The primary goal of Hillcrest Christian School’s Counseling/Guidance Department is to help students achieve academic success and develop basic life skills. The school counselor works to ensure that the academic, social, and emotional needs of every student are met at school and that all students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and/or careers.
School counselors do much more than schedule classes and send transcripts! One important role of school counselors is to track each Upper School student’s academic performance. They also coordinate and often administer standardized testing throughout the school year, along with admissions testing for new enrollees. The school counselor assists seniors with college applications, sets up college visits, and meets with seniors to ensure that graduation requirements are met and that they are planning for their post-high school futures. In addition, counselors also coordinate classroom instruction and parenting seminars in order to address issues which students and parents face in our rapidly changing world. Last but not least, the school counselor is an advocate and mediator, working closely with administration and teachers to manage student issues.