Duchesne is firmly committed to the growth and development of its students. The counselor to student ratio at Duchesne averages 1:100, less than half the suggested ratio of the American School Counselor Association.
Acknowledging that adolescence is a period of substantial growth in all areas, Duchesne offers students access to a counselor in each of the guidance domains.
Additionally, your daughter will have a faculty advisor who will help her plan her course of study and provide encouragement throughout her four years at Duchesne. Duchesne students can also rely on upper-class students for encouragement through our Nests and Peer Facilitating programs. The Nests program ensures each freshman and transfer student has group, consisting of members from each class, on whom she can rely to help her find her classes and feel at home on campus.
Students at Duchesne Academy are encouraged to become independent learners who are self-aware and able to express their academic needs. Most academic support is provided through classroom differentiation and personal attention from faculty. Students make appointments to see their teachers during free periods, break, lunch, before school, and after school. When additional support is necessary, the Academic Counselor will assist in determining a course of action.
The Academic Counselor:
- Assists students in identifying their learning strengths
- Coordinates NHS Peer Tutoring program
- Helps students interpret standardized test results
- Offers strategies for academic success
- Supports students with learning needs
- Teaches study skills in Freshman Seminar
- Works with students individually and in groups
For more information contact:
Discover Your Path: College Counseling at Duchesne Academy
At Duchesne Academy, we're committed to guiding our students towards their future aspirations. Our comprehensive college counseling resources provide personalized support, expert guidance, and invaluable resources to help our young women navigate the college application process with confidence. Unlock your potential and achieve your dreams with our dedicated College Counseling Program.
Meet the College Counselor
The College Counseling Program at Duchesne is rooted in Goal V of the Sacred Heart Goals– Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom. It is of the utmost importance that students lead their college search, making decisions about where they go and taking ownership of their admission and scholarship applications.
The department’s ultimate goal is to find a school for every student that will set her up for success. There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States! Keep in mind that means there are probably several schools that will be a good match. The Duchesne philosophy is to encourage students to have lots of options on the table and discern a school that is a good fit academically, financially and personally.
The college counselor visits with students during freshman and sophomore class meetings to discuss standardized testing and answer questions about planning but the formal college counseling begins in Junior year and continues into Senior year. During these classes, they discuss every aspect of the college application process including scholarships and financial aid. Students will use the SCOIR platform to manage college and scholarship searches and keep track of their applications.
Here are some helpful things you can do as a parent:
- Be aware of the critical calendar and remind your daughter of pending deadlines.
- Encourage your daughter to communicate with me regularly and to visit with the college representatives when they come to Duchesne.
- Remind your daughter that she will be successful no matter which college she attends.
Duchesne’s Personal Counselor provides short-term counseling in individual and small-group settings, makes referrals to appropriate school and community resources, and collaborates with families, teachers, administrators, and other school staff for student achievement and success. The Personal Counselor also:
- teaches Health classes to sophomores
- trains peer-facilitators and oversees the program with freshmen
- moderates HOPE club (Healthy Optimism & Positive Environments)
- monitors wellness trends among teenage girls and identifies necessary interventions for the Duchesne students
- maintains relationships with support services in the Omaha metro area to help families connect with needed services
- acts as liaison with Catholic Charities therapists offering on-site services to Duchesne students
For more information contact:
Krissy Walsh, LMHP, A05