St. Francis High School

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General Information

St. Francis High School 41st Annual College Fair
Date: Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Time: Doors open at 6:30 for St. Francis students (w/ student ID) and 7:00 p.m. for general public / Event ends at 8:30 p.m.
  • College, university, and U.S. armed service representatives may register for College Fair table space on RepVisits: https://CounselorCommunity.com; search for ‘St. Francis High School (La Canada, So.Cal)’ (Space is limited.)

St. Francis High School - College/University Visit Schedule
  • College/University Admission Representatives can schedule an appointment to meet with our students on RepVisits: https://CounselorCommunity.com; search for ‘St. Francis High School (La Canada, So.Cal)’
 
Philosophy
 
Each student is unique in God’s creation. Our counselors are committed to working with each individual student so that he may develop his optimal potential. As a department, we recognize that problems are a natural part of human life and range from everyday demands to serious life crises. It is the counselor’s role to assist students in identifying problems, developing alternatives and making informed choices and decisions. A student may come to any member of the counseling staff with any problem. In accordance with state law, all discussions are held in confidence, with exception of those communicating the student's intent to harm himself or others or those communicating that someone is harming the student or another minor.
 
Overall Goals and Objectives

  • To develop in the student an understanding and appreciation of self to help him understand his place in the kingdom of God
  • To assist students in solving problems and making objective plans for the future
  • To smooth the transition from elementary or middle school to high school and again from high school to higher education
  • To acquaint the student with academic, graduation and college requirements
  • To develop an informed knowledge of life/career alternatives and the vocational or educational commitment involved in those alternatives
  • To make available all pertinent information and assistance in making a responsible and realistic educational decision
 
Counseling Staff
 
St. Francis has five counselors and a counseling assistant on campus. One counselor is assigned to the freshman class and three counselors share the sophomore, junior and senior classes. We also have a full-time personal counselor to provide mental health services to all students.
 
Individual Counseling
 
  • To discuss educational concerns and explore methods for improving academic performance
  • To discuss personal or social issues in a confidential setting
  • To aid in conflict resolution
  • To assist students in handling crises
  • In certain cases, to help students and their families work out difficulties that are impeding the student’s academic performance
  • To help students achieve present and future goals in education
 
Parents, teachers or students may request counseling appointments for students by contacting the counseling department assistant. Parents should feel free to call the grade level counselor or the personal counselor with any concerns regarding their son.
 
 
Group Counseling
 
In addition to individual counseling sessions, the counselors may conduct group meetings. Group counseling is typically used for the following reasons:
  • To aid in conflict resolution
  • To inform the student body of school programs or resources available
  • To establish support groups for students with similar problems, difficulties or interests
  • To disseminate information regarding standardized testing, college preparation, and the college application process