School Counseling Services

St. Elizabeth School Counseling

Our school counselors provide comprehensive services to promote academic growth, social/emotional well-being, and readiness for college and career. The school counselors also provide education and information to support student mental health and equipped to provide appropriate resources and referrals if needed. The counseling department has an open-door policy, and students are encouraged to visit as needed. Effective counseling relies on building trust and consistency in the counselor/student relationship, therefore students are assigned counselors who remain with them from freshman year through graduation. 

Some functions of the School Counseling Department include:

  • Classroom lessons and seminars
  • Individual meetings with each student
  • Small-group/peer interventions
  • Whole-school assemblies for students, staff, and parents
  • Academic planning and course scheduling
  • Short-term counseling, information, and resources to support mental health
  • Consultation with teachers, parents, staff, and outside agencies
  • Administering PSAT and AP exams
  • Facilitating college and career research, exploration, and development 
  • Managing the college application process 
  • Crisis response
  • Interpreting Education/Psychological evaluations and developing learning profiles for students with identified needs

We recognize the diversity in individual learning styles and make it a priority to empower students to become self-sufficient, successful learners.

School Counselors

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Joanne Gibbons

    Joanne Gibbons 

    School Counselor, Coordinator of Scholastica
  • Photo of Jenna Rigby

    Jenna Rigby 

    School Counselor
  • Diaonne Taylor 

    School Counselor

The Scholastica Program

The Scholastica Program strives to educate all students in a caring and supportive environment that is respectful of and conducive to individual learning differences in order to prepare them for a life of continuing education, service to others, and growth in spirituality that reflects St. Elizabeth's commitment to the Catholic faith, tradition, and Benedictine charism.

This program outlines best practices for creating positive learning environments that address individual learning styles through differentiated teaching strategies, such as:
  • Equitable opportunities for academic success
  • Flexibility within the classroom environment
  • Varied teaching approaches
  • Simple and intuitive lessons that are reliable and academically challenging
  • Tolerance for error that allows students to learn at their own pace
  • Accommodated effort to increase attention and decrease cognitive fatigue