Guidance Counseling & College Advising
The Counseling Center at Seattle Prep is rooted in our mission that each person is sacred and we are created to serve others in community. The Counseling Center is comprised of Guidance Counselors and College Advisors that work as a team to address the academic, social/emotional and post-high school planning needs of each unique individual in our community. Our team works closely with teachers, parents and administrators but our primary goal is to develop a trusting relationship with the students we serve in order to best advocate for them and support their goals.
Beginning freshman year each student is assigned a Guidance Counselor based on the student’s last name. That Guidance Counselor continues with their assigned students throughout their four years. During the junior year each student will also be assigned a College Advior. This typically begins with an individual meeting with the student and family during the second semester. At that point the College Advisor will work closely with each student during the college process throughout senior year.
Guidance Counselors at Prep foster a safe environment to help support students as they transition into high school and throughout all four years. Students are assigned a counselor in the freshman year and remains with his/her respective counselor for the entire four years, allowing for a personal relationship to develop. Students will also be assigned a College Advisor beginning junior year.
Freshmen: A-E (last names)
Sophomores: A-F (last names)
Juniors: A-F (last names)
Freshmen: F-Mc (last names)
Sophomores: G-M (last names)
Juniors: G-M (last names)
Freshmen: Me-Z (last names)
Sophomores: N-Z (last names)
Juniors: N-Z (last names)
- Support academic/social/emotional needs for grade 9-11 caseload
- Support social/emotional needs for grade 12 caseload
- 1:1 meetings with students for academic, social and emotional needs
- Facilitate group counseling for select topics (grief, stress-management, etc)
- Collaborate with parents, teachers and staff to support the educational, personal, and emotional growth of our students
- Coordinate with the Learning Resource Center (LRC) to support students with Student Accommodation Plans
- Deliver guidance lessons to students in order to support wellness and social/emotional learning.
- Collaborate with academic departments to implement programs (ex. Forefront Suicide Prevention, One Love)
- Collaborate with faculty and parents to address any performance and/or behavioral concerns and facilitate intervention
- Provide referrals for external therapist and assessments
Our counselors respect and honor a student’s right to privacy and it is critical to create an atmosphere of trust. This means the information a student shares with a counselor will not be shared without permission from the student or her/his family. There are exceptions to confidentiality and students are informed that the exceptions to confidentiality exist under certain circumstances for their, or other individuals, protection. More specifically, there can be no expectation of privacy if a counselor has a concern that a student may be in danger of harming him/herself or others or if there is a concern about abuse.
As a Jesuit, Catholic college preparatory school, Seattle Prep provides a comprehensive program of college counseling. College Counseling services include:
- Individual meetings with students and parents to assist in the college selection and search process.
- A sequence of parent/student meetings to provide information, resources and support for the college admissions process.
- A yearly financial aid night to assist parents with the financial aid process.
- On site visitation by over 100 college admissions directors and representatives each year.
- Access to a web-based software program that links students, parents and school personnel to important resources and that manages the application process.
- Resource center with information on colleges, scholarships and career opportunities.
- SAT classes offered on site.
First Semester Important Information for Seniors
Check your email frequently. Important information is sent via email on a regular basis.
Check your Family Connection/naviance account regularly to see which colleges are visiting. Sign-up by noon the SCHOOL day before the college visit so that you can be excused from class, if necessary, to attend these visits. It is particularly important that you visit schools you are applying to or considering for your college list.
Click here to view our 2018-19 School Profile.
The Seattle Preparatory School College Counseling Office uses Naviance Family Connection from Naviance as a comprehensive website to use in making decisions about colleges and careers. Current sophomores and juniors (please check with your son/daughter) have been provided with a personal access code and instructions for accessing Naviance Family Connection. Parents of current sophomores and juniors have been mailed a separate parent access code. If you or your student have forgotten the code, please contact Janet O’Neil in the Counseling Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Naviance? Naviance is a comprehensive, web-based resource to facilitate your child in making decisions about colleges and careers. It will also encourage him/her to take ownership of the college search process while at the same time allowing parents access to their individual profiles. Since it is web-based, you have access to its capabilities whether at school, at home, or on the road. Naviance Family Connection is linked with Naviance Workspace, which we use in our office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that's specific to Seattle Preparatory School. Naviance Family Connection will allow Seattle Prep students to:
Keep track of the Post-High School Planning process
Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
Compare GPA, SAT-ACT scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past(Class of 2011-Present)
COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE VISITS & SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
See a list of upcoming college representative visits to Seattle Prep (list updated weekly) by signing in to your naviance account. Juniors and seniors may sign-up by registering for the visit on Naviance before the end of the school day at least one day prior to the visits. Please note that while parents can view the visits on the parent account the sign-ups are only available on the student accounts.
In addition, you may access the site as "guest". The "guest" password is: panther.
Click here to access the Naviance Family Connection.
For students who are starting their college searches, several websites offer one-stop shops that include searchable databases of college information, test preparation aids, virtual tours, and online applications. Here are some of the leading sites and some of the additional features they contain:
THE COLLEGE BOARD
www.collegeboard.com Features online registration for the SAT and help with essay preparation. An outstanding addition is www.myroad.com, the College Board’s most comprehensive and integrative online solution for exploring and targeting colleges, college majors and careers. This internet site is an outstanding tool to use in your college search and is free to students who take the PSAT.
www.petersons.com Includes a personal organizer, practice tests for the SAT and ACT, and discussion groups.
www.xap.com Gives students a head start on the admissions process, starting in eighth grade, by leading them through questions about high school courses and the types of colleges they would like to attend.
HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES
www.Hbcuconnect.com Site is hosted by Columbia University. Includes information and resources related to HBCUs and links to the colleges’ web sites.
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
FAFSA on the Web: www.fafsa.gov Online version of the federal financial aid form.
FASTWEB: www.fastweb.com A database of scholarships and grants.
Financial Aid Facts: www.finaidfacts.org Comprehensive financial aid web site.
WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE
www.wiche.edu Students in western states may enroll in many four-year out of state public universities at a reduced tuition rate: 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition.