Counselors meet with all freshmen during the first week of school to promote a smooth transition to high school. This initial orientation meeting provides a forum for candid discussion about issues, questions, and concerns, with the goal of encouraging student adjustment.
An additional class period is devoted to self-awareness. Strengths and needs, personal effectiveness, and learning styles are assessed. The goal of these sessions is for students to become more aware of who they are and what they need to do to become more successful, both as a person and a student. Every student takes a learning styles inventory. The different types of learning and studying are discussed, as are specific learning and studying strategies. Results will be mailed home to parents.
During the third session of the school year, students are introduced to the course selection process. Graduation requirements are reviewed. Counselors take this opportunity to have students map out a four-year plan, placing emphasis on the courses that are offered at every level.
Counselors also administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to all freshmen during health classes. The Myers-Briggs provides students with insight into personality characteristics and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.
During the sophomore year, students will participate in two guidance classes. The first guidance class will focus on Career Exploration in conjunction with the CHOICES computer program. Students will complete an interest inventory. Results will be mailed home to promote career discussion.
The second guidance class will focus on the world of work and current occupational information and trends.
In addition to the sophomore curriculum, counselors will promote shadowing experiences with students in an effort to facilitate career awareness.
The junior guidance curriculum consists of four sessions. In September, the junior year testing timetable is introduced along with an explanation of the various tests - PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, etc. Transcripts are distributed and discussed. Meeting with school representatives in the guidance office and attending College Night is strongly recommended.
In session two, a panel of current seniors speak to them about their experiences with the college and career search process and share what they might have done differently. Students are also taken to the computer lab to become familiar with college search programs. After entering the criteria that are important to them, students produce an initial list of 8-10 schools to discuss with parents. Students are also introduced to the college, business/technical school information, handbooks, catalogues, videos, etc., available in the guidance office.
During the last session, all students prepare a resume for college and/or employment purposes.
Through the senior guidance curriculum, students complete three individual class sessions which are taught throughout the course of the school year. In early September, seniors will have an opportunity to become familiar with the college selection process and application submission procedure, requesting letters of recommendation, essay writing, college interviews, college visitations, resume preparation and scholarship searches. Following the initial class period, students work closely with their guidance counselor to complete the application process.
The second and third class periods completed in late May and are devoted to promoting a successful transition from high school to college with a candid discussion of college life with York Suburban alumni, as well as college personnel.