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Counseling Curriculum

Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar is a course that focuses on helping students successfully transition into high school. Discussions focus on how to develop a positive mindset, healthy relationships with peers, academic goals, and organizational and study skills.

Sophomore Seminar

Sophomore Seminar is a course that focuses on developing career interests and learning helpful resources. Students are introduced and register for Family Connection from Naviance, a comprehensive, highly individualized website focused on helping students with the college application process and career development. Through Naviance, each student takes a personality assessment, creates a career interest inventory, and resume. Counselors also discuss academic planning, PSAT result interpretation, and course selection with students in this course.

Junior Seminar

Junior Seminar is a course offered in the fall and spring for juniors to begin their college search and application process. Students continue to use Naviance as a college and career research resource. Topics discussed in this course include, how to create a balanced college list of reach, target, and safety schools, important factors to consider, how to select and interpret the standardized tests, interview techniques, how to make the most of campus tours and college information sessions to see if a college is a good “match”, and responsibilities of students, teachers, and counselors in the college application process. Counselors also discuss academic planning, PSAT result interpretation, and course selection with students in this course.

Senior Seminar

Senior Seminar is a course offered in the fall and spring for seniors focusing on the college application process and how to successfully transition to life beyond high school. In the fall, counselors support students as they work on college applications and essays. Counselors teach students procedures to send supporting documents, how to meet application deadlines, and important resources for college and financial aid information. In the spring, discussions focus on how to develop a positive mindset for college, make the most of the campus resources, and financial literacy.

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