Student Support at Holy Names Academy
Adolescence is a time of tremendous growth with unique challenges. Given the cognitive, psychological, and physical development our students undergo during their time in high school, Holy Names Academy strives to provide responsive and comprehensive student support services to meet their ever-changing needs. In addition to the College Counselors who assist students with the college selection and admissions process, we have two full-time School Counselors on staff who focus on student mental health and provide holistic counseling, as well as an Academic Support Coordinator (ASC) who works with students in need of academic and environmental accommodations.
The School Counselors provide the following services:
- Personal counseling that is holistic and solution-focused with outside referrals provided for longer-term needs.
- Academic guidance, including support in executive functioning skills and referrals to tutors (both internal peer tutors and external professional tutors).
- Attendance support, including communication with students, parents, and families around pre-arranged, extended, or excessive absences.
- Coordination of the Peer Mentoring program, which pairs 11th- and 12th-grade leaders with the 9th-grade homerooms to assist the new students with their transition into high school.
- Collaboration with the ASC on the implementation of Accommodation Plans for students with documented learning and/or health issues.
- General support for students facing challenges that impact their school day.
- Training Faculty and Staff by leading DEIJB and mental health-focused workshops. Facilitating the SEED program and providing speakers to keep staff updated on the latest healing and trauma informed care.
- Emergency Response, participation in planning the school's plans for outward messaging, crisis intervention, and procuring of outside resources.
The Academic Support Coordinator works with students and families to provide the following services:
- creation and facilitation of internal Accommodation Plans for students with documented learning and/or health issues
- academic support, including study skills, time management, and organizational strategies.
- coordination with the College Board/ACT to assist students in the accommodations process for standardized testing.
- transition of student Accommodation Plans to colleges/universities for graduating seniors.