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Guidance

Bright Futures Begin Here

From the day you arrive on campus to the day you graduate, our renowned guidance program is there for you.

2020-2021 Boston College High School Profile

Whether it’s help selecting courses that match your motivations, or comfort during a challenging personal situation, you will find a wealth of support here.

Our wide-breadth of resources encompass individual and group guidance programs, academic counseling, and mentoring sessions — run by highly qualified, distinguished school counselors in both the high school and Arrupe Division. Experts in their fields, our counselors serve to ignite curiosity, build strengths, and set students up for long-term success.

The whole person approach at BC High shines, perhaps most brightly, in these support systems. We are here, both to lend a hand and to lean on, as often as you need.

In the Arrupe Division, students are championed by advisors and guidance counselors who ensure they are connected and thriving in their new community.

Throughout your time at BC High, our guidance team supports your day-to-day decisions and helps you navigate life’s challenges including one of your first major decisions – Finding The Right College.

 

“I leaned on the Guidance Department a lot during my time at BC High. Mrs. Wilzbach gave me a tremendous amount of support throughout the college process and even just in daily life. She helped me apply to the Vanderbilt University Ingram Scholars Program – where I received a full-tuition scholarship. I continued the strong commitment to service that was instilled in me at BC High by devoting myself to service during college.”

Matt
Class of 2014

“I’m currently in my third year at NYU Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. I had not heard of this university  before my counselor encouraged me to apply, but now I have no regrets about my choice. My parents were hesitant to have me travel so far away, but because my counselor knew me well enough to suggest a university in which I could excel, we were able to convince my parents of its merits. And, yes, the generous scholarship package played a role in the decision.”

Anthony
Class of 2017

“Mr. Ahern advocated for me to get the half-tuition Jesuit scholarship at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. My family has four kids in private school, so we were really grateful to get such a big award at a great school. I’m excited to continue my Jesuit education and I know I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without BC High.”

Luke
Class of 2019
Guidance, For Life

Guidance, For Life

The guidance department is wholly dedicated to your development and care. Our mission is to ensure that each student has what he needs to thrive throughout his education, and develop the skills necessary to fulfill his own unique potential.

Guidance counselors serve as trusted advisors, who know you well. They focus on practical needs on an individual basis, including:

Explaining the course selection process

 

Connecting students to academic support resources

Advising students on student/teacher relationships

Counseling students on peer relationships

Supporting students and families through challenging situations and decisions

Guiding students through the college selection process

Providing career information

Personal Counseling

Personal
Counseling

The Guidance Department also provides personal counseling on a short-term basis to support in problem resolution and enhance self knowledge and acceptance. Should the need for more lengthy or specialized services arise, referrals to outside professionals are available.

Group Guidance

We recognize that your needs in middle school will differ greatly from your needs in high school.


We also realize that as students, you have the ability to act as support systems for one another – whether you know it yet or not.

The Group Guidance program provides social, personal, and academic guidance in a group setting alongside your peers. With groups organized by class, topics are naturally relevant, designed overall to meet you exactly where you are in your journey.

  • Arrupe Division (Grades 7 & 8)

    Arrupe Guidance provides nurturing support for your transition to middle school and the BC High community.  We help you develop the skills necessary for academic and social growth, while creating a foundation for high school and beyond through frequent lessons on adolescent topics.

    Arrupe guidance counselors provide additional support in the following areas:

    • Building self-esteem
    • Developing social skills
    • Establishing academic strategies for success
    • Personal and family challenges
    • Loss
  • Freshman Year

    Your Freshman group sessions assist with the transition into high school. At this stage, we help you develop the skills necessary to perform to the best of your abilities while encouraging self expression and peer support.

    Specific topics include:

    • Bullying
    • Course Selection
    • Diversity Discussions
    • Learning Styles
    • Online Resources
    • Report Card Review
    • Role of a Counselor
    • Standardized Testing Information
    • Stress and Depression
    • Study Skills
    • Substance Abuse
    • Summer Opportunities
    • Survival Tips for Freshman
    • Time Management
    • Tutorial Services

    Freshman group meetings take place weekly, and are led by a guidance counselor.

