The Guidance Department provides guidance to young women in keeping with the Christian standards of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, mindful of the absolute dignity and equality of all. MSJA, as an all-women's college preparatory school, offers academic advising as part of the holistic perspective.
Guidance encompasses the utilization of technological resources for career/college exploration. In accordance with the school's mission statement, the counselors advise students spiritually, emotionally and socially in order to promote optimal student development.
Counselors act as facilitators for the delivery of individual and group guidance and personal problem resolution in order to foster growth as a young woman in today's society. Through the Guidance Department, a student is empowered to expand her horizons both in the classroom as well as the global community.
The purpose of the Guidance Department is to foster social, educational, personal, career and Christian development for each student. During freshman year, the girls are assigned the same guidance counselor for four years. Guidance counselors aim to create a supportive environment, which will maintain a rapport with the students. While guidance counselors will schedule appointments with their students, the girls are encouraged to seek out counselors when needed. Guidance counselors work with students and families when choosing appropriate outside services when needed. In addition, an academic coach and the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit are available on site providing personal counseling and remedial academic assistance.
Due to the Mount focus on college and career preparation, the Guidance Department assists student through this process. Discussion about colleges and careers begin sophomore year in a Guidance curriculum course. Students are provided various tools such as Naviance, to facilitate the decision making process. This discussion continues into Junior and Senior as the girls start to solidify their ideas, apply to colleges, narrow down their career interest, and ultimately choose where to continue their education.