Notre Dame High School offers comprehensive guidance services for our students from individual pre-high school informational meetings to college counseling. The Guidance Department works with students, bringing valuable insight and experience to the college counseling process, while guiding them as they transition through high school. Recently the Guidance Department has incorporated utilizing Naviance to assist students with their college preparations. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for details.
Students have easy access to their guidance counselor at Notre Dame - no appointments necessary! Operating on an Open Door Policy, students are welcome to stop by anytime with any questions or concerns that they may have. Our counselors are happy to help students deal with schedule concerns, personal problems, relationship issues with peers or any other problem they may be facing.
The Guidance Department offers annual workshops for parents on College Financial Aid and the College Search Process. Our counselors provide classroom guidance sessions to students, where topics such as study skills, test preparation, career search, and college search are discussed. Students are also scheduled to meet with their counselors in the spring to discuss their plans for the following school year.
Standardized tests are given to all students in grades 9, 10, and 11 each year. Freshmen and Sophomores take the ACT Aspire, which prepares them for the ACT college entrance exam. Juniors take the PSAT which will provide them with good information about preparing for the SATs and enter them into the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test competition.
All upcoming Guidance News and Events are sent to families in the school's weekly update communication. Our counselors are always happy to answer any questions or concerns that parents may have concerning their students, and can be contacted directly by phone or email.
Naviance, an online program, is a valuable resource for the Guidance Department. This program has a student interface called Family Connection, which students can use for college and career planning. The guidance department diligently works to incorporate Family Connection into monthly lesson plans with students in grades 9-12.
The Naviance/Family Connection platform allows students to search careers, colleges, and majors, and also houses a variety of other features. In addition to the capabilities on the student end, it provides our department a large variety of reports along with valuable data, and has streamlined our college application process.
Students are strongly encouraged to access the Family Connection component independently to utilize its features to the fullest extent. Students can access their accounts by clicking the link below and using their Notre Dame High School email address for username.
Parents are welcome to access a guest account by following the link above, clicking “I’m a guest” on the right hand side, and using the password “ndhs.”