counseling department focuses on helping students understand the connection between school and their future goals and dreams. In addition to promoting strong academics and supporting students in developing their post-high school plans, SMCHS nurtures each student as he or she grows socially and emotionally. The school counseling department works collaboratively with administration, teachers and staff; taking a problem-solving approach to issues that affect student progress and success at the high school level.

A particular focus of the department is preparing students to make well-informed choices regarding their life after graduation. Whether preparing for a four-year university, technical college, trade school, the military or the workforce, the SMCHS school counseling department assists students in choosing the appropriate coursework. Our personnel also help students stay on track with college admission requirements and scholarship opportunities.

School counseling personnel welcome questions or concerns from parents, students and teachers. Individual parent/teacher conferences may be arranged by calling the school counseling office, and students should meet with the counselor as needed. Appointments should be made during their study hall periods or lunch, but students may also contact the counselor during class time in case of immediate need.

Naviance

Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness platform that enables students to explore their interests and strengths and work with our counselor to develop a course of study that matches long-term goals with actionable plan. It also provides parent access, and is instrumental in managing each student’s unique post-high school search and application process. Each student and family is provided a link to set up their own, personalized page on the Naviance SMCS Family Connection.

Selecting Courses

Course selection will be discussed during planning conferences to assure that students are meeting the requirements and recommendations for the their post-secondary goals. Refer to the 2017-18 course selection guide for details.

Additional Opportunities

Post-Secondary Planning Night

Each spring the SMCHS School Counseling Department hosts an evening during which representatives from many schools from around Wisconsin, as well as branches of the military, share information about options and opportunities after high school. The information provided is generally regarding application and preparation processes, not individual school’s offerings.

Enrichment Opportunities

Additionally, the school counseling department facilitates notifying students that they have been selected and submitting the required paperwork to participate in programs such as Badger State, the World Affairs Seminar, Medical Mentoring and Academic All-Stars, as well as Rotary luncheons.