St. Ursula Academy school counselors work in the best interest of each student in accordance with the Ursuline core values. School counselors help develop the full potential of each young woman, including her spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being. Our counselors follow the academic, personal/social, and career standards outlined by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model. They help each student achieve her highest abilities through classroom guidance, individual meetings, small group interventions, and collaboration with the student, parents, faculty, staff, and administration.
Student support includes individual, group, and classroom guidance in the following areas:
Academic development–a student’s counselor monitors her progress, interests, abilities, and achievements; the two also work closely on her course scheduling, graduation requirements, referrals to The Learning Commons, and standardized testing (PSAT, Iowa, ACT, EOC, and AP). Students and counselors collaborate with parents, teachers, tutors, administrators, and staff to ensure the best academic and social experience for each student.
Career development–opportunities to explore careers begins freshmen year, when students are introduced to Naviance. Students take Career Interest surveys, participate in the Career Exploration Project, and complete the “Leading Self” course.
Personal/social development—when needed, SUA counselors provide resources and assistance in areas in which students struggle or need guidance, such as peer relationships, grief management, leadership opportunities, test anxiety, mindfulness, and stress-relief techniques. SUA counselors facilitate groups for girls who need support in freshmen transition, self-compassion, and peer relationships.
“School counselors recognize their primary obligation regarding confidentiality is to the student, but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family’s or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives... However, students should be informed that exceptions to confidentiality exist in which school counselors must inform others of information they obtained in the counseling relationship to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to students themselves or others and if it is legally required.”
American School Counselor Association