School Counseling

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.


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School Counseling

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.

Academic Support

Beth Brogan, Academic Support Director

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.

Go to our Academic Support Page

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 prior to the start of the school day, from 7:20 to 7:50, or they can take advantage of National Honor Society tutoring or Study Tables during homeroom or after school.
For more information, students are encouraged to look at the options detailed on the Tutoring page or talk with a school counselor.

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Mental Health Counseling

Laura Gorr, BCHS Mental Health Counselor

Bishop Chatard mental health counselor, Laura Gorr, 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. She provides a safe place for students to discuss problems, while building resiliency factors so students are less likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors.


Office hours for Mrs. Gorr are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays all day. Her office is in the main office area, next to Mr. Reilly’s office. She can also be reached via email,, or by phone, 317-251-1451, Ext. 2273.

Services Provided

  • 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 Mental Health Counselor

Parents, guardians, school staff and students may refer someone to Mrs. Gorr. Please be aware that students may refer themselves to her without prior consent of a parent or guardian.

Parental Notification
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 mental health counselor may meet with the student one time without parental or guardian consent to assess the situation.

Some common reasons for referral are:

  • Sudden changes in academics/behavior
  • Anxiety/Depression/Anger management
  • Peer pressure and friendships
  • Family issues
  • Grief/loss
  • Substance abuse
  • Social skills
  • Self-esteem

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.

The Student Assistance team meets bi-weekly or more often, when necessary, to discuss concerns for a student and to create an action plan focused on assisting that student in overcoming obstacles and reaching his/her potential. The team is comprised of Bishop Chatard staff members from the administrative team.

Program referrals

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 Social Worker, Laura Gorr, at, or 317-251-1451 Ext. 2273. Her office is in the main office area, across from Mr. Reilly’s office.

College Counseling

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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.

College visits, SAT and ACT information, scholarship awards and much more is available to help students and parents alike prepare for the next step in their student’s academic journey.

Visit the College Counseling Website

Career Lunches

Throughout 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.

Monica Helfrich
Monica Helfrich

Director of Counseling, Counselor Grades 9-12: A-D
317-251-1451, ext 2258

Abbey Saurine
Abbey Saurine

College Counselor: Grades 9-12

Michelle Wilson
Michelle Wilson

School Counselor, Grades 9 – 12: E-Me
317-251-1451, ext 2244

Sami Katra
Sami Katra

School Counselor, Grades 9-12: Mi-Z


317-251-1451, ext 2257

Beth Brogan
Beth Brogan

Director of Academic Support
317-251-1451, ext 2252

Laura Gorr
Laura Gorr

Mental Health Counselor
317-251-1451, ext 2273

Ame Alerding
Ame’ Alerding

Registrar/Counseling Assistant
317-251-1451, ext 2227

The Guidance FAX NUMBER is 317-254-2263.
For general Counseling Department questions, feel free to email

Bishop Chatard’s IDOE College & Career Readiness Score was 78.8% for the 2020-2021 school year. (The state average was 68.1%).

College and career readiness measures whether students are prepared for postsecondary life by achieving college or career credentials while still in high school. College or career credentials include successful completion of an approved industry certification; successful completion of at least three hours of college-level courses; a passing score on an Advanced Placement exam; or a passing score on the International Baccalaureate exam. Graduates in the most recently finalized cohort enrolled in the school are included when reporting college and career readiness information.

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