Houston Christian High School counselors adhere to a Biblical model of counseling whose purpose is to guide and support students so that they develop their God given potential, culminating in successful college preparation and placement. Every student's educational, spiritual, emotional and physical well being is a priority. HC counselors have an open door policy which is meant to encourage students to frequently talk with their counselor about personal or academic concerns or simply discuss the latest news or sporting events. The counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student, but balances that obligation with an understanding of the legal and inherent rights of parents and guardians.
HC Counseling Staff (top L-R): Rolando Chaves, Carol Bartels, Jenny Pierce (Counseling Assistant), Jan Pearson (Director), and Karen Klasen (Registrar)
One of the mottos in the counseling office is "college choice…more than a bumper sticker." When it comes to college guidance, HC counselors claim that no student can graduate from HC and honestly claim ‘I didn't know that'.
Counseling and Guidance
The HC Counseling Program provides the student assistance in aspects of personal, spiritual, and educational growth and development. In cooperation with parents and teachers, the counselors provide personal help to the student as needs arise. In situations requiring in-depth or long-term assistance, professional referrals may be suggested. HC reserves the right to require appropriate outside professional intervention as a condition for continuance at HC. Any questions regarding a student's 4-year plan of academic study should be directed to the counselor.
Information about preparing for and choosing a college is distributed by the Counseling Office to each 9th through 12th grade student. Through an annual college day, the online Academic Newsletter, questionnaires, interviews and annual grade-level meetings and parent and student conferences, the counseling program seeks to provide help in making specific post-high school plans. Information on individual colleges, scholarships, and college entrance examinations is also available from the Counseling Office.
Further information regarding counseling and college guidance can be found in the 2013-2014 HC Student & Parent Handbook. For specific questions, contact the Counseling Office at 713.580.6099
"The HC Counseling Department has been incredibly supportive and informative. As a parent, the counseling department has been a true blessing and most beneficial contact I have had with our school. Our counseling staff is friendly, professional, encouraging and dedicated to helping students increase in independence and find the right college fit. They are available to help with the academic bumps students encounter during their high school journey and help them navigate their way through the college application process. In addition, we sure do love and utilize the College Counsel Handbook. I encourage everyone to use this outstanding resource.
When I asked my college freshman daughter her favorite part of HC, she said, "I love the counselors and I had really great teachers.” I believe the guidance our family has received will have a long-term valuable impact."
- Gayla and Scott Thompson, with Adrianna (Class of 2012)