Guidance & Counseling

The SCA School Counseling Program supports the mission of Shalom Christian Academy to prepare 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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

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 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.

PLANNING

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.

 

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 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.

 

Every other year, the high school participates in Career Day, an exciting day where many different people from the community share their career experience. For Career Day during the 2014-2015 school year, we hosted 25+ career presenters in February. We began the day with a keynote address by Shalom alumnus Brett Myers. Brett has built a successful career as a Christian illusionist and shared profound insights into how God leads us. Our closing keynote was given by Darren Brown, Mayor of Chambersburg. He shared crucial information about the local job market.

 

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.

COUNSELING

Individual Counseling: The counselor is available to talk to students in grades K-12 about their academic, social, spiritual, and personal concerns as requested. Appointments can be made through the office, by e-mailing 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.

LEARNING

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.

 

National Honor Society
The SCA Chapter of the National Honor Society is advised by the guidance counselor. The selection process is found in our bylaws and is published here: SCA Chapter of the NHS Bylaws.

COLLEGE SEARCHES

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

www.campustours.com
www.fafsa.ed.gov
www.petersons.com
www.iefa.org (for International Students)
www.collegenet.com
www.edupass.org (for International Students)
www.educationplanner.com

 

REGISTER FOR SAT & ACT

www.virtualjobshadow.com
www.collegeboard.com SAT
www.bls.gov/oco
www.actstudent.org

 

SCHOLARSHIP SEARCHES

www.bigfuture.org
www.fastweb.com
www.college.gov
www.schoolsoup.com
www.scholarship-page.com
www.educationplanner.com
www.petersons.com
www.meritaid.com
www.tfec.org/tfec-scholarships/scholarships-overview/