The Heritage Christian High School Guidance Department provides services to students and parents that include academic advising, college advising, and career advising.
The ultimate goal of the Guidance Department is to prepare students to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. All students have a unique combination of personality, abilities, and spiritual gifts, and will find the greatest fulfillment when they serve God out of their areas of strength. One of the primary roles of the guidance counselors is to assist students in discovering and developing those strengths by coming alongside and supporting them as they strive for academic success, face various struggles, and plan for the future.
The counselors, Mr. Smith and Mrs. Crabtree, each hold a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and therefore, in addition to their training in college and career advising, have also been trained in various counseling methods. Their experience, education, and training enables them to guide students according to their academic, spiritual, and personal needs.
Navigating high school is an important but challenging experience for teenagers, who must learn to manage the social environment and their own spiritual and physical growth while working diligently in their courses. The guidance counselors understand this world, and provide academic advising for students that includes assisting with determining the most appropriate schedule of courses and level of placement, ensuring that graduation requirements are met, and facilitating various standardized testing opportunities, while also helping them to thrive in the high school culture.
In facilitating student academic growth, the guidance office performs the following services:
- Meet with students individually to determine academic goals and course schedule
- Monitor student progress toward requirements for graduation, college admission, and NCAA eligibility
- Assist struggling students in adjusting course choices or obtaining additional help from tutors or teachers
- Collaborate with Educational Support Services (ESS) to identify students with learning needs and provide the appropriate support services
- Coordinate distance learning opportunities for students needing remediation or advanced academic offerings, such as college coursework
The process of selecting and applying for college is necessary for students to be able to take the next step beyond high school. There are many details, requirements, and deadlines. The guidance department provides college advising for students that helps them stay abreast of that process. This includes assisting with the process of choosing and applying to colleges, searching for scholarship opportunities, and scheduling visits from various colleges and organizations.
In facilitating students’ college preparation, the guidance office performs the following services:
- Educate families on the college search process
- Assist students in narrowing their post-high school options
- Communicate various scholarship opportunities
- Process all college and scholarship applications
- Coordinate visits from college representatives
- Coordinate the meetings such as the Christian College Fair, and Financial Aid Night
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Choosing a career can be a confusing and overwhelming process for many adults, and even more so for teens. The desire of the guidance department is to provide tools and resources that will help students identify their own gifts and abilities and thus make career choices that will bring success and fulfillment. Helping students to accomplish this includes guiding them through a process of exploring career interests and abilities, coordinating and communicating internship and job-shadowing experiences, and providing software tools for resume building and career planning.
The guidance office provides the following services to help facilitate career planning:
- Process career interest results from EXPLORE and PLAN with students
- Provide a personality test and career interest inventory through Naviance
- Require all students to create a resume through Naviance
- Refer families to professional career counselors
- Communicate various internship and job shadowing opportunities
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