Saint Ignatius High School

School Counseling

From course registration to cura personalis, our counseling department takes care of each student’s path through Saint Ignatius. Learn more about our counselors, their services, and how they’ll get you from enrollment to graduation.

High school is full of twists and turns. Fortunately, our School Counseling Department is with you every step of the way. These men and women work with our students on a daily basis to help students of all grade levels become successful and reach graduation. 

Counselors are available to students and parents to discuss academic tracks, provide social and emotional support, assist with career planning, implement standardized testing, and offer study skills training and other academic support. 

The Counseling Department also oversees Family Conferences, which take place prior to Freshman and Junior years. These meetings serve as a vital checkpoint with the people most invested in a student’s progress at Saint Ignatius: the student and his parents.

Cura Personalis Program

A Latin term meaning "care for the [individual] person," cura personalis is a hallmark of Jesuit education. Each teacher establishes a personal relationship with students, listens to them in the process of teaching, and draws them toward personal initiative and responsibility for learning.

The Cura Personalis Program assists students who have mild learning differences. Some students may need tutoring, structured study time, assistance provided by our Walton Center for Learning, and possible extended time for test taking.

In order for students to receive these services, as well as accommodations for standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT or Advanced Placement Testing, detailed documentation showing the need for accommodations is required.

Please contact the School Counseling department with any additional questions.

Support Programs

Grief Group
A support group for students who have lost a loved one, whether recently or in the past. This group is facilitated by Mr. Brian Martin '94 and Melissa Lessick.

Family Issues Group
Supports students who have experienced a change in their family situation such as parental separation or divorce. It is facilitated by Mrs. Mary Walsh.

Care Team
Supports students who are dealing with issues of alcoholism or drug use in their families, among their friends or within themselves. The group is facilitated by Mrs. Mary Walsh.

Ignatian Alliance
Facilitates respect for all students, specifically regarding sexual orientation. In valuing the dignity of each individual, the Ignatian Alliance seeks to build acceptance, provide information, and encourage communication. The Ignatian Alliance seeks to foster justice within our community where all individuals feel respected and valued to participate fully in campus activity. This group is facilitated by Mr. Hugh McManamon '76, Mrs. Cindy Reagan and Mr. Ed DeVenney.

Cancer Support Group
Supports students who are dealing with the anxiety and uncertainty created when someone they care about or when they have been diagnosed with cancer. This group is facilitated by Mr. Brian Martin '94.

Students may refer themselves to support group facilitators or be referred to a facilitator by a teacher, parent or friend. For additional information, please contact the facilitator.

Faculty & Staff