School Counseling Department Mission
Bishop Kearney High School’s school counseling program will provide all students with a data-informed comprehensive school counseling curriculum, centered around activities that encourage the highest level of student achievement and growth in academic, career, and social/emotional/personal domains. Together with staff, faculty, administration, and families, the school counselors will help all students to become lifelong lovers of learning and women who change the future.
School Counseling Department Vision
The students of Bishop Kearney High School are high-achieving learners who graduate college ready, well prepared to meet the challenges and high expectations of post-secondary realms in the 21st century. All students participate in a rich and rigorous curriculum with many opportunities for self-directed personal and spiritual growth supported by the comprehensive school counseling program. The counseling program facilitates strong partnerships between the school, families, and the community. As Kearney women, our students achieve to their fullest potential and strive to demonstrate inclusive love, cherish justice, and enjoy making a positive difference in our school, community and world. They care for themselves and others.
The Counseling Department / Student Support Services
At Kearney our wide scope of support services ensures that students achieve success at all levels. Certified School Counselors remain with students throughout their high school years and have an opportunity to establish a strong mentoring relationship and support system instilling a sense of community between the counselor and the student. Continued assistance, direction and encouragement are essential to students’ development, allowing each to reach their full potential and achieve their personal best.
College and career readiness are of paramount importance and are a primary focus in school counseling sessions throughout students’ four years at Bishop Kearney. Counselors engage students in a variety of college and career readiness experiences and processes; Naviance software and its assessments, as well as small group guidance sessions assignments help to ensure that students are both prepared and well-informed about themselves and their futures. All students meet formally with their school counselor once a week for guidance sessions. These group meetings allow students to become acquainted with each other and their counselor where discussions are centered on relevant topics specific to the grade level. Meeting topics cover students’ academic, social/emotional and college/career readiness needs. The goal is to develop a student who is a life-long learner through activities that promote and encourage social and interpersonal skills as well as organizational and problem solving abilities ensuring adaptability in a changing global landscape.
Naviance software is integrated into the counseling group sessions throughout the year to assist with college/career readiness.