Each student meets individually with a guidance counselor who is available to help the student identify, compensate for, or eliminate problems that inhibit academic progress, and to discuss personal issues that may be of immediate concern. In addition, counselors meet with all students once per cycle in Guidance Groups. These groups are semi-structured, psycho-educational groups that address issues relevant to the academic, social, and psychological development of our students, such as study skills, coping with stress, dating and relationships, and substance abuse issues. Students may also meet with the Counseling Consultant who is available for students, parents, and faculty to address better an individual student’s needs. Support groups are occasionally convened to address specific needs identified within the student body, such as dealing with divorce, healthy eating and nutrition, substance abuse, identity concerns, and loss and grief issues.
At Loyola, the “mentor system” is an integral part of the guidance program. The mentor serves as a teacher-advisor for a small group of students, and in formal and informal ways, should help the students consider the alternatives, implications, and consequences of their decisions. The mentor’s first concern is in helping his or her “mentees” integrate into the school community through the contribution of their individual talents and through participation in activities sponsored by Loyola.
Peers also provide personal support, education, and interventions through the “Peer Leadership Program.” The student members of the team are seniors who meet regularly with small groups of freshmen. The purpose of the meetings is to help freshman students better adjust to high school life at Loyola on all levels – academic, personal, and social.