The Counseling and Guidance program at Holy Redeemer is comprehensive and developmental in scope based on an Archdiocesan curriculum and the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) national standards and competencies. All programs are in alignment with the Catholic Faith. Components focus on academic, personal, and social development, career awareness, and/or personal growth and responsibility toward self and others. These areas are addressed through classroom guidance, small group counseling, individual student sessions, parent consultations, faculty collaboration, and school and community programming. Holy Redeemer has a full-time Licensed Professional Counselor that works with all students across grade levels in classroom, group, and individual settings.
Saint Families are designed to create a greater sense of community among the student body. By matching students across grade levels, students in different levels have a chance to get to know one another, make younger-older student connections, and have opportunities to work together.
Saint Family activities occur about once a month for 30-60 minutes. Some activities are service-oriented (Service From the Heart, cards for veterans, clergy or the sick), some faith-oriented (liturgies and prayer), and others are team-building (just for fun).
Each Saint Family has been assigned a staff mentor. Mentors monitor the activity allowing staff to get to know those students outside their classroom. Eighth grade students are our activity leaders.
Virtue of the Month
Virtue of the Month is a school-wide faith-based character education program. Holy Redeemer utilizes the Virtues in Practice program developed and shared by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. Practical applications of the monthly virtue as well as a saint who exemplifies the virtue are discussed. The monthly newsletter has information for parents describing the Virtue of the Month, its meaning, a Saint connection, a family prayer, and examples of how to reinforce the Virtue at home. Students are encouraged to put into practice the Virtue of the month at home and at school, in action and in prayer.
At the end of each month teachers nominate students (one per homeroom) who have been observed in exemplifying the Virtue of the month. These students are recognized during Friday Mass by the principal and receive a signed certificate.