College Counseling & Guidance

COLLEGE COUNSELING

One-hundred percent of Academy graduates matriculate into college. In addition, in the past several years, the senior classes have each earned an average of $13 million in scholarships. As a college preparatory school, the Academy of the Holy Names encourages each student to seek a college or university where she can be challenged to reach her potential and be successful both academically and personally. The search for the right college or university involves the need to look at the values, strengths and goals of each young woman. While the college counselors suggest schools which are appropriate to the student’s needs and abilities, the decision on where to apply and where the student ultimately enrolls rests with the student and her parents. The College Counseling Department will provide the student with the necessary support and assistance to be successful throughout the college planning process. Elements of the college planning process begin as early as the 9th-grade year.

The college counselors welcome all phone calls and they are available for individual meetings by appointment. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the college counseling department's resources.

The Academy of the Holy Names views higher education as further preparation for life. Though still not the "real world," college gives students a broader arena in which to continue maturing. The search for the right college or university involves the need to look at the values, strengths and goals of each young woman.

GUIDANCE

The high school guidance department at the Academy of the Holy Names strives to address the whole person—spiritually, socially, emotionally and academically. The guidance program is designed to meet the need of the students in a developmental approach over four years of high school. Through small-group and individual guidance sessions, students are assisted in building a system of values and decision-making processes which provide the foundation for personal choices, career search and college selection.

There are two personal counselors for the high school division, Guidance Department Chair Sister Mary Glavin, SNJM, and Emily Pantelis (A'07). The counselors meet with students individually as well as in groups, and Ms. Pantelis also focuses on training peer counselors and on helping juniors assess their career goals. Sister Mary and Ms. Pantelis have both had a myriad of experiences in their field and consider it a blessing to serve in the high school division at the Academy. Their open-door policy allows them to assist students in dealing with personal, social and academic needs and also to be available to parents and teachers.

The elementary school counseling program is an integral part of the total educational program at AHN. It serves to enhance the learning process for all students in grades pre-K through 8. The program provides for prevention, intervention and responsive services for students and families. These services are aimed at supporting students as they develop and grow emotionally, socially, spiritually and academically. Services extend to all students through classroom, small-group and individual counseling.

The Academy’s elementary school guidance and learning counselors are Ms. Cheryl Conlan and Mrs. Megan Lopez (A'08). In their roles, they work together with school staff, families and members of the community for the benefit of AHN students. They work to identify students who may benefit from learning accommodations and assist in the development and implementation of support plans for students with special needs.

LEARNING RESOURCE SPECIALISTS

Ms. Danica Rodriguez serves students in grades 9-12 as the learning resource specialist. In her role, Ms. Rodriguez acts as an advocate to ensure students with disabilities are able to access the academic content in the classroom and demonstrate learning. She provides academic support to students at the Academy through classroom, small group and individual instruction. She also provides families with referrals to resources in the community to identify specific learning needs and further support student achievement.

Ms. Rodriguez is available to meet with parents regarding their child’s academic success. She is happy to answer questions and to provide information regarding academic resources offered at the Academy and within the community. Ms. Rodriguez may be reached at extension 245, or by email at drodriguez@holynamestpa.org.

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