The mission of the counseling department at Archbishop McNicholas High School is to nurture the holistic development of each student in their academic, personal, and spiritual growth. School Counselors believe each individual is unique, support students to strive for personal excellence, and facilitate the building of skills needed for future college and career success.
What does a school counselor do?
School counselors act as students’ advocates, providing them with resources and direction to help them succeed. They collaborate with students, parents, school staff, and the community to facilitate academic achievement, personal growth, and career development. School counselors assist students in developing and achieving academic and personal goals. They also play an integral role in supporting students with their post-secondary plans, including the college application process.
A student’s right to privacy and confidentiality is the basis for an effective counseling relationship. Confidentiality ensures that school counselors won’t share students’ disclosures with others except when the student authorizes it, when there is a clear and present danger to the student and/or to other persons, or there is a court order mandating the disclosure of information.