Academics + Counseling
SHC school counselors and college advisors are dedicated to ensuring that each student maximizes his or her potential so that he or she may be empowered with skills and information to make educated choices for the present and future.
Incoming students are assigned a school counselor with whom they will continue to consult until graduation. Junior year, students are also assigned a college advisor who will guide them through the college research, application and financial aid process. School counselors meet with students individually to get to know them as unique individuals and offer guidance tailored to their specific needs, as well as in groups to provide information relevant to social and academic adjustment, curriculum and college preparation and planning. College advisors provide students and families with individualized planning throughout the college admissions process.
Understanding that the developmental stage of adolescence can be challenging, SHC school counselors work to ensure that the transition from adolescence to adulthood is as smooth and as fluid as possible. To help bring about a seamless transition between the SHC secondary school experience and collegiate matriculation, parents are invited to discuss with their child’s school counselor any issues or concerns they may have regarding the academic, personal, emotional or spiritual development of their child. Parents are also strongly encouraged to meet with their student’s college advisor in the spring or summer prior to the senior year.
Counseling Department Mission
Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Counseling and Advising Program provides parents and students the academic guidance they need to navigate a challenging college prep curriculum commensurate with the individual student’s gifts, talents, and aspirations in order to make the transition from secondary school to college as seamless as possible. In addition, school counselors guide, support, encourage and nurture students to advance emotionally, socially and spiritually from adolescence to adulthood.
Counseling Department Goals
SHC school counselors and college advisors assist students to:
- Make mature decisions guided by the Gospel and teachings of the Catholic Church.
- Develop relationships with others predicated upon respecting the dignity of each person.
- Discern and practice appropriate personal and social behavior.
- Achieve personal and academic goals that lead to success.
- Navigate technology for college planning and ascertain collegiate options.
- Identify and pursue post-secondary opportunities commensurate with individual interests, talents and abilities.
Our Counseling & Advising Model
We offer a specialized and comprehensive approach to serve SHC students and families. School counselors and our Academic Resource Specialist serve students from the time they enter until the time they graduate from SHC. Beginning junior year, school counselors are joined by college advisors who guide students through the increasingly complex tasks of college research, application, and financial aid process.
Separating these roles allows school counselors to be more available and responsive to the academic, spiritual, and social-emotional needs of students while allowing college advisors to provide students and families with individualized planning throughout the college admissions process.
Serving All Our Students
Academic Success Center (ASC)
We recognize that our rigorous college preparatory curriculum can prove daunting, especially for incoming students. To foster academic skills and confidence, SHC designed the Academic Success Center. Some ninth graders will be assigned to a Study and Organizational Skills class which meets in the ASC, and other students opt to stop by for occasional assistance with a single assignment or concept. The ASC is located on the first floor of the La Salle campus, and is open regularly during white collaboration periods and after school. The ASC is staffed by experienced SHC faculty and California Scholarship Federation (CSF) peer tutors.
The Testing Center, located on the first floor of the La Salle campus, provides a supervised site for students to complete assessments that require additional time or to make up work that they missed due to absences (whether for illness, athletics, or immersion trips). The Testing Center is open from 7:30am to 3:30pm each school day.
Students with Learning Disabilities
SHC provides educational support services to students with specific, documented learning disabilities and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to help ensure that that all SHC students are fully integrated into our college preparatory environment. Our dedicated counselor, experienced in supporting students with LD and ADHD at the secondary and collegiate level, collaborates with teachers and school counselors to determine reasonable accommodations to meet individual needs. Although curriculum is not modified, students may receive accommodations and assistance with developing self-advocacy skills and strategies that stress independent learning and prepare them for a positive college education. Accommodations may include extended time for testing; alternative testing; arranged note-takers, readers, and scribes; access to assistive technologies; and professional referrals.