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Guidance and Counseling Services

The mission of the Marian Catholic Guidance and Counseling Department is to provide a developmental program that will facilitate and support the educational achievement of all students. Our program focuses on personal development, academic success, and postsecondary planning. Our goal is to promote students’ sense of responsibility personally, socially, and academically, so that students can work toward their full potential. The guidance program works in conjunction with other school personnel, programs and community resources. 


We believe the implementation of a planned systematic program ensures each student can develop his/her individual potential in three specific areas: academic, career, and personal/social development. As school counselors, we envision the guidance department being an integral part of the educational program that is aimed to assist students in their preparation for becoming successful and productive members of a changing society. As counselors, we function in a number of different capacities including: counselor, consultant, teacher, manager and role model. We will work to provide advocacy, leadership, collaboration and systemic change to the school community.  

We collaborate in conjunction with teachers, administrators, parents and community members to assist students in achievement of their goals. We do not make decisions for students, but help them acquire facts and ideas to make decisions.


This special program is for seniors, designed to focus on a different situation each quarter. This program was developed to offer our students an additional opportunity to be successfully accepted into colleges. 

  • Quarter1: Every senior creates their Common Application and essay under the guidance of Mrs. Dunn-Updegrave, who then read the seniors' outlines and rough drafts. Each final essay is read at least twice before being uploaded. Additional help for specific essays is also offered. 

  • Quarter 2: Every MCHS senior is required to apply for two scholarships that are assigned by Mrs. Dunn-UpdegraveStudents must also locate and apply to two additional scholarships that are suitable for them. For instance, a scholarship that is specific to the school they are attending, activities they participated in, awards they have received, etc. 

  • Quarter 3: A student will learn how to become their own advocate (how to navigate college, health and wellness issues, tech school, and real world circumstances).

  • Quarter 4: Students will review professional attitudes, Marian traditions and values, and real world scenarios.

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