Welcome to the School Counseling Department
The School Counseling Department at Bishop Chatard High School offers academic and personal support, as well as high school, college and career guidance to our high school students through class counselors and support personnel. We are here to assist our students. Please contact us with your questions.
Local College Fairs
Local college fairs offer a great chance for families to learn more about colleges and universities nationwide. Mark your calendar and plan to attend as your schedule allows.
PSAT Testing is October 16All students in grades 9-11 will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Juniors can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program by attaining high scores (details in student guides). Although this test is not required, it is also a tremendous opportunity to practice the SAT. It is paid for by the state of Indiana. Please do not schedule doctor or dentist appointments at this time; there is no make-up date. Students will be dismissed for the day around 11:30. Seniors have a college visit day on this day. BCHS will also be offering SAT testing on October 16 for Seniors only. Seniors: check your email from Mr. Reilly for details.
PSAT Student GuidesJuniors: You can qualify for scholarships with a good test score, so you definitely should prepare. The Grade 11 PSAT is also used as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). Check your student guide for details. Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT student guides will be distributed to you in preparation for the PSAT. Freshmen: Freshmen will be taking the PSAT 8/9. Online information about the test can be found at Go to CollegeBoard, Inside the Test. (There is no student booklet).
Creating your CollegeBoard.org accountPlease note that students have specific BCHS instructions in Canvas for creating their College Board accounts. Please set up your accounts using these instructions to avoid making conflicting or duplicate accounts.
College & Career Information
Counselors will be distributing Learn More student guides to all freshmen & sophomores, and IN Next guides to juniors & seniors during the week of Sept. 15, 2019. These valuable guides contain pertinent information about high school, the college search, financial aid, and career exploration.
Parents and students can also access learnmoreindiana.org for related resources from the Indiana Dept. of Education and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
Explorer Post Information: Explorer magazines, listing all open houses, Explorer Post descriptions, and program contacts are available in the Counseling Office.
BCHS College Counseling Website: Visit our newly re-designed College Counseling website for resources about college, careers, enrichment/leadership opportunities, FAQs and more.
New Social Media Apps and Your Student
Whether it’s via text message or an app like Instagram or Snapchat, today’s youth are using social media to share their personal information. Social media is always changing, with new apps appearing all the time. It’s important for adults to learn about these apps to help ensure your child's safety online.
CNN recently posted an article that allows parents to stay current on recently released social media apps. Please read and use this information to help direct your conversations at home about how to use and protect their information in this digital age.
When enrolled as a freshman, each Bishop Chatard student is assigned to a school counselor who is ready to assist with academic support, class selection, college and career planning, and other issues important to high school students. Contact information for all school counselors is available on our Contact Us link in this section.
As part of its mission to foster the success of each student, Bishop Chatard offers an innovative Academic Support Program to those students who qualify for an education plan. The program narrows learning gaps by allowing students to receive support in an inclusive learning environment.
Tutoring & Coursework Assistance
Bishop Chatard offers a variety of programs and services to assist students who would benefit from tutoring or one-on-one time with a teacher. Students may receive assistance from teachers during the school’s Zero Period prior to the start of the school day, or they can take advantage of National Honor Society tutoring or Study Tables during homeroom or after school. Resources available in the school’s Collaborative Learning Center are available during the school day and are just a click away 24/7!
For more information, students are encouraged to look at the options detailed on the Tutoring page or talk with a school counselor.
Bishop Chatard social worker works in collaboration with school counselors, school nurses, teachers, administrators, parents and various community agencies to serve our students. Information obtained through these resources is integrated to provide social, emotional, behavioral and adaptive functioning support to a student, his or her family, and the school. The social worker provides a safe place for students to discuss problems, while building resiliency factors so students are less likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors.
As BCHS transitions to a new Social Worker, please contact the BCHS School Counseling Department with any social services needs.
- Individual/group counseling
- Crisis intervention/conflict mediation services
- Empowerment of/advocacy for students and families
- Culturally competent services
- Referrals to community agencies
- Consultation with school staff, family and community agencies
Referral to the Social Worker
Parents, guardians, school staff and students may refer someone to the BCHS social worker. Please be aware that students may refer themselves to the social worker without prior consent of a parent or guardian.
Parents or guardians will be notified if a referral is made by the school staff or if a referral relates to a serious nature. Parents or guardians may also contact the school directly if the parent/guardian does not want his/her child to receive those services.
An exception is made if child abuse or neglect is suspected or if the child appears to be in crisis. In this situation, the social worker may meet with the student one time without parental or guardian consent to assess the situation.
Some common reasons for referral to the social worker are:
- Sudden changes in academics/behavior
- Anxiety/Depression/Anger management
- Peer pressure and friendships
- Family issues
- Substance abuse
- Social skills
Student Assistance Services
The Bishop Student Assistance Program is designed for teachers and administrators to work collaboratively to address social and academic needs of students. The program is a way to ensure that the needs of every student are being met.
Students are referred to this program by teachers, counselors or another adult in their life because they might be struggling personally, socially and/or academically.
Any adult from the Bishop Chatard community can refer a student to this program. All referrals, students and action plans adhere to a strict confidentiality policy.
If you have questions or feel you know a student who would benefit from this program, please contact BCHS Bishop Chatard School Counseling Department.
Bishop Chatard’s College Counseling website gathers important information for college-bound students in one convenient website. Information and announcements that will be of interest to freshmen through seniors is compiled in this blog by the school’s college counselor, Pam Nixon.
College visits, SAT and ACT information, scholarship awards and much more is available on the site. A dedicated Senior section provides college information for seniors and parents, helping Bishop Chatard families prepare for the next step in their student’s academic journey.
Career LunchesThroughout the school year, the School Counseling Office, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni, hosts Alumni Career Lunches. Hosted during the lunch period or before school, groups of about 20 students can meet with recent BCHS alumni who discuss their careers and occupations, their college courses and what drew them to their chosen professions. Question and answer sessions help students learn more about a career path that they may be interested in pursuing.
Research demonstrates that a key factor in choosing a profession is exposure to someone who works in that area. Bishop Chatard is excited to offer this opportunity to all students, regardless of grade level, who are thinking about their college and career choices.
Information about Alumni Career Lunches is provided to students via the daily announcements.