Counseling Center


Notre Dame School strives to facilitate each young woman’s human, spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth.

Counseling Program:

  1. In keeping with the “family spirit” of Notre Dame, the emphasis of all school counseling services is on the healthy development of each student, academically, emotionally, and socially. This is done, in part, by establishing an environment of closeness and trust among students, school counselors, faculty and administration. In this way all members of the school community provide help, understanding and support to the student.
  2. The Director of School Counseling administers the entire program. The program includes: group guidance classes, personal counseling, academic counseling, career counseling and college advisement.
    1. Group counseling classes address the following topics: adjustment to high school, study skills, career choices, college selections, and financial aid for college, healthy relationships, bullying and self-esteem. In the 11th grade, group classes focus on the college essay, college selection and majors. In the 12th grade, group classes focus on the basics of college applications and financial aid.
    2. Academic and personal counseling is available to all students by appointment.
    3. Notre Dame School reserves the right to refer students to outside counselors when deemed necessary by the school counseling department. In certain cases, such referrals may be required in order for the student to continue at Notre Dame School.
    4. Parent conferences are also part of the school counseling program. Either the school or the parent can initiate these conferences.
    5. The following statewide or nation-wide examinations are administered:
      1. Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam
      2. Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam
      3. Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam
      4. Advanced Placement Spanish Exam
      5. Advanced Placement United States Government Exam
      6. Advanced Placement United States History Exam
      7. Advanced Placement World History Exam
      8. Advanced Placement Environmental Science Exam
      9. Advanced Placement Art HistoryExam
      10. Advanced Placement Studio Art Exam
      11. New York State Regents Examinations according to the courses offered
      12. Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test – 10th and 11th grade students
      13. PSAT 8/9 – 9th Grade Students