At Holy Names, our full-time school counselor plays such an important role in the commitment we’ve made to care for our students – in body, mind, and spirit. Our entire Counseling program exists to bring balance into our academic and spiritual base. We want to do all we can to help each student develop a strong and healthy emotional framework for her life.
We are, first and foremost, responsive to individual needs and concerns. But we also provide group and classroom activities. We’re here to help all of our students in dealing with real problems, like peer pressure. We’re also here to help them become good decision makers, confident individuals, and happy, productive learners.
New students get extra attention. We want to have the period of adjustment go as smoothly and quickly as possible.
A guidance counselor can also assist parents who want to improve the parent-child relationship, and achieve greater understanding of the social-emotional needs and developmental changes of adolescent girls.
Our faculty and administration also call upon the expertise of Guidance to better understand student behavioral concerns and address individual student needs.
As with the mission and charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names, there is emphasis on social justice issues locally, nationally and worldwide. AHN holds a service day for middle school students and a retreat day for each high school grade.
Wellness at Holy Names
Our commitment to the education of the whole person includes a strong emphasis on health and wellness. When students function at their highest level –physically and emotionally, as well as intellectually — we know they’re much more ready to take part in all the educational, recreational, and spiritual opportunities we have here for them.
Our Health & Wellness Office is staffed by a registered nurse who serves as both a nurse and an educator. She’s an expert in the development of adolescent girls, and is a comprehensive resource for us:
- Recommending health treatments
- Modifying health practices and educational programs, when students need that extra help
- Providing in-service training to all our staff on health and wellness issues
- Implementing programs that enhance the health and well-being of our school community, such as the annual Wellness Fair and Red Cross Blood Drive.