School counseling staff promotes the mission of the Aberdeen Catholic School System by “Instilling Catholic values and promoting academic excellence by nurturing the mind, body and soul.”

Services provided by the counseling staff include, but are not limited to, promoting:

  • Academic Success through academic advising, ACT prep, dual credit, CTE (career and technical education) and post-high school planning opportunities through classroom guidance, individual counseling, partnering with teachers,parents and community stakeholders.  The school counselor believes that every student can be academically successful and serves as a student advocate through serving on IEP and 504 teams.
  • Personal/Social wellness by providing prevention education and responsive services. In addition to individual and group counseling, school counselors partner with Campus Ministry and Administration to promote students’ making healthy, happy, holy life choices. Counselors provide classroom guidance, teach Life Skills for junior high students and foster a TOP 20 school culture. Counselors help students and parents make connections with community mental health services. 
  • Career Exploration through classroom guidance using XELLO(formerly SDmylife), individual counseling, promotion of job shadowing and internship experiences and career fairs.

The American School Counselor Association’s three domains promote mindsets and behaviors that enhance the learning process and create a culture of college and career readiness for all students. Activities and curriculum are based on needs assessment, data collection and student-learning goals and objectives. 

Students may access counseling services through referrals from parents, trusted adults, teachers, administration, friends and self.

School counseling staff are members of South Dakota School Counseling Association and the American School Counseling Association.  They are licensed through the SD Department of Education and participate in continuing education.