Individual and Group Guidance
Grey Nun Academy is unique in that we employ a certified School Counselor who offers regular instruction as part of the academic curriculum.
Students in Lower School receive one group guidance class per month and Middle School students receive guidance class every other week on topics such as: gratitude, compassion, teamwork, self-control, conflict resolution, and anti-bullying.
In addition to “push-in” guidance class, the Counselor offers individual and small group counseling as requested by teachers, students, or parents.
Students are also invited in small groups to Counselor-hosted Lunch Bunches in the guidance office to provide them with a social opportunity to enhance friendships or work through various group dynamics.
Our fully certified School Counselor also provides oversight for:
- Special needs and issues that may arise.
- Student Council Leadership.
- Review of standardized testing scores.
- Conflict resolution.
- Catapult’s math and reading specialists, and psychologist who evaluates children as needed.
- Outside psychologists who evaluate children’s learning needs.
- Speech and language pathologist from Bucks County Intermediate Unit.
- Division meetings with teachers and teacher/parent conferences to ensure a seamless transition as students advanced to the next grade level.
High School Admissions Counseling
Grey Nun Academy’s School Counselor plays an integral role in guiding students through the application process and transition to high school beginning as early as sixth grade when communications about high school open houses and practice tests are sent to students and families.
During the fall enrollment period, Grey Nun Academy hosts a High School Information Night, at which more than 25 of the region’s top high schools attend to meet with our students.
Following Information Night, the School Counselor hosts a meeting for seventh grade parents to explain the steps they will take together during the application process. Seventh grade students work with the School Counselor to build their resumes and prepare for admissions interviews.
The School Counselor also hosts an alumni panel of recent Grey Nun Academy graduates to meet with seventh and eighth grade students in order to answer their questions regarding high school transition.
The School Counselor meets again in the fall with the current eighth grade students and their parents to review the application process and answer any additional questions.
It is the goal of Grey Nun Academy’s Guidance Program to educate students and parents about the high school search and selection process, and to ensure that they are exceptionally well prepared for every step of this exciting journey.