About the Mount Saint Charles School Counseling Department

School counselors are knowledgeable professionals who work collaboratively with teachers, administrators, one another and the larger MSC community on behalf of your child and family.  Upon entering Mount Saint Charles, students are partnered with a counselor and they will remain a team through graduation.

Counselors are advisors and primary support for students. They work with students individually and in groups, focusing on academic planning and course selection, navigating the social and emotional experiences of teens, personal matters of concern, and the college and post-high school planning and transition process. Assisting students to achieve their maximum potential academically, while encouraging social and extracurricular experiences, is a major focus of our work. Above all, counselors seek to promote healthy development in all students at Mount.

Support for students and families

As support for students and their families, school counselors are often the first person a parent or guardian contacts with questions or concerns. We respect the confidentiality of the relationships we form with students. We seek to understand the expectations and concerns parents have for their children and advise accordingly. If we are unable to answer all of your questions, we will connect you with someone who can.

To assist us in supporting your student, it would be most helpful if you would advise us of important change(s) in the family, such as an extended illness, separation, divorce, remarriage, a death in the family or other event or issue that may be impacting your child. While it is up to you to decide how much information to share, it’s important to remember that the more we know about a student, the more support, guidance and comfort we can offer. It’s often a counselor’s responsibility to inform teachers about significant changes in your child’s life. This kind of information sharing is done with you and/or your child’s knowledge.

Confidentiality

An important obligation of school counselors is to maintain the confidentiality of their students. School counselors are obliged not to disclose information that a student has shared, within the context of the counseling relationship, unless such disclosures are necessary to protect the student from posing a serious threat to him/herself or others.

How to schedule an appointment

Your school counselor’s door is always open however scheduling an appointment can ensure that you have the one on one time you need! Scheduling an appointment is easy: simply book an appointment using the counselors agenda outside of their office or e-mail us a request.

Please call or email your child’s counselor when:

  • You have a concern regarding your child
  • You would like to check on their general progress
  • You want to share information that affects or may affect your child
  • You have not seen your child’s report card or mid-term notices
  • You have a personal matter to discuss about your child
  • You have a question regarding your child’s schedule or course selection
  • You don’t know whom else to ask