The Counseling Department at Nazareth Academy High School is dedicated to working with our students the minute they arrive on campus. From their first week as freshman when they attend a counseling assembly until that time in senior year when students have finalized their college plans, the Counseling Department is by our girls' side supporting them through this journey.
NAHS Counseling Department
The Nazareth Academy High School Counseling Department has 4 full-time staff members and counselors available for our students every day needs. In collaboration with these 4 full-time staff members we also boast a relationship with CORA Services that allows for 5 part-time counselors to be available throughout the school year.
Nazareth counselors meet with students at least once a semester individually for a general check-in, as well as on an as needed basis. In addition, they meet in small group sessions and in larde informational to address personal concerns, offer support, provide conflict resolution, stress management, and study strategies, and offer referrals to clinicians in the community. Whether it be academics, personal, social, or college and career, our girls' success and wellbeing at Nazareth Academy High School is forefront in the work of the Counseling Department.
Counseling Program Overview
The following overview of Nazareth Academy High School's Counseling Services includes recommendations and counseling services available at each step of the path through their high school experience.
Freshman Counseling Seminar ~ Laying the Groundwork
Freshman year focuses on the transition between elementary and secondary levels, adjusting to the Nazareth environment. The counselors meet with their students each semester to discuss the areas of academic, career and personal/social. The students fill out the Freshman Survey which is a tool for the counselor to get to know the student better.
They are introduced to Naviance, CollegeBoard and Kahn Academy, which are websites that are used for testing prep, testing feedback as well as career and college searches. Students take the PSAT and receive feedback from their counselor.
Freshman also meet with counselors half the school year in a weekly classroom seminar for topical discussions. Study and social skills, friendship building, body image, decision making and time management, as well as many other topics, are presented.
Sophomore Counseling Seminar ~ Developing the Foundation
Sophomore year focuses on developing a balance between academics and personal growth opportunities. With the assistance of their counselors, the sophomores explore their personal and academic interests in relation to their majors, careers, and college choices.
The Sophomores are provided with resources to assist in their future decision making such as the Campbell Interest and Skills Survey, career/major searches, and the “Do What You Are” survey completed on Naviance. Sophomore year also focuses on building their college resume through involvement in the school community, volunteer opportunities, and out of school activities.
Junior Counseling Seminar ~ Making Concrete Plans
Counselors assist juniors in large groups and in one-on-one sessions to refine their college search to best fit their academic, career and personal aspirations. Nazareth Academy offers juniors an SAT preparatory program in mathematics after school and incorporates prep work across the curriculum.
Students begin the many tasks needed to enable them to move forward with their college applications in senior year. Parent meetings are offered to both inform and honor the important role that parents play in this college planning process.
Senior Counseling Seminar ~ Securing the Plans
Seniors focus on college visits, applying to colleges, and financial aid considerations. While seniors await decisions from the schools of their choice, counselors encourage them to actively search for and apply for scholarships.
Seniors attend both large group sessions as well as individual meetings with both the college counselor and their assigned counselor. Parent meetings are offered to both inform and honor the important role that parents play in this college application process.
Mrs. Emma Lee Menszak, M.A., LMFT
Ms. Alyssa Mikulski '12
Ms. Lauren Raymond, M.S.