College Counseling

Department Mission

The St. John Paul II High School guidance department supports the mission of the school by providing high-quality, comprehensive school counseling support to all students. Our programs are designed to enhance the development of each student’s academic, career, social and personal competencies through collaboration with students, faculty, parents, and the community.

Four Year Guidance Program

Freshman Year

  • Transition to high school
  • Community building
  • PSAT 8/9 review
  • School activities
  • Organization skills
  • PSAT 8/9 results
  • Study skills
  • Time management
  • Resources/extra-help
  • School life
  • Individual scheduling

Sophomore Year

  • Intro to sophomore year
  • PSAT review
  • Career Cluster Inventory
  • Career project
  • PSAT results
  • Resume workshop
  • Scheduling seminar
  • College search
  • Planning for the junior year
  • Individual scheduling

Junior Year

  • Intro to junior year
  • PSAT preview
  • Career Interest Profile
  • PSAT and SATs
  • Scheduling seminar
  • Creating the college list
  • Understanding the college process
  • Individual scheduling
  • Preparing for the senior year

Senior Year

  • Intro to the senior year
  • The college process
  • The college list
  • Understanding financial aid
  • Comparing colleges
  • Outside scholarship searches
  • “Reality check” – the impact of loans
  • Getting ready for college
  • Guidance reviews and final decisions
  • Senior Information Night
  • Financial Aid Nights
  • Freshman Parent Night
  • Junior Planning Night 1: The Application Process
  • Sophomore Parent Night
  • PSAT Night
  • Standardized Testing: The SATs and ACTs
  • AP and Scheduling Night
  • Junior Planning Night 2: Financial Aid Process
  • College Admissions Representatives Roundtable
  • Open parent conference evenings
  • Guidance admissions evenings
  • JPII admissions evenings

Guidance: What?, When?, and How?

School counselors provide an array of services, including:

  • Emotional, social, developmental, and behavioral support
  • Academic advising and support
  • College and career awareness, exploration, and planning
  • Collaboration and coordination of resources within the school and the community
  • Planning, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program
  • Consultations with parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators
  • School crisis intervention
  • Staff development and training

Students should contact their guidance counselor with:

  • Academic concerns
  • Social/ emotional problems
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Class scheduling
  • Career exploration
  • College, career, and post-secondary planning
  • Parents should contact their child’s guidance counselor with:
  • Concerns regarding academic performance
  • Concerns regarding social and/or emotional well-being
  • Information about special needs/ family situation
  • Coordinating meetings with teachers and other support personnel
  • College, career, and post-secondary planning

Every student has an assigned counselor every year. A guidance counselor may be contacted by:

  • Student self-referral: Stopping by, leaving a note, emailing, or calling
  • Teacher, administrator, or staff referral
  • Parent referral
  • Peer referral
School Profile

Mr. Mark Tanguay
Guidance Director

2020 Return-to-School PlanLearn More