Counseling and College Guidance

Individualized Support

Houston Christian High School offers a comprehensive counseling program that strives to challenge and encourage students to grow into young men and women of strong Christian faith, high academic achievement, and moral responsibility.

Houston Christian counselors practice an open-door policy and welcome drop-in visits by students or parents, as well as scheduled appointments to discuss emotional, spiritual, social, or academic concerns that arise during the year.

College counseling at Houston Christian is active, intentional, and individualized, beginning in ninth grade and continuing through the end of senior year. Students and parents are provided with the tools to navigate the increasingly competitive and complicated college application process by offering individual and group meetings, visits with college representatives, an annual college tour, workshops for parents and students, and individual advising on all aspects of the college search and application process.

College counseling at Houston Christian aims to help each student find the right college fit by guiding students and families one-on-one through every step of the college admissions process. Our support is proactive and personalized, which enables students to take ownership of the college transition process.

Counselors are familiar faces to the student body at Houston Christian!

Counseling Events 2022-2023

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  • Wellness Speaker Series: Dr. Crystal Collier

    We are honored to have Dr. Crystal Collier join us for our Wellness Speaker Series on February 23, 2023. Parents, we invite you to join us for a parent seminar with Dr. Collier that evening at 7 p.m. Dr. Collier will speak to our students earlier in the day at our assembly with a focus on neurodevelopment and the science behind the risky behavior of addiction. The parent seminar will explore the topics addressed with your students as well as provide extensive prevention science information. This event is free to attend and we encourage you to bring friends! For more details, please click here. We look forward to seeing you!

    Dr. Crystal Collier, PhD Bio:
    Crystal Collier, PhD, herself a person in long-term recovery, is a therapist and educator who has been working with adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavioral problems and substance use disorders since 1991. Her area of expertise includes adolescent brain development, prevention programming, parent coaching, addiction, family-of-origin work, and training new clinicians.

    Dr. Collier’s comprehensive prevention model, which teaches the neurodevelopmental effects of risky behavior to children, teens, teachers and parents, was selected for the 2015 Prevention and Education Commendation from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. In 2018, she received the Torch Bearer Award for her work in the field of addiction from the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. In the same year, The Hope and Healing Center and Institute in Houston, TX, granted Dr. Collier a research fellowship to support the completion of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide. In 2019, she received the Outstanding Research Award from the Association of Alternative Peer Groups and was acknowledged as Counselor of the Year by the Houston Counseling Association.
  • College Rep Visits

    Ongoing - Fall and Spring Semesters
    Fall visits are ideal for students who want to learn more about particular colleges to determine their level of interest and plan a campus visit. Seniors are strongly encouraged to attend which helps with making a college choice. The visits take place on campus during lunch and parents are welcome to attend. 
  • College Day

    Tuesday, October 4, 2022   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM   100+ colleges are on the HC campus to visit with students and parents.  This is a don't miss event.
  • PSAT Test

    PSAT Wednesday, October 12, 2022
  • PACT Test

    Pre-ACT Wednesday, November 16, 2022 for 9th and 10th grade students.  Grace day for 11th and 12 grade students.
  • Mock Admission Event

    Thursday, March 23, 2023 (7-8:30pm)

    Houston Christian High School is proud to host a Mock College Admissions Event here on campus for all to attend. Avoid confusion and false information about the college application and admission process by attending this fun and interactive evening where students and parents serve on a fictitious college admission committee. Your task will be to evaluate four applicants and agree on which student to accept, deny, waitlist, and award a scholarship. You will review applicant files consisting of an application, transcript, essay, recommendation letters, resume, and test scores.

    The evening will be led by college admission Directors and Officers from several affluent universities. College and universities who will participate will be revealed at a later date.

    Parent Review: "As a parent, this event is one of the best things we have attended in our time at Houston Christian. Everything from the college admissions guests, to the mock applicant files, to the breakout groups was well coordinated. Carol also expertly facilitated a dynamic group conversation that was largely dominated by enthusiastic HC students. The material was so engaging, our family continued the dialogue later that evening back at our house. So, thanks to your team for providing such an exceptional event."
  • College Counsel Meeting for Parents

    You’re invited to the annual College Counsel Meeting! 

    Jan Pearson, Director of Counseling and College Guidance, will present essential information regarding the next steps for you and your student’s college process. Much has changed as a result of COVID-19 and you will benefit from knowing what your student will face and experience. Updates on current admission requirements, costs, statistics, and finding the “best fit” will be discussed. Please attend only 1 meeting for your student’s grade level. We will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and end by 12:15 p.m. or 8:15 p.m., respectively. 

    Families will receive the updated HC College Counsel Handbook, Vol 22. You are welcome to invite non-HC families. (HC students will receive this information at an assembly in April).
    Parents, please join us in the HC Daffin Lecture Hall for your grade level group, at the time of your choosing.
    11th Grade Parents: Wednesday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. 
    10th Grade Parents: Tuesday, April 26th at 11:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. 
    9th Grade Parents: Tuesday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. 
    We look forward to seeing you and taking this crucial step toward your student’s future!
  • AP Testing

    2022 AP Test Schedule
    May 2-13 | HC Campus
    AP exams are required of all HC students who are enrolled in an AP course. Click here to for the schedule, cost, and location for each exam.

Meet The Team!

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  • Photo of Carol Bartels

    Carol Bartels 

    Counseling Director
  • Photo of Dedra Arthur

    Dedra Arthur 

  • Photo of Rolando Chaves

    Rolando Chaves 

    (713) 580-6017
  • Photo of Loretta Ramirez

    Loretta Ramirez 

  • Photo of Taunya Rawls

    Taunya Rawls 

    Counseling Assistant

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