St. Patrick Catholic School Counseling Program Vision
The vision of the St. Patrick Counseling program is for students to develop a growth mindset that is based on the willingness to learn new ideas and develop resiliency to overcome challenges.
St. Patrick Catholic School Counseling Program Mission
The mission of the St. Patrick Counseling Department is to provide support and services for all students as well as reduce any issues or barriers to learning in order for students to reach their fullest potential. I also advocate for a school environment that embodies unconditional regard and a diverse set of opportunities for students to become effective learners.
What do school counselors do?
School counselors are educators with a school counseling certification. They focus on the social/emotional, academic, and career development of students by implementing a program that promotes success within the school setting for all students, regardless of their needs. To learn more about the role of school counselors, please visit the following link: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/parents-public
Are you concerned about your student and think they need an appointment with Mrs. Garcia, our school counselor? Use this link to express your concern.
Students can request appointments by using this link.
Professional Counseling and Mental Health Resources:
In the case of an emergency, please call 911.
- Be Well Counseling and Consulting – (517) 526-3787
- Ionia County Community Mental Health (The Right Door) – (616) 517-1790
- Bess Starkweather (Four Health Family Resource Center) – (616) 642-6466
- Catholic Charities of West Michigan in Ionia – (616) 522-0836 or (866) 271-6796
- Inner Access Therapy Center – (616) 527-2619
- Journey’s Counseling Center – (616) 523-9031
- Viewpointe Counseling – (616) 523-6537
- Clinton County Counseling Center – (989) 224-6729 or (888) 800-1559
- Ele’s Place Bereavement Support – (517) 482-1315 or (616) 301-1605
- Grand Ledge Counseling Center – (517) 627-8357
- Forest View Hospital – (616) 942-9610
- Pine Rest Crisis Unit – (616) 455-9200
Child Abuse / Neglect
- Children’s & Adult Protective Services – (855) 444-3911
- The National Hopeline Network – (800) 784-2433
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – (800) 273-8255
- Call (855) 565-2729
- Text (652729)
- Email OK2SAY@mi.gov
High School Planning by Year
- Take the PreACT
- Participate in extracurricular activities, sports, and community service
- Create your 4 year plan
- Take the PreACT
- Tour the Heartlands Career Center programs
- Continue participation in extracurricular activities, sports, and community service
- Prep for the ACT
- Take the ACT
- SAT prep (optional)
- Take the SAT (optional)
- If you are not happy with your ACT or SAT scores, you are able to retake. See Mrs. Garcia for options.
- Go on college visits (2 are allowed during school during junior year)
- Attend job shadows (2 are allowed during school during junior year)
- Attend the College Fair in Belding
- Find your best fit major
- Research colleges, trade schools, and military options
- Research careers
- Apply to college or trade school (by Halloween)
- Keep track of your accomplishments, awards, and extracurricular activities
- Ask teachers, counselor, or coaches for letters of recommendation
- Go on college visits (2 are allowed during the first semester of senior year)
- Attend job shadows (2 are allowed during the first semester of senior year)
- Fill out your FAFSA (October 1st to March 1st)
- Apply for scholarships (all year…fill out as many as possible!)
College Application Checklist
- Introduce yourself to Common App at https://www.commonapp.org/ and use it as a resource for college applications. Some applications may be directly through their school website.
- Request recommendation letters from teachers, counselor, or coaches.
- Apply to your colleges of choice by Halloween.
- Request transcripts through parchment.com
- Send your ACT scores using actstudent.org
- Send your SAT scores (if you have them) using collegeboard.org
- Complete the FAFSA at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa by March 1st.
- College decision deadline: May 1st
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Many scholarships are available through the specific college you are applying to. Please conduct a thorough online search of possible scholarships as there are numerous out there. There will also be scholarship applications available through our school. Those will be posted here when information becomes available.
Elementary and Middle School
- DIBELS throughout the year
- MAPS in the fall and spring
- More information can be found on the following page: https://portlandstpats.com/school/home/academics/standardized-testing/
Freshmen and Sophomores
- PreACT (date TBA)
- ACT: February 25, 2020
College Athletic Eligibility
Are you interested in playing college sports?
Division I or Division II
Per the NCAA Eligibility Center, “you need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school.” Use the link below for a Division I or II school.
Division III or Undecided
If you are interested in competing in a Division III school or are unsure of your college decision and know you want to compete, you can create an account at the link below.
If your college of choice is a NAIA school rather than a Division I, II, or III school, you can create an account at the link below.