Mrs. Karen Sawvel
West Carroll High School Counselor
500 Cragmoor Avenue
Savanna, IL 61074
815-273-7715 ext. 714
Welcome to the WCHS Counseling Department !!! The mission is to serve our students and promote academic achievement, career development, and personal and social growth. The counseling team is dedicated to each student and works collaboratively with parents, teachers, staff and administration to provide a positive school atmosphere.
The Professional School Counselor at West Carroll High School believes:
· Professional School Counselors are an intricate support to the overall academic success of our students.
· All students have intrinsic value.
· Education is a shared responsibility of the school, student, family and community.
· Our school counseling program is student-centered.
· An effective school counseling program includes and provides resources, information and support services required for academic success, social/emotional development, and career exploration that leads to appropriate post high school decision making.
The high school counselor is available to help students in the following areas:
1. ACADEMIC COUNSELING
The counselor will keep a detailed record of every student’s academic progress toward graduation. The counselor will give assistance in course selection and planning toward a student’s vocational and/or educational goals. Each student will have at least one conference with his/her counselor per academic school year to review his/her educational plan and select classes.
2. VOCATIONAL COUNSELING
The counselor will assist students in college and vocational school selection; choosing college majors, disseminating financial aid information; and processing applications for colleges, vocational schools, and scholarship programs. Every ninth grade student will take the EXPLORE assessment and every tenth grade student will take the PLAN assessment. These tests will assist students in formulating a four and three year plan based on information gathered from interest inventories, career exploration, career choices and achievement scores. The counselor will follow up on this program of study as he/she counsels with students throughout their high school career.
3. PERSONAL COUNSELING
The counselor is available to help students with their personal and social needs. The counselor, school social worker and the school nurse are qualified to make referrals to different community service providers and to develop support groups at the high school.
The counselor at WCHS will assist any student as the need arises. Parents are encouraged to be involved with their students’ education. The counselor is available to speak with parents during normal school hours and/or by special appointment. Parents are asked to call their student’s counselor for an appointment.