The Guidance program at Elyria Catholic High School supports and furthers the mission of Elyria Catholic High School. It is created upon the principles of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) national model of nine standards grouped within three domains: the academic, college/career and personal/social. We frame our work with a vision of each student achieving a successful first year of college. We want our students to walk on the college campus that is the right fit for their unique selves, prepared to:
• Challenge themselves academically and be able to manage their learning process independently
• To take advantage of the opportunities college has to offer
• To create connections with peers and professors
• To make choices of classes, careers or in relationships-that reflect each student’s integrity and positively impact his/her growth and development
In order for us to be of the most help in accomplishing the above, we need to get to know and understand our students over time, and the counselors stay with the students from 9th to 12th grade.
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Learn more about Guidance meetings, ACT/SAT prep, scholarship and college information and deadlines, and more!
Mrs. Susan Davidson
Guidance Director: last names M-Z
B.S. in Education from The Ohio State University and M.Ed in counseling from Cleveland State University
Telephone: 440.365.1821 ext. 125
Mrs. Chelsea Litten
Counselor: last names A-L
B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University and M.Ed in counseling from DePaul University
Telephone: 440.365.1821 ext. 123
Mrs. Margie Mendez
Guidance Secretary and Records Coordinator
Telephone: 440.365.1821 ext. 124
A Guidance presentation is provided to students during the Freshman Orientation. Counselors explain the importance of taking courses of rigor and present an overview of the career exploration/college search process. Also, we discuss the social/emotional/behavioral challenges of adolescence and the support system provided by the EC Community.
A Safe Dating curriculum is presented in Health classes.
Counselors also use Naviance to explore students strengths and how that could help to explore potential careers.
Counselors administer a career exploration questionnaire to sophomores through Naviance. After completing the 180 question assessment, the students are given their Holland Code and asked to explore careers that are related to their personality.
Juniors are asked to research five different colleges through Naviance as well as add the colleges to their "colleges I'm thinking about" list.
Seniors receive instructions regarding procedures for applying to colleges: application process, transcript requests, letters of recommendation and scholarships. A graduation survey will be administered at the end of the year to gain an understanding of where the students will be attending and how much scholarship money they received.
We meet with students a minimum of once each year and more often as needed/requested. We welcome students (and parents) to come to us with any questions or concerns. Typical issues are: academic struggles, course selection, the college and career search process and social/emotional issues.
Standardized Tests (college prep)
In October students will take either the ASPIRE in 9th grade or the PSAT in grades 10 & 11. Counselors meet with students in the classroom to explain test results and to assist students in utilizing the ACT/World of Work (ASPIRE) and My College Quick Start (PSAT) for career/major/college research. These tests serve as practice tests as well as provide valuable information on projected student performance on the ACT/SAT college entrance exams.
The following websites can assist you in planning your academic career at EC:
Grades 9-12: College Planning Checklist
Choosing a College
Applying to College