  • Sophomore Year

    Your Sophomore group sessions are geared toward identifying and clarifying your interests and matching them with potential careers; focusing on self-assessment, education planning, and sources of further career information. Specific topics include:

    • AP and Honors Applications
    • Career Information
    • College Majors
    • Course Selection
    • Healthy Relationships
    • Naviance Introduction
    • Passions and Interest
    • Standardized Testing Information
    • Summer Opportunities

    Sophomore group meetings take place once per cycle during the second semester, and are led by a guidance counselor.

  • Junior Year

    Your Junior group sessions begin the process of looking ahead to college. Here, we focus on finding potential good matches for your individual motivations and the college application process in general. Specific topics include:

    • AP and Honors Applications
    • College Planning Timeline
    • College Search Criteria
    • Course Selection
    • Introduce College Essays
    • Naviance College Readiness Training
    • Online Resources
    • Standardized Testing Information
    • Summer Opportunities
    • Teacher Recommendations Discussion

    Junior group meetings take place once per cycle during the second semester, and are led by a guidance counselor.

  • Senior Year

    Your Senior group sessions are wholly dedicated to helping you manage the college search and application process. Specific topics include:

    • College Essay
    • College Specific Supplements
    • College Visits
    • Common Application
    • Factors in College Admissions
    • Financial Aid
    • Hidden Costs of College
    • Interviews
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Online Resources
    • Sending Transcripts
    • Short Answer Essay
    • Standardized Testing Information
    • Stress Relief / Meditation
    • Transition to College

    Senior group meetings take place during the first semester, and are led by a guidance counselor. In addition to small group discussions, seniors meet individually with their counselor to talk about their individual college plans.

Helping You Go the Distance

Helping You Go the Distance

In addition to the stellar services available through BC High’s Guidance Department, we offer our students even more help designed to complement the support that you already receive from nurturing teachers and guidance counselors. And why not? Occasionally, we all need some extra help.

Academic Counseling

As a student, your aim is to define what success means to you, and achieve it while excelling in a demanding academic environment.

As educators, our mission is to foster those qualities that support your success within all the spheres of BC High—academic, spiritual, and co-curricular.

Swing by the Academic Resource Center, and let us help you reach your mark, both by challenging and supporting you.

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Our services include:
  • Setting personal goals and objectives
  • Teaching self-advocacy skills
  • Instruction in organization, time management, study skills, test preparation, etc.
  • Working one-on-one with National Honor Society Tutors
  • Creating accommodation plans for students with identified learning issues
  • Coordinating educational testing
  • Assistance with applications for accommodations for college entrance exams (SAT, AP, and ACT)

Montserrat Mentor Program

Mentors play an important role in life at BC High. Serving as key figures, they build relationships by offering personalized support in line with healthy whole-person development.


The Montserrat Mentor Program seeks to build a community outside of the classroom by fostering an atmosphere of trust and acceptance and offering you a hand in navigating the many complexities of high school development.

Freshmen and sophomores meet in small groups throughout the school year, while juniors and seniors meet in large, class assembly-style settings.

The goals of the program are to:

Encourage and discuss involvement in a variety of co-curricular activities

Arrange opportunities for healthy peer interaction

Develop and foster greater class identity and spirit

Increase intramural excitement and involvement

Provide institutional accessibility through information sharing and dissemination

Offer practical advice to enhance the overall school experience

Create a forum to discuss significant issues impacting the community

The Montserrat Tradition

Just as St. Ignatius discovered a safe place to begin his perpetual growth, our students are offered the space to examine their unique journeys, and break through their own individual obstacles and walls.

Montserrat is a mountain monastery in Catalonia, Spain—a pivotal stop during St. Ignatius’ conversion and pilgrimage. Here, St. Ignatius surrendered his sword and armor for the pilgrim’s habit and staff. When Ignatius famously laid down his sword at the foot of the Black Madonna, it symbolized the surrender of his old life, along with the obstacles to sainthood.