School Counseling

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Our goal is to assist all middle school and high school students with the developmental processes in intellectual, social and personal growth. We aid all of our students in making informed and individually appropriate social, educational and vocational choices.

In the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers of North America we are committed to developing our students within the guidelines of “The Essential Elements of and Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education,” with a specific focus on Essential Element Number Seven: Pursuing Excellence in all Endeavors.

We are proud of the fact that 100% of our graduates have been accepted to the college of their choice. We begin the college process as early as freshmen with a dedicated effort to helping each student discover their strengths and areas of interest. We continue to work diligently with each student throughout their time here, culminating in the senior year when application and scholarship deadlines are at hand.

Our staff

Ms. Caitlynn Berger

School Counselor for students last names beginning A through L

585-342-4000 x225

Ms. Kelly Ricketts

School Counselor for students last names beginning M through Z

585-342-4000 x223

We work closely with all students to help them socially, emotionally and academically through their Bishop Kearney education. We focus on aiding all students in their desire to continue their pursuit of education past high school. We oversee the college application process starting in junior year with career assessment and individualized college planning. In preparation for college, students are encouraged to take part in PSAT, ACT and SAT test preparation. For our college bound athletes, we assist in ensuring that students complete the NCAA Clearinghouse process.

Dorothy Brown

Support Staff – Social Worker

585-342-4000 x266

School Counseling Through the Years

Middle School

Middle school is an exciting time where students transition from childhood to adolescence. Along with their rapid growth, this is a time when they are searching for their own unique identity. Our school counselors are here to provide not just academic support, but other independent and social supports as well, such as:

  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Organizational, study and test taking skills
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution

Freshman Year

The freshman year of high school is a pivotal year for each and every student. It is the year students are exposed to many new and unfamiliar academic experiences. As students enter into their freshman year, each student will get the chance to sit down with their counselor within the first month of the school year. Some key concepts to highlight that will take place during the year are:

  • Building Rapport – affirming students
  • Aiding in Transition – socially, emotionally and academically
  • Periodic Academic Reviews
  • Co-Curricular Activities
  • Career Development (Explore Test)
  • Course Advisement: Building Sophomore Schedules

Sophomore Year

The counselor for Grade 10 will build on the student’s previous experience by:

  • Continuing to work on areas helpful to school success such as academic reviews, communication skills, study plans and test taking strategies – focusing specifically on the successful completion of the NYS Regents requirements
  • Assisting with the personal needs of the student.
  • Career Development (PLAN Test: Pre-test for ACT)
  • Career/College Exploration
  • Course Advisement: Building Junior Schedules – assisting in choosing courses appropriate for the students’ capabilities and goals

Junior Year

During Junior Year, College preparation takes center stage here at Bishop Kearney. The college admissions process is introduced through a series of workshops performed in the classroom. During this time students will learn about Standardized testing, college application and essay writing, campus visits and more. Please visit the helpful links on the guidance webpage for valuable information and resources.

  • Assisting with the personal needs of the student
  • Standardized Testing (PSAT/SAT/ACT)
  • Career/College Exploration
  • Course Advisement: Building Senior Schedules – assisting in choosing courses appropriate for desired college major and graduation requirements.

Senior Year

With the ground work laid for students in their junior year, they are prepared to start college applications in the fall. Senior year can be a mix of emotions for students, and it is the goal of the guidance office to keep them organized and on track for their future plans. Please visit the helpful links on the guidance webpage for valuable information and resources.

  • Assisting with the personal needs of the student
  • Standardized Testing (SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Test)
  • College Application Process