Guidance & Counseling
The Shalom Christian Academy School Counseling Program supports our mission of preparing each student for a life of consequence in the world for the kingdom of God. As a school, Shalom strives to train young people to be equipped for a useful life under the authority of Scriptures and the Lordship of Christ.
- To disciple students, teaching them to obey what Christ taught.
- To lead students into right relationships with God and others.
- To help students to accept themselves and others the way God made them.
- To promote and support students’ social, emotional, and mental health.
- To challenge the students to fully realize God-given potential.
- To teach wise stewardship of time, possessions, and talents.
- To encourage the development of good study habits and life-long learning.
College Night is held annually in September. A college admissions counselor spends an evening with parents and students explaining the college selection and admissions process and financial aid.
College Financial Aid Night is held annually in October or November. A college financial aid expert shares about ways to fund college including grants, scholarships, and loans. The presenter also shares general information about how to complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as well as offering families individualized help with the FAFSA.
The school counselor meets with each senior in the fall of their senior year to discuss post-high school plans. Parents are welcome to be a part of these meetings. Please contact the office if you would like to be a part of the meeting.
The school counselor meets with each junior in December to review their PSAT score reports and in the spring of their junior year to review course selections, credits necessary for graduation, and post-high school plans. The school counselor is available to assist other students with course selection on an individual and group basis.
The school counselor meets with each sophomore in February to plan their courses for 11th and 12th grade and begin the college and career decision process.
Every other year, the high school participates in Career Day, an exciting day where many different people from the community share their career experience.
In the school years that we do not hold Career Day, juniors and seniors participate in Shadow Day. This opportunity gives students first-hand experience in a career in which they are interested. Juniors and seniors have been placed with a wide variety of professionals, including a mortician, a doctor, accountants, engineers, physical therapists, nurses, mechanics, farmers, and much more!
Juniors are required to take the PSAT as preparation for SAT. PSAT results are used to qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The counselor meets with the students individually to review their PSAT results. Sophomores may also take the PSAT.
Individual Counseling: Guidance counselors are available to talk to students in grades Pre K-12 about their academic, social, spiritual, and personal concerns as requested. Appointments can be made through the office, by emailing the counselor or by direct request.
Group Counseling: Sometimes students benefit from being able to talk about a shared issue of concern in a group setting. Possible group topics would include dealing with death or divorce, anger management, study skills or transition to college.
The school counseling office provides information and resources to students regarding various substance abuse and mental health concerns.
Located prominently in the high school hallway, the guidance bulletin board contains information regarding college visits, mission opportunities, SAT dates, and more.
There are various pamphlets, magazines, and books available in the Learning Commons. If there is more than one copy of something, students may take an extra copy.
The school counselor distributes multiple handouts of available local scholarships to seniors. The handout lists scholarship criteria, deadlines, and web addresses for more information.
The school counseling office also produces a monthly newsletter included along with the parent newsletter the first Thursday of each month. Click here to read the latest newsletter.