Joliet Catholic Academy’s Counseling Department delivers a comprehensive, developmental, results-based school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. In concert with our JCA Mission Statement, the counseling department provides an educational process that calls and challenges all students to be lifelong learners and grow in faith, knowledge, understanding and service.
The Counseling Department consists of three school counselors and a college/career counselor. Students are assigned a school counselor in their freshman year that works with and supports them throughout their four years. School counselors offer individual counseling and deliver a counseling curriculum focused on their students’ growth in three domains: academic, personal/social development, and college/career. The college/career counselor designs and provides resources and curriculum for college/career readiness, collaborates with the school counselor, and works with students and their families throughout the college search and application process. Students begin working with the college counselor during junior year.
Counseling Department Services
JCA school counselors offer individual counseling to oversee their students’ growth in academic, personal/social, and college/career domains over the course of four years. School counselors meet with every student individually at least once each semester.
Academic: Counselors receive academic progress reports and monitor student grades, consult with teachers as needed, and help students set goals and create four-year academic plans.
Personal/Social: Counselors are responsible for responding to the immediate needs of students in crisis, whether due to medical, emotional or
personal difficulty. While maintaining our professional obligation to confidentiality, counselors collaborate with parents, faculty, and
outside clinicians to best support students during these times.
College/Career: Counselors introduce long-term college and career planning with students during freshman and sophomore years; they collaborate with the college counselor, who works with students throughout the college search and application process. Students
begin working with the college counselor during junior year.
Important Couseling Department Policies
1. Professional contact with students is maintained each semester by counselors.
2. A student may request an appointment with a counselor at any time, and it is recommended whenever a student has any concern. A request for an appointment is made with the Counseling Department secretary. Counselors respond to the student-initiated appointments at the earliest possible moment.
3. The Counseling Department will process all requests for official transcripts to be sent to colleges. Students are responsible for completing, signing, and submitting a transcript request form and the appropriate fee before transcripts will be sent. All business accounts with JCA must be current before transcripts can be sent.
4. College Admissions Representatives visit with junior and senior students at JCA in the College/Career Center in the Counseling Department. The schedule of visits are announced in advance at school and via Naviance Family Connection. Juniors and senior students may register for a maximum of five (5) meetings per year through their Naviance Family Connection account or with the Counseling Department Secretary.
5. Two (2) college visit days are permitted for junior and senior students only. After the student has scheduled a visit to a college, he/she must complete and submit a College Visit Day Request Form before the absence for the visit. Forms are located in the Counseling Department. Signatures from teachers, counselor, and parent/guardian are needed before this form can be submitted to the Dean’s Office for attendance purposes. If this procedure is followed, no parent phone calls are necessary on the day of the college visit. No college visit days will be approved during the month of May for seniors.
Counseling Center Resources
- College/Career Center
- Naviance – Connecting Learning & Life. Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and improve student outcomes. Click Here to access Naviance.
- College Admission Representative Visits
- Community resources and referral
- Local Scholarship Database
Transcripts for current students should be obtained from Barb Bertino, Guidance Office Secretary, at 815.741.0500 ext. 267. To download a current students transcript form, please click here.
Counseling Department Office
- Kathy Major, Department Chair and College/Career Counselor, 815.741.0500, ext. 266
- Kris Horn, Counselor for Last Names P-Z, 815.741.0500, ext. 264
- Nick Leonard, Counselor for Last Names Gp-O, 815.741.0500, ext. 265
- Michael Jerger, Counselor for Last Names A-Go, 815.741.0500, ext. 225
- Holly Scordo, Counseling Department Secretary 815.741.0500, ext. 267