Guidance and Counseling
In the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, or care for the individual, we strive to advocate for the students in every aspect of their lives. To this end, we collaborate and consult regularly with teachers, parents, and administrators to foster the academic, interpersonal, emotional and spiritual development of our students. Our goal is to help prepare students for the challenges of college and life.
Canisius High School's guidance and counseling department comprises six counselors and an administrative assistant. Our counseling center, adjacent to the library, is open each school day from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Three school counselors work with freshmen and sophomores regarding high school adjustment and study skills, three other school counselors work with the juniors and seniors on career exploration and college admissions. Individual, as well as group counseling, occurs throughout the four years. Information programs for parents are conducted at least four times a year regarding a variety of different topics related to academics and college planning.
Consistent with the Jesuit philosophy of using your talents in the service of others (I Peter 4:10), our career planning model has school counselors help students to first identify their strengths, abilities, and interests, and then find matching college programs to help develop these skills to prepare them for a career helping others.
Our school counselors welcome you to Canisius! Consistent with the American School Counselor Association model, our professional staff "delivers a comprehensive school counseling program encouraging all students' academic, career, and personal/social development and helping all students in maximizing student achievement." The expectation at Canisius is that it is not a question of if you are going to college, but where.
All freshmen take Freshmen Seminar taught by the technology teacher and the learning specialist. Students acquire skills to help them adjust to the rigors of Canisius High School including iPad training and basic technology, library and study skills. Counselors meet with all freshmen the first week of school to introduce themselves and their role as their counselor. They also utilize the class a few times a year for topics such as standardized test preparation, course selection and bullying awareness.
Counselors utilize a few class sessions to work with Sophomores on standardized test preparation. A good understanding of the PSAT/SAT is important to sophomores as they work toward college and career selection. Test format, scoring, test strategies and other tips are discussed. Students have the opportunity to ask any questions related to the PSAT, SAT or college and career preparation. A PSAT Student Guide which includes a full-length practice test is given to all students and they are encouraged to prepare for the PSAT. All sophomores (and all juniors) take the PSAT in October.
All juniors take a course called Career Exploration, which meets in a classroom or computer lab once per cycle during junior year. This course prepares students for the upcoming college admissions process. Students actively use online tools for career and college decision-making. Topics include: SAT preparation and score interpretation, resume writing, scholarships, college application and essay writing, campus visits, and more.
All seniors take College Planning, a course that meets in a classroom or computer lab once each cycle during the first semester of the senior year. Three counselors assist students through the college selection and application process. Additional topics include: the application process, financial aid, interviews, debt awareness, and other transitional issues. The course culminates with a panel discussion with recent CHS graduates to give students a “real” perspective on the college experience.
You may follow the Canisius guidance and counseling department on Twitter: @CrusaderCounsel
Class of 2020 (9th grade)
Class of 2019 (10th grade)
Class of 2018 (11th grade)
N-Z: Mrs. Moscovic