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 develop and implement school policy and to manage student issues.
Some things students and parents can expect the school counselor to do during the school year:
- Meet with 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students to stress the importance of ACT Aspire testing.
- Hold a 9th-grade class meeting on how to achieve success in high school.
- Hold a 10th-grade class meeting to stress the importance of and preparation for the ACT.
- Hold Junior class meetings to explain the PSAT and to help them begin planning for college.
- Hold Senior class meetings which help prepare them for college and careers: Topics include scholarships and financial aid, applications, essays and interviews, life skills, and more.
- Prepare and deliver lessons about decision making, behavior, goal setting, and problem-solving.
Please click on this PowerPoint which answers a number of common questions Upper School students and parents have!