Welcome to the Guidance Department
The Guidance Department works closely with teachers, parents, and our principal to help our students succeed in their academic performance, career development and personal/social growth. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of encouragement so that each student has the confidence to set goals as they prepare for their future. The counselors are available to help in many areas such as course selection, academic difficulties, college planning, and individual counseling.
During the Freshman year, students will acquire skills to help them adjust to the rigors of Saint Demetrios Preparatory including technology, library and study skills. Counselors meet with all freshmen individually as well as in group settings to discuss numerous topics including, but not limited to academic requirements, standardized test preparation, course selection, anxiety/stress reduction and other topics.
Counselors schedule class sessions to work with Sophomores on standardized test preparation. An understanding of the PSAT/SAT is important to sophomores as they work toward college and career choices. Test format, scoring, and test strategies are explained. Students have the opportunity to take mock PSAT and SAT exams. Counselors include an introduction to college and career preparation. Students are provided A PSAT Student Guide which includes a full-length practice tests, and they are encouraged to prepare for the PSAT. All sophomores and all juniors take the PSAT in October.
All juniors take a course called Career Preparation, which meets in a classroom and computer lab. This course prepares students for the college admissions process. Students use the internet and various tools for career and college decision-making. Topics include: SAT preparation and score interpretation, resume writing, cover letters, college interviews, scholarships, college application and essay writing, campus visits, and other content is introduced.
All seniors take the College Preparation course. The counselors assist students through the college selection and application process. This includes: the application process, financial aid, college interviews, college loans, scholarships, debt awareness, and other transitional issues.