The Salesian High School Counseling Department consists of three highly trained, state-certified professional school counselors, who are committed to meeting the needs of all of our students. Our goal is to have a working relationship with each student and their teachers and families to develop their academic, social, and emotional well-being.
The department is also pleased to have a part-time Archdiocesan Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program (ADAPP) counselor on staff. The ADAPP counselor facilitates “push-in” presentations in the freshman health classes, educating students on making healthy social decisions, specifically pertaining to substance use/abuse. He also provides individual and group counseling for referred students.
The counseling department hosts a number of informational meetings for parents, emphasizing the college process, including college application and financial aid presentations, our annual college fair, and individual family meetings in the spring of junior year.
Listed below is an outline of the general topics addressed with each student, by their grade-level counselor:
The goal of Salesian High School’s guidance services is to work collaboratively with students, parents and teachers by fostering school and home communication, facilitating parent-teacher conferences and providing parent guidance regarding academic and social topics.
Peer Tutoring Program
In addition to attending the office hours or extra help sessions offered by teachers, students struggling with a course may inquire with their counselor about participating in the Peer Tutoring program. Each student is paired with an upperclassman with whom they work on concept review, homework checks, and test prep, once per week. Should a student have a severe deficiency in a specific subject, or is struggling in multiple subjects, their counselor will recommend professional tutors for families to contact.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Salesian High School is fortunate to work with the New Rochelle School District to provide select services for students with an IEP or 504 plan. These include certain testing accommodations and basic classroom accommodations. A small number of students may also qualify for lunchtime/after school academic support sessions with our School Psychologist, who works under the New Rochelle Committee on Special Education.
Incoming freshmen and transfer students with an IEP/504 should contact Carmela Fava Gabriel, the Director of Guidance, for more information regarding the special education process and specific accommodations offered.
- Assist students with educational, social, and emotional issues
- Advise students in course selection process
- Work with students to establish good work ethic, improve study skills, and develop self-advocacy skills
- Track school and New York State graduation requirements
- Manage the college application process
- Promote academic achievement
- Provide mediation and short term personal counseling to students
- Provide “push in” classroom presentations on topics such as academic and social skills, College Board Examinations, transition to college for seniors, etc
Additional Services & Events
College Process Information Night, Financial Aid Information Night, Annual College Fair, Annual Career Day, Administration of PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT School Day, available on-site SAT prep course for juniors, individual college planning family meetings, and more.
- Transition and adjustment to high school
- Time management and organizational skills
- Study skills
- Development of extracurricular interests/involvement
- Administration of PSAT 8/9
- Continuation of time management and organization skills
- Continuation of extracurricular involvement
- Developing career interests
- Maintaining and improving academic skills
- Introduction to College Board
- Administration of PSAT/NMSQT
- Introduction to Naviance
- Beginning college research
- Resume development
- Preparing for college applications
- Administration of PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, ACT
- College Application Process
- Financial Aid Application Process
- Additional SAT and/or ACT testing
- Concluding the college process and school selection
- Transition out of high school
Salesian High School’s counselors begin putting college and the college process on students’ radar as early as freshman year. During the early years of high school this is done through reminders of the importance of maintaining a solid academic record and good relationships with teachers, encouraging students to get involved in extracurricular activities, and taking the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT. By junior year, however, students are fully immersed in the process beginning with their final PSAT/NMSQT in the fall and continuing with research and education about the application process in the spring. Students return as seniors, jumping right into filling out their applications. Each step of the way, counselors work closely with students and their families, getting students ready to take the next major step in their academic careers. Learn more about our college counseling services.