Message from the Director of School Counseling
Welcome to the Guidance and College Counseling Department. As we begin the school year, the Guidance Department at DePaul Catholic High School would like to welcome back all our students from what was hopefully a healthy, restful, and productive summer. Additionally, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our incoming freshmen and transfer students. We are glad each of you has chosen DePaul Catholic and we look forward to working with all of you throughout the year.
There are some new faces in our office this school year and we are very excited to be a part of your student’s high school experience. Our department is comprised of three school counselors each working with our students as they progress through their four years of high school. Our counselors not only advise and equip students to realize their future educational goals, but they are also available to students and parents to aid in both personal and social development. Additionally, school counselors are responsible for assisting with special circumstances and serious difficulties a student may encounter. References to professional counselors and community resources are also available through the DePaul Catholic Guidance Department.
During the school year, a student may be asked to meet with his or her counselor for a variety of reasons including but not limited to the following:
- Academic progress/difficulties
- College counseling and placement
- Student-Athlete advice and monitoring
- Course selection and scheduling
- Tutoring services Social and peer issues
- Conflict resolution
- Career counseling
Every effort is made by the department to meet as often as possible with each student and be accessible to them at all times. Parents and guardians are also welcome to meet with the counselors via appointment to discuss any concerns they may have.
As DePaul Catholic is a college preparatory secondary school, it is inherent that the guidance staff helps to advise and prepare students for their future educational goals and plans. Counselors maintain ongoing relationships with higher education institutions and act as liaisons to representatives who visit DePaul. They work with students for four years, helping them navigate through college applications and the sometimes overwhelming admissions process.
In the first semester of junior year, group meetings are held to formally begin the college planning process. Individual meetings with each junior are scheduled to discuss the student’s interests and aspirations. In the fall, an evening meeting is also held for junior students and parents to discuss the college selection process. They meet with students individually and in groups, and host routine parent meetings to keep parents up-to-date with how to best assist their children in the ever-changing landscape of college admissions.
I look forward to the new school year, as well as to meeting all of you both in and around school, as well as at the various guidance related functions we sponsor. If at any time you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to assist you.
Each student at DePaul Catholic High School is assigned a specific counselor. This is done in order to make the transition to high school as seamless as possible, as well as provide consistency throughout the years with any academic, social, moral, and emotional issues a student may encounter.
Our counselor assignments are as follows:
- Mrs. Anne Gregory, Director of School Counseling and Support Services
- Mr. Jason Wooster, School Counselor
- Mrs. Cynthia Covello, School Counselor
- Ms. Kelsey Hall, Administrative Assistant, NCAA advisor
Anne Gregory M.Ed, J.D.
Director of School Counseling and Support Services