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School Counseling

In the spirit of the mission of Seton Hall Prep, the School Counseling Department seeks to foster the growth of healthy young men of character who are committed to self-actualization and to the service of others. The academic, developmental, social, and emotional needs of Seton Hall Prep students are the department’s primary concerns and are the focus of individual counseling, classwork, group work, and other programming.

In actively serving their complex needs and preparing them for future challenges, School Counseling places a particular emphasis on the wellness and readiness of its students. Students are strongly encouraged to develop healthy help-seeking behaviors and avail themselves of the many resources available to them at Seton Hall Prep.

Supportive Counseling

School Counseling’s “open-door policy” encourages students to seek out the assistance of their counselors for matters great and small. Given the inevitability of disappointment and struggle, counselors encourage students to see life’s challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. Students will remain with the same counselor through their four years which fosters the counselor-student relationship and ensures continuity of care. Counselors will also provide families with referrals to outside resources in the event of more serious issues.

Wellness Education and Programming

In concert with Physical Education and other departments, the School Counseling Department seeks to address topics that foster the physical, mental and developmental health of Prep students. In both smaller classroom settings and larger assemblies, students are introduced to topics that range from mental and emotional health, substance abuse, sexual education, failure, mindset and developing healthy lifestyles.

Academic, College, & Career Counseling

Beginning in their freshman year, students are encouraged to set academic goals and begin discerning possible college and career paths. They are encouraged to “begin with the end in mind.” Through one-on-one meetings and classwork, counselors work closely with students to plan their curricular and extra-curricular life at the Prep. Naviance (Family Connection) is a web-based program that will be utilized in this process. School counselors also support the work of the College Placement office, which oversees a comprehensive college placement program and the Prep’s Internship Program.

Academic Support

In addition to teacher help classes, School Counseling can coordinate efforts with several Honor Societies (National, Math, Spanish and Chinese), faculty members and other tutors to provide students with additional academic assistance.

Learning Assistance Program

The Learning Assistance Program provides services and one-on-one assistance to those students who have an ISP (Individual Study Plan).

Crisis Services/ Family Assistance Counselor

Licensed counselors are on staff to assist in the event of a crisis. The school’s Family Assistance Counselor is also available to address the needs of students in crisis who require more frequent attention. Referrals to outside resources are made when appropriate.

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