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Parent Information Nights

The Counselors discuss the transition from middle school to high school and the counseling process for freshman and sophomore year. Counselors provide information for parents about tools they give students for high school success related to academic, social and emotional development. Counselors present information at parent night about appropriate use of technology and academic success strategies.

Junior Parent Night

The College Counselors present information about the college admission process that is critical to junior year. Topics include; standardized testing, college visits, scholarships and financial aid, college selectivity and forming a college list, selecting a major, college fairs and interviews and an overview of the college application and admission process.

Senior Parent Night

The College Counselors review the college application process with parents so they have a comprehensive understanding of what is involved in the admission process. They discuss the importance of a student’s application, and all the ways in which we work collaboratively with students to provide students with the assistance they need to present the best application possible to the colleges. They go into detail during this parent meeting about the college admission cycle in terms of deadlines for applications, financial aid and scholarship. They talk about the stressors of senior year and assure parents that we will guide their daughters through this process.

Freshman/Sophomore Parent Meeting with College Counselors

This meeting is held in the morning and evening and gives parents of freshman and sophomores the opportunity to ask questions about the college process and college admissions. We let them know some of the necessary preparation that their daughters will need to be doing over the next couple of years in planning for college. We focus our discussion on test preparation, college selectivity, college costs and financial planning, majors, summer programs, grade point average, course selection at Sacred Heart, extracurricular activities and admission criteria.

Financial Aid Workshop

A financial aid officer from the University of Louisville runs this informative workshop for seniors and parents. The presenter works through the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) step-by step so parents and seniors can complete this important document and ask questions of a professional financial aid officer.

NCAA Student-Athlete Meeting

Freshman, sophomores, juniors and their parents are invited to an informative roundtable discussion with Sacred Heart coaches and college athletic officials on NCAA, NCAA Eligibility Center, the “ins and outs” of the recruitment process and Division I, II, II and NAIA rules and regulations.

Parent Coffees

The Counseling Office hosts two parent coffees a year. These are informal gatherings where we discuss topical issues related to parenting adolescents. In 2014, our parent coffee topics included:
  • Raising Competent and Confident Girls, presented by Department Chair, Leslie O’Connor. This presentation included information about brain development, obstacles that may cause problems for adolescents such as; depression, alcohol or drug use or an eating disorder and parenting strategies to create a close connection with your daughter.
  • Responsible Cyber Citizenship presented by Counselor, Angela Lechleiter and Dean of Studies, Sheila Huff. They discussed tips and ideas about best practices for parents and teens, about technology use.

Student Programs and Seminars

Programs and information for students are offered on topics such as grief and loss, depression and suicide, alcohol and substance abuse, sexual assault and date rape awareness.

Seminars related to applying to college are also available.

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