Counseling is crucial for a young student’s success. The Middle and High School girls have access to two professional counselors with a combined professional experience of 70 years who are there to help them through the daily challenge of growing up. Our counselors are here to listen to the girls in a safe, judgment-free space, where their priority is the student’s well-being, emotional stability, and safety.
Loretto Academy provides a Comprehensive Counseling Program, following the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model that focuses on academic, career, and personal/social success. This model ensures that every student receives school counseling, which provides for closing the gap of academic achievement, and ensures access to educational opportunities.
Mrs. Janise Pries, is the Middle School and Freshmen counselor. Ms. Jane Johns, class of 1969, is the High School counselor serving sophomores through seniors. Together, they give guidance to the students in their personal and academic lives. They both give class presentations so that all students are aware of the resources available to help them. They administer tests for all grades, including the IOWA, ACT ASPIRE, PSAT 8/9, Pre ACT, PSAT/NMSQT, and TSI. Collectively, they individually assist students in planning out their yearly schedules for placement into courses directly linked to their strengths and weaknesses for college readiness.
Mrs. Pries follows the Middle School concept with presentations and activities geared towards assisting preadolescent students through their personal, social, religious and academic development. Another important role is in guiding the 8th and 9th-grade students through their transition from Middle School to High School. She attains these goals by assisting in the yearly Middle School grade level retreats, classroom presentations, including academic and career topics, and individualized personal growth sessions.
As a college preparatory High School, Ms. Johns focuses on graduation requirements and the importance of advanced curriculum in the college selection process for sophomore, juniors, and seniors. She achieves this goal through individualized counseling, student-parent meetings, classroom presentations, and lunchtime guided sessions for the college application completion. Loretto Academy’s reputation for student post-secondary success brings college representatives from selective institutions of higher learning which she coordinates.