What is School Counseling?

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At Marist, our School Counseling Department is an integral part of our students’ lives.  We believe every student: can learn, and every student can succeed; should have access to and opportunity for a high-quality education; should graduate from high school and be prepared for employment or college and other post-secondary education; and should have access to a school counseling program.  We also believe that school counseling is a collaborative process involving school counselors, students, parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders and other stakeholders.

We take a holistic approach to counseling—meeting each student where they’re at—and help cultivate an atmosphere that promotes individual achievement. Aligning with the National Model set forth by that American School Counselors Association, we seek to help students in three specific domains: Academic Development, Career Development, and Social/Emotional Development.  We do so through running individual counseling, small group counseling, and classroom workshops.  We also provide Parent Workshops throughout the year to make sure they’re in the loop on hot-topics, developmental issues, and college and career readiness. 

 

Each student is assigned one counselor for the duration of their time at Marist. In doing this, we are able to maintain supportive relationships starting Freshman year, and lasting through Senior year. This also enables each counselor to help students make educated decisions on college and career that match the student’s strengths, values, and personality.  Our program design also provides a consistent contact for parents, should they have any questions or concerns about school life.   

Physical Facilities

Our 7 room suite provides a safe space for students to explore who they are, and become the best version of themselves. Each counselor’s office is set up for individual and small group sessions, and designed to make students feel welcomed and comfortable.  Our College Resource Center is equipped with computers, work stations, and a full resource library that enables students to explore colleges and careers, prepare for the SATs and ACTs, and develop skills for 21st century life.