Student Services & Counseling

Counseling Services

The Josephinum Academy Student Services and Counseling Department provides academic and emotional support to enable Josephinum students’ current and future success. The department provides a comprehensive counseling program that attends to the personal-social, academic, and college and career planning needs of all students. Services include individual and small group counseling, academic support, crisis intervention, and post-secondary planning. 


Each student's needs are proactively evaluated based on the MTSS Framework.  Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) refers to a systemic, prevention-focused framework for addressing student Social and Academic needs through the integration and continuous improvement of systems and services. Students are assessed and monitored to collect necessary data. Based on the collected data, the MTSS team makes educational decisions about the intensity and duration of interventions. Students receive interventions based on the following tiers:

  • Tier I: Encompasses the entire school with core instructions and basic interventions such as core academic and SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) curriculum

  • Tier II: Involves small groups. Students here receive extra assistance in meeting Social-Emotional and Academic goals

  • Tier III: Here students receive intensive Academic or Social-Emotional interventions on a one-on-one basis or in small group direct instruction. 

Advisory and SEL

Our school day will have Advisory sessions on scheduled class days. During advisory, students will check in with their advisors, counselors, and also their peers. Besides being able to discuss matters relating to classes, schedules, and educational choices, these sessions will also provide a way to work through social and emotional questions students may be facing during our current world and citywide issues.

We are introducing an SEL (Social Emotional Learning) advisory curriculum that aligns with the CASEL framework. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based SEL. Research shows that SEL not only improves achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, but it also increases prosocial behaviors (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students (Durlak et al., 2011). Students will learn the five key skills for success as outlined by CASEL: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making.

Team-Based Approach

The Student Services & Counseling Department utilizes a number of important relationships to best serve each Jo girl. 

Counselor-Student Relationship
Each student is assigned to a counselor upon entering Josephinum Academy. Counselors seek to develop a trusting and caring relationship with students in order to help them develop emotionally and academically.

Counselor-Parent Relationship
Parents are both welcome and encouraged to call or email counselors to work together to provide for the student.

Counselor-Teacher Relationship
The counselor serves as the student’s advocate without violating confidentiality. The counselor works with teachers to enhance the student’s learning environment.

Important Processes and Forms

The counseling department coordinates individual, group, and crisis management counseling services. Parents and students can use this form to request an appointment with their counselor. The counselor then schedules an appointment with the student.

Academic Support

Through the MATTS system, IEP and 504 documentation and constant communication between student, teacher and counselor, academic needs are quickly assessed and addressed to ensure student success. For students requiring more consistent support, the Sophie Scholars program offers more individualized accommodations and oversight. 

Sophie Scholars

The goal of the Sophie Scholars Program is to provide structured support for our students with identified learning differences so that they are appropriately prepared to meet the demands of our challenging academic program. In doing so, the Sophie Scholars Program will provide students with the opportunity to acquire the learning strategies, organizational skills, study habits, executive functioning skills, and self-advocacy skills necessary to grow as confident learners in the general education classroom. Sophie Scholars are enrolled in their freshmen year in the Foundations of Humanities and Mathematics course. The course is designed to develop, strengthen, and improve skills for positive academic performance and achievement.

Post-Secondary Planning 

The College Counseling Office at Josephinum Academy provides personalized college and career-planning guidance to help upperclassmen understand their options and to guide them through the necessary steps to determine - then achieve - their goals. 

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Visit out College Counseling page for more details and additional resources.