The mission of the RHS School CounselingDepartment is to promote a comprehensive developmental program that provides services to students in grades nine through twelve and supports students’ individual academic, social, and personal goals. Our goal is to encourage a positive, safe and healthy learning environment for all our students and at the same time celebrate and appreciate their individual differences. Radnor High School’s ultimate goal is for every student to be challenged and for every student to experience success. This comes from students learning to take responsibility for their education and developing a love for learning. Counselors will provide support in developing a students’ self-advocacy skills, educational and post-high school planning, career awareness, and social/emotional concerns. In addition to meeting with students individually, the School Counseling Department delivers several student and parent programs throughout the school year. Information can be found on the School Counseling Department website, https://www.rtsd.org/domain/185.
School Counseling Services
Personal & Mental Health: School counselors can meet with students to discuss a variety of social/emotional needs. Counselors can assist in making referrals to HS Hope, Radnor High School’s Student Assistance Program. Students may be referred to HS Hope for a variety of reasons including the following: emotional concerns, drug and alcohol concerns, attendance, behavioral concerns, discipline or policy violations, academic concerns, and/or medical concerns. Counselors can also connect students and families to our School Social Worker, Christine Kulp. Mrs. Kulp collaborates with school staff and agency providers. Mrs. Kulp can help connect families to outside community resources.
Freshman Year: Freshman counseling will include an orientation to the High School, introduction to the HS Hope program, small group meetings and individual meetings as needed. An evening program will also be available for freshman parents in January covering the transition to high school and the resources and supports available to students at the High School. Counselors also teach guidance lessons quarterly in 9th grade health classes. These lessons include small group introductions, PSAT review and course selection overview, an introduction to Naviance, our college and career planning resource, and our first career inventory. Freshman will also take the PSAT's in October.
Sophomore Year: Counselors also teach counseling lessons quarterly in 10th grade health classes. These lessons include the Career Interest Profiler, a career inventory; goal setting and course selection; and an overview of testing, including PSAT's, SAT's, ACT's, and AP's. Students will take the PSAT's again in October of sophomore year. In addition, counselor host a sophomore program for parents and students.
Junior Year: Counselors host a Junior College Planning program for parents and students at the beginning of December. Admissions representatives from local colleges will present workshops on a variety of topics, including choosing the right college, what happens in the admissions process, and essay writing. Counselors will meet with parents and students individually to review the college search and application process. Students will take PSAT's again one final time their junior year. Scores from a student’s junior year can qualify them for a National MeritScholarship. Students should also register to take the ACT's, SAT's and any SAT II subject tests that may be required by potential college choices.
Senior Year: Counselors will host a Senior College Application Evening program for seniors and their parents at the beginning of September. We will review all of the pieces of the application process and answer any questions that students and parents may have. Counselors will also meet with all seniors during the first month of the school year to review their individual post-secondary plan. We don’t necessarily meet with everyone, so don’t want to promise that. Maybe replace with: Seniors have the opportunity to meet with their counselor to review their individual plan. Counselors also run Senior Drop In Days throughout the fall, when seniors can have any questions answered regarding their plans or applications. Counselors will continue to be available to seniors throughout the school year to answer questions and provide support as they make decisions about their post-High School plans.
Resources for Students and Parents:
A college and career internet-based tool students use research colleges, compare their academic standing and admissibility, complete career assessments, and facilitate the college application process. In the sophomore year, students obtain training and established their accounts. In addition, parents are given information on setting up a parent account.
School Counseling Department Websitehttps://www.rtsd.org/domain/185
A comprehensive guide to services, dates and times of programs, contact information for counselors, junior and senior “to-do” lists and timelines, college and career resources.
Junior Post-High School Planning Meeting
Parents are invited in the month of December to schedule an appointment to join their child to discuss post-high school and college planning. Junior planning meetings are conducted from December to June based on student readiness.
Over 150 college and university representatives visit the Student Services Center each fall. This is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to attend an information session, meet the college representative, ask questions about the admission process and learn about the campus. It is also an excellent way to gain information about a college when a trip to the campus itself is not possible. This resource is for students only.
Each incoming freshman class is divided alphabetically into five groups, with each group assigned to a counselor. Counselors work directly with that group of students from the beginning of their freshman year through graduation. Our goal is to provide each and every student with comprehensive guidance and counseling that reflects their individual needs, supporting students to achieve their academic and personal goals. Throughout the year, counselors meet with students individually, in small groups and in the classroom to assist with:
- Academic advising including course selection, scheduling, and academic support (see here for more information on academic support available in school)
- Social and emotional counseling including peer relationships, stress management, conflict resolution and crisis intervention
- Career exploration using tools on Naviance as well as community resources
- Post-secondary planning, beginning with the initial search through the application and acceptance process
Evening Programs for Parents & Students
September Senior College Planning Night
December Junior College Planning Night
February Freshmen Parent Check-In
March Preparing Students with Learning Differences for College
April Sophomore Career Planning and Standardized Testing Overview
Student Services Department
The district employs seven school psychologists with extensive experience in assisting students. Additional psychologists are also available should the need arise. Parents and students seeking additional resources, including contact information for various helplines, can visit the Student Services section of the website.