Guidance Department

What we do….

Academic Counseling
Academic counseling is available to all students to help them understand their individual strengths, to set goals, and to assist them in planning an appropriate program of studies. Counselors, teachers and parents will work together to support and encourage all students in reaching their full potential.
Some of the areas in which a counselor can work with students and parents are:
* Planning a high school program relevant to student's interests, abilities and post high school plans
* Assisting students in selecting appropriate courses each year
* Checking each student's progress through a review of quarterly report cards and interim progress reports
* Consult with faculty regarding student performance
* Counseling students experiencing academic difficulty and developing strategies for improvement, including referrals to various academic resources at the high school
* Being available to meet with parents of all students
* Reviewing credit status leading to graduation
* Being available to meet with students and parents to review standardized test results

College Counseling
College counseling is offered to all students seeking post high school education. Designed to help students identify and clarify their abilities, interests and goals, college counseling assists students in making appropriate educational decisions. The formal college planning process begins with individual and group sessions in the junior year conducted by the school counselors. These sessions continue through the senior year.
In order to assist students fully, the following activities take place:
* Students will be encouraged to take appropriate standardized tests
* Students will be encouraged to utilize the facilities of the Career center* In the junior and senior year students are encouraged to schedule appointments with their counselor
* Counselors will write letters of recommendation for students when asked
* Counselors will direct students to a variety of available resources about colleges
* Counselors will maintain a current state of knowledge about colleges by attending conferences, visiting colleges and meeting with college representatives

Personal Counseling
School counselors, social workers and school psychologists are available to all students to assist them in managing the normal developmental issues that arise during adolescence. Students, staff or parents may initiate individual counseling sessions. When warranted, referrals may be made to appropriate community resources.
Some of the issues and concerns that may be addressed include:
* Academic Performance
* Peer Relationships
* Transition / Adjustment Problems
* Social Pressures
* Emotional Concerns
* Family Conflicts
* Community Influences

Kennedy High School
422 Highland Ave
Waterbury, CT 06708
Phone: 203.574.8150

Fax: 203.574.8154