All freshman will be supported by Jeanne Mazzariello, our Pastoral and Freshman Guidance Counselor. In the fall, Sacred Heart Academy hosts a Freshman Guidance evening to introduce students and parents to the resources available to them from counselors and support staff. All freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 in October.
Beginning sophomore year, students will be assigned a Guidance College Counselor, who will support them through graduation. All sophomores will take the PSAT during the school day in October. Parents and students are invited to a Sophomore College Planning evening in March. During the spring, counselors will meet with all sophomores for individual conferences to discuss course selection, career, and college plans. Naviance, a college and career web-based planning resource is also introduced during this meeting.
All Juniors will take the PSAT during the school day in October. Parents and students are invited to a Junior College Planning evening in January. Individual conferences are scheduled in winter to work with students to find colleges that are a good fit for their personal and academic strengths as well as their career aspirations. Planning for SAT, ACT and Subject Tests are also discussed.
All seniors and their parents are invited to a Senior College Application Night in September. Personalized senior conferences are scheduled following this meeting to discuss all aspects of the college planning and application process.
Because each person’s emotional, spiritual, and educational journeys are closely intertwined, the role of the Pastoral Counselor is to provide care, support and guidance that integrates theological and psychological perspectives. Whether a student is in crisis, or simply seeking personal growth, the Pastoral Counselor can be a mentor through the process of exploring, gaining insight and developing strategies for action that may be necessary to promote wholeness.