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School Counseling Support Services

At R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts (grades 9-12), the Counselor, College Career Specialist, and School Social Worker’s role is to support students through their post-secondary plans.  We promote and enhance the learning process as the students navigate their high school careers and plan for life after graduation.  The School Counselor meets with each student every year to review academic progress and concerns.  Both School Counselor and College and Career specialist make classroom visits to facilitate student success planning workshops with each grade. 
 

The School Counselor and Social Worker are available for help with both social and emotional needs.

SCHOOL COUNSELING SUPPORT SERVICES BY GRADE LEVEL

EIGHTH GRADE SERVICES

Shadow a Kinsella Student – Students from various schools entering grades 3 - 12 are welcome to shadow a student in their grade for a half day.

Step Up Day – Is an opportunity for all 8th graders at the K-8 middle school to visit Kinsella’s High School for the day and meet with their prospective Performing Arts Teachers. 

Summer Bridge Program – Is a summer enrichment program designed to transition middle school students to high school before the school year begins, providing them an opportunity to get a head start building relationships with their teaches and peers.

Class Registration – In the spring the high school Counselor meets with 8th grade teachers, PA teachers and Language Arts teachers, to review freshman year placement.    

 

FRESHMAN YEAR SERVICES

Student Success Planning - Students are introduced to Naviance, a comprehensive college and career readiness tool for middle and high schools to help them align their strengths and interests to post-secondary goals.

College & Career Readiness Field Trips – In the Winter, freshman and sophomore classes visit a College or University located in Connecticut.   An important aspect of KMSPA college tours include a college-level artistic production performed by students currently attending the school, followed by lunch in the school’s dining hall, and tour of the college's Fine Arts facilities.

Class Registration – In the Spring, freshman meet with their Counselor one on one to build their course schedule for next year.

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR SERVICES

Student Success Planning – Students continue their success planning through Naviance, completing interest, personality inventories to highlight their skills and identify their strengths for college and career selection.

In-class Workshops - are provided by the guidance team to enhance the student understanding of:

1.  Transcript information

2.  Scholarship search techniques 

3.  Appropriate course selection

4.  PSAT/SAT/ACT information

College & Career Readiness Field Trips – In the Winter, freshman and sophomore classes visit a College or University located in Connecticut.   An important aspect of KMSPA college tours include a college-level artistic production performed by students currently attending the school, followed by lunch in the school’s dining hall, and tour of their Fine Arts facilities.

Class Registration – In the Spring, sophomores meet with their Counselor one on one to build their course schedule for next year.

 

JUNIOR YEAR SERVICES

Student Success Planning – By Junior year, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of career paths that meet their skill sets and interest while identifying the post-secondary steps needed to achieve their career paths through the use of their ongoing experience using Naviance. 

Students will then begin creating their prospective college lists through Naviance.  Students will continue to meet with their School Counselor and College and Career Specialist for assistance.

College Recruitment Visits – During the Fall semester College Admission Representatives, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines Corp and U.S. Army Recruiters visit Kinsella to meet with interested students.

College Admissions Testing - The PSAT, is a practice SAT designed for 11th graders, and is offered once a year in October. All juniors are encouraged to take this exam.

Connecticut SAT School Day – The SAT will be administered during the school day in March to all 11th grade students in all public schools in Connecticut.  The CT State Board of Education has adopted the SAT as the statewide assessment in lieu of the Smarter Balanced Assessment previously taken by 11th grade public school students. 

College & Career Readiness Field Trips – In the Spring the junior class attends the Hartford National College Fair

Junior College Planning Night for students and parents - This evening event is facilitated toward the end of the student’s junior year.  During this evening, students and parents are given a very thorough overview of post-high school educational preparation. Information will be provided on state college requirements, community colleges, and private schools.

Class Registration – In the Spring, juniors meet with their Counselor one on one to build their course schedule for next year.

 

SENIOR YEAR SERVICES

Student Success Planning – By senior year, students will begin to fine tune and/or narrow down their prospective college lists after receiving their SAT scores, through Naviance.  Once their college list is completed students can begin to request transcripts and letters of recommendation through their list of colleges on Naviance.

College & Career Readiness Field Trips – In the Fall, seniors will have an opportunity to participate in an two-day, overnight college tour in the surrounding Tri-state area, and attend a College Fair hosted at a neighboring school.

College Recruitment Visits – During the Fall semester, seniors will be invited to attend College Admission Representative info sessions in the career center, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines Corp and U.S. Army Recruiters will also visit Kinsella to meet with interested students.

College Admissions Testing – Seniors will have the opportunity to retake take the SATs early November, before most college admission deadlines approach.

Senior College Planning Night for Parents and Students - The School Counselor and College Career Specialist review with parents best-practices for applying to college, as well as the process for requesting transcripts and letters of recommendation. A question and answer session follows. 

Financial Aid Night - Is held in November, the purpose of this evening is to prepare college bound seniors and their parents for the financial aid application process. A guest speaker is invited to speak to parents about the types of aid available and explains the process for completing the FAFSA.

Hands on Financial Aid Workshops - Hands-On Financial Aid workshops are provided during the day or evening January-February in our college and career center computer lab. Students and parents have the opportunity to come in during one of our scheduled hour workshops and get personal and professional assistance with completing and submitting the FAFSA on-line with the College and Career Specialist and/or Financial Aid Representative from a partnering college.  

One-on-One Check Ins – During the months of December – February the School Counselor will meet with seniors individually to check on the status of their college application process or post-secondary plans to ensure each students is on track for graduation. 

Understanding Your Awards Letter Night – This evening event is a sequel to the November Financial Aid Night, and will be held in March. Students and parents are advised to bring their financial aid awards letters and their questions.  The guest speaker from the Financial Aid Night will be invited back to advise parents on how to evaluate their award letters and next steps.

It is our hope that these services provide our students with a personal connection to the support services team and a sense of direction. 

These services are designed to maximize the options available to our students and to encourage students to participate actively in developing, evaluating, and taking individual responsibility for their post high school plans.