The counselors at Notre Dame Preparatory School work with all students individually, in small groups and in classroom settings to help them achieve academic, personal, college and career goals. Counselors also are available to meet with parents and school staff whenever necessary.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM
The middle school guidance counselor meets with the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in a classroom setting each week. The curriculum includes developmentally appropriate discussion topics such as adjustment to middle school, issues of early adolescence, academic support and general concerns. A learning resource specialist supports students who have documented learning disabilities and/or who are experiencing academic difficulties in more than one subject.
UPPER LEVEL PROGRAM
Preparing students and families for the college selection and application process is a four-year process. During the student’s freshman year, she is assigned both an academic/personal counselor and a college counselor who follow her for four consecutive years. This collaborative approach insures that each student has the most comprehensive academic, personal and college preparatory program available in any high school setting. In addition, a learning resource specialist supports students who have documented learning disabilities and/or who are experiencing academic difficulties in more than one subject.
Notre Dame Prep College Counselors work to ensure that NDP students receive the most comprehensive and current guidance regarding the college application and decision process. By attending national professional conferences, seminars and workshops, they are well informed on topics such as financial aid, college admissions and NCAA eligibility standards. They meet regularly with high school counselors from area independent schools sharing information regarding trends in college admissions. During the year, the college counselors frequently visit college admissions offices to discuss current admissions trends, university admissions requirements, D-1 athletics, financial aid resources and scholarship programs.
NDP's college counselors belong to:
- National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC)
- American School Counselors Association (ASCA), and
- Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)
COUNSELING DEPARTMENT RESOURCES
NDP's Guidance Office uses Naviance Succeed, a premier web-based planning and advising system for counselors, teachers and students. Other resources for students include a library of current books, catalogs, and CDs of a number of colleges.