COUNSELING CORNER

DIRECTOR OF COUNSELING
Rosa Wozab

Junior high and high school, while exciting and wonderful, can be the beginning of a difficult and overwhelming time of life for your child; my role at Eastside Christian Schools is to demystify that process for you by providing parents and students with a road map to help them achieve their goals and begin to discern their God given talents and purpose.  I am blessed that I have the opportunity to establish personal relationships with both parents and students and to individually work with each and every family.

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 Philosophy                    Services                    4 Year Guide

PHILOSOPHY

The counseling department offers academic guidance, support counseling, and Christ-centered programming/services to all students.  We strive to foster programs which enhance faith development and encourage integration of faith in daily living.  We believe integration of faith is integral and necessary as our students grow and develop in academic/educational, college/career, and personal/social domains.  The counseling office is located on the second floor, and I am on campus Monday thru Friday 8:30 – 4:00 p.m.  

 

SERVICES 

Eastside’s counseling office helps our students and their families feel as if they have designed and implemented a direct and appropriate journey for their next academic adventure.  As such, students and their families are asked not to focus too much on what they think or hear “looks good to colleges.” Rather, we encourage students to become fully involved in the academic, social and extracurricular life of Eastside during their four years in upper school and to develop individual interests for which they have a passion. This way, the college process becomes a natural part of a student’s life, and not the all-consuming focus of his or her entire upper school experience.  Services provided to our students are:

  • Individual and spiritual counseling 

  • Four year plans; 

  • Career Search and Career Assessments 

  • Quarter/Semester credit and grade checks; 

  • Assist student with college decision making process, including counseling sessions to help students find a college, university that is right for them 

  • Coordinate and chaperone trips to colleges and universities; 

  • Provide workshops for parents and students to answer questions related to financial aid and filling out the FAFSA in order to receive institutional, state, and federal aid; 

  • Maintain and update the Scholarships Booklet to help with college expenses; 

  • Maintain and update the Volunteer Opportunities Booklet (all students are required to complete fifteen hours per semester; 

  • Workshops for students on the nuts and bolts of the college applications and deadlines; 

  • Counsel students regarding relevant testing (PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, etc)

 

4-YEAR GUIDE THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

FRESHMAN YEAR 

  • Meet and develop a four-year plan (Summer before starting 9th grade)

  • Begin creating a list of awards, honors, community service, and extra-curricular activities.  Continue to add to this list each year and keep it in a folder. (Brag Sheet)

  • It is recommended you set up a college-board account: to begin looking at majors and colleges. (collegeboard.org)

  • Take the PSAT in October

  • If you are college bound start thinking about taking a SAT prep academy.

  • Four-year plan check in the spring.

SOPHOMORE YEAR 

  • Take the PSAT in October

  • Continue adding to your list documenting awards, honors, community, and extra-curricular activities. (Brag Sheet)

  • Get involved (clubs, ASB, etc.)

  • Set up your college board account if you haven’t already done so.

  • Begin to think about colleges you would like to attend and visit colleges (sign up in the counseling office to visit local colleges/universities)

  • Attend college fairs.  College fairs will be posted on the counseling website

  • Four-year plan check in the spring.

  • College bound students may want to consider taking classes at a community college, for college credit.

JUNIOR YEAR 

  • Take the PSAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT and score well may qualify for National Merit Scholars Award and/or scholarship money.

  • Begin thinking about what colleges you would like to attend and visit those campuses.

  • In the spring, take the SAT Reasoning Test and/or the ACT.  UC schools and some private schools recommend you take SAT II Tests for certain majors.  However, it’s optional to take the SAT II Subject Tests but highly recommended.

  • Continue adding to your list documenting awards, honors community service, and extra-curricular activities. (Brag Sheet)

  • Check for scholarships through college board, internet and scholarship book in the counseling office.

  • College bound students may consider taking community college classes, for college credit.

  • Four-year plan check in the spring/ and graduation check.

SENIOR YEAR 

  • Make an appointment to meet with your counselor to get a head start on preparing necessary documents for submitting college applications (July-August)

  • Students heading to vocational school community college, start narrowing down which schools you may want to attend and visit those schools.

  • For students heading toward Fullerton College, take Counseling 100, an introductory Fullerton College class offered to high school students.

  • Students wanting to join the military call a local recruiting office or see your counselor.

  • University bound students, retake SAT and ACT Tests if you want to earn a better score.  Do this by December.  Begin applying to colleges online, some college’s start taking applications in August. Cal State and UC applications are due by November 30.  For private universities, counselor recommendations will be required.  Requests for counselor recommendations should be made two weeks prior to the due date.  Brag sheets should be given to your counselor and teachers who will be writing a letter of recommendation.

  • Throughout the year, check for scholarship opportunities through College Board and the Scholarship book in the counseling center.

ALL FOUR YEARS

  • Check net classroom consistently to stay aware of your grades throughout the school year.

  • Continue to use College Board account and Google to search colleges, vocational schools and/or career interests. These sites can help narrow down a career and/or college with your particular interests.  Check individual college websites as well.

  • Schedule an appointment with your counselor as needed.

  • University bound students, be sure to repeat any courses in which you earned a “D” or “F” grade.  Some are offered in summer school and/or online.  Some are not and will need to be repeated the next school year.  Universities and Colleges require “C” grades or better.

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