Archbishop Ryan High School
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Guidance » Overview


The Guidance Center seeks to help students understand and accept themselves accurately. Counselors encourage students to see the importance of responsible learning m the classes here as a basis for life now and in the future. Guidance assists the students:

  1. to know their abilities, aptitudes, interests, and educational needs
  2. to research educational and career requirements and opportunities
  3. to discern how to grow personally and socially
  4. to learn problem solving, decision making, human relations, and goal-setting skills
  5. to evaluate the impact of school on themselves

Informational Services include resources on the availability of jobs in the workplace and on qualifications for higher education. Upon request, transcripts are issued for a fee if all other financial obligations have been met.

Testing, Measurement, and Appraisal Results are used to give realistic background for personal, academic, and vocational counseling.

Individual Counseling helps students to help themselves. Individuals identify and seek to meet their needs for present and future fulfillment A student is directed in making the transition from high school to college, vocational school, work, or the military services. Teachers and parents participate when appropriate.

Group Counseling is available to students in specific areas: the use of community and home services such as social agencies, courts, young people's organizations, drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Students with low achievement are instructed in Study Skills and may request to be tutored by a member of the National Honor Society.

Shalom, Inc., provides prevention and intervention services concerning drug and alcohol abuse as well as personal development.

CORA provides counseling, educational remediation, and speech services. Referrals are made through the Guidance Director or by calling CORA at 215-6371800 extension 293.

Student Assistance Program (SAP) core team have received training in group process, chemical dependence problems, suicide prevention, symptoms of mental illness. Not a treatment process, SAP identifies and refers students for treatment, recovery, and continuum of care. The team confers with parents and teachers about interventions to help the students.

Confidentiality is an important element of counseling; but when a student's or other's health and/or safety is at stake, a counselor's duty is to reveal information to the appropriate person.

 Attention Seniors:  The National Association for College Admission Counseling released its annual College Openings Update tool that allows counselors and parents to assist students who haven't completed the college application process.  You can sort the colleges easily by state.  As you can see there are still a number of PA colleges that are still eager to accept qualified students.  Here’s the full link: