Student Success Center

The Guidance and Counseling Program at Helias Catholic High School seeks to positively impact the lives of our students by partnering with parents, community, faculty, and staff.  Our program seeks to help students find their purpose by merging their gifts and passions with the needs in the world.  Our program offers comprehensive planning and guidance services addressing student academic, spiritual, and career goals, while meeting their emotional, personal, and social needs.

Beliefs: Education is a responsibility shared by students, parents, staff, and community and is based on an atmosphere of mutual respect.
We believe that every student:

  • Has the potential for learning and for meeting high academic standards.
  • Has a unique set of individual needs that must be considered as he/she develops at his/her own rate.
  • Has God given gifts that must be explored, identified, nurtured and celebrated to help every student reach their purpose.

We believe that the school counseling program should:

  •  Have a delivery system that includes school guidance curriculum, academic support, spiritual guidance, and social/emotional counseling.
  • Meet the comprehensive needs of all students.
  •  Support student academic, career, spiritual and personal/social development.
  •  Be both comprehensive and developmental in nature, proactive in design, and responsive to the changing needs of our students.
  •  Monitor student progress.
  • Use data to drive program development and evaluation.

Meet the Staff: (this is where we define roles of each counselor) this will allow students and parents to get to the right person.

Lacy Ralston - Academic Counselor

  • Freshman and Juniors.  (Beginning this year and through out their high school career, students will stay with same counselor.)
  • Course information
  • Course Selections/ Course changes requests
  • E2020 Online Courses Contact and Brigham Young Online Contact and Test Proctor
  • Scholarship Coordinator
  • Counseling Web Site Coordinator
  • Awards Ceremony Coordinator

Dan Mathes - Academic Counselor

  • Sophomores and Seniors.  (Beginning this year and through out their high school career, students will stay with same counselor.)
  • College/Tech School Applications and Completion and Transcripts requests
  • ACT Test Coordinator
  • Course Information
  • Course Selections/ Course changes requests
  • E2020 (online courses)
  • Dual Enrollment Coordinator
  • AP Test Coordinator

Jan Heislen: Academic Counselor

  • A+ Coordinator
  • College/ Career Readiness
  • Academic struggles

Maureen Quinn:  Campus Ministry

  • Service Hours
  • Service Projects (personal or through classes)
  • Campus Ministry Club
  • Mission Trips

Elizabeth Twyman - Accommodations Coordinator

  • Service Plan/ Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Documented health concerns
  • Academic struggles
  • Special Services request for testing

Josh Varner - Professional Counselor

  • Social and Emotional concerns
  • Mental Health needs
Career Guidance Information
Career & College Resources

FREE WEBSITE RESOURCE for FINANCIAL AID:  http://www.thesimpledollar.com/student-budgeting-calculator

MISSOURI CONNECTIONS is a FREE Career and College Search Program that is offered by the State of Missouri.  This program is very appropriate for students in grades 9-12 and now also includes a LEARNING STYLES ASSESSMENT, ACT Prep, SAT Prep, ASVAB Prep, etc.  Log in at:  www.missouriconnections.com   Username:  Helias    Password:  2viewmoc

SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER offers an ACT PREP prior to each of the ACT administrations.  For more information, call 636-1686 or visit:  www.sylvanjeffersoncity.com

ACT PREP CLASSES through Julie Berhorst are now available.  Check out the details at:  www.jcactprep.com  or call Julie Berhorst at 573-690-7065.

FOCUS ON LEARNING is an ACT Prep organization that operates out of Columbia.  For more information, contact Focus on Learning at 573-875-5187.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI SYSTEM has joined the COMMON APPLICATION program which allows students to use the Common App to apply for the four campuses that make up the system:  UMC, UMSL, UMKC, and Missouri S & T.   STUDENTS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO APPLY to each of the institutions through the normal online application process as well.  The Common App is simply another option.

Scholarship Information will updated every other week.  This information is also posted outside of the counseling office.  Click here to view.

Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement

Classes with this designation are offered at Helias which allow your student to earn college credit through a university.

ELIGIBILITY FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT

Students in the 11th or 12th grade with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 are automatically eligible for dual credit.
Students in the 11th and 12th grades with an overall grade point average between 2.5-2.99 must provide a signed letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
Students in the 10th grade must have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 and must provide a signed letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
Students signing up for dual enrollment in AP English, must have scored an 18 on the English ACT exam.  Students must provide a copy of their ACT when they turn in their registration form.
Students signing up for dual enrollment in AP Chemistry or Chemistry must have scored an 18 on the Math ACT exam or a 23 on the Lincoln University math placement test.  A copy of the ACT must be included with application form.
Students signing up for dual enrollment in AP Physics or Physics must have scored a 22 on the Math ACT exam or a 33 on the Lincoln University math placement test.  A copy of ACT must be included with application form.

Students signing up for dual enrollment in a Math class must take the Lincoln University Math placement test.  If a student took Acc. Pre-Calculus last year for dual credit, they can sign up for dual credit in AP Calculus.  If they didn’t take Acc. Pre-Calculus for dual credit, they must

These are some good questions to ask when considering these classes:

Will the college a student attends accept credit for this class? Note: you will need to give them the name of the class at Lincoln University not Helias Catholic.

Will the credit go toward my general education requirements or will it be an elective credit?  What tmajor in is probably the most important factor in determining this.

Will the grade earned for the dual credit class at Helias Catholic become part of my college grade point average?

Can I get in writing via a letter or e-mail that the college will accept the credit?

HELIAS CATHOLIC CLASS NAME     LINCOLN UNIVERSITY CLASS NAME

Computer Applications                BED 208 Integrated Comp. App.
AP English                                     ENG 101 & 102 Composition & Rhetoric I & II
AP American History                    HIS 205 & 206 US History I &II
Physics & AP Physics                    PHY 101/101L & 102/102L College Physics I & II
Acc. Pre-Calculus                         MAT 121 Pre-Calculus Math
AP Calculus BC                             MAT 123 & 124 Calculus I & II
AP Calculus AB                             MAT 123 Calculus I
Chemistry                                     CHM 101/101 Lab General Chemistry
AP Chemistry                               CHM 101/101 Lab General Chemistry
Chemistry II                             CHM 102/102L General Chemistry II
AP Am. Government                    PSC 203 American National Government
AP Spanish                                   SPA 230 Intro to Spanish Composition
Pre Calculus                                 MAT 121 Pre-Calculus

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS
AP exams are given the first two weeks of May each year.
This year the cost of an AP exam is $96.
AP exams are scored 1-5, with 5 being the best score.
The score that is needed to get credit is up to each department at that college or university. Colleges will usually have a page on their website showing a list of what score is needed for receiving credit.
You get only one shot at taking an AP exam.   It is not like the ACT that you can take several times and then take your best score.
Sign up for AP exams will be the first of March
AP Exams that are usually given at Helias Catholic:
Psychology                                                            Biology
English Literature and Composition                 Physics C: Mechanics
English Language and Composition                 Physics C: Electricity
Macroeconomics                                                 Spanish Language
Microeconomics                                                  Chemistry
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Physics 1: Algebra-based
Physics 2: Algebra based
United State History
United States Government and Politics

SIGN UP DATES AND CREDIT HOURS FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT CLASSES
CLASS                   CREDIT HOURS             SIGN UP
AP English           3 each semester          At the start of each semester
AP Am. History   3 each semester          At the start of each semester
AP Physics           4 each semester          At the start of each semester
Physics                 4 each semester          At the start of each semester
Computer App.  3 hours                         Start of semester enrolled
AP Calculus BC   5 each semester           At the start of each semester
AP Calculus AB   5 hours                          At the start of 2nd semester
Acc. Pre-Cal         5 hours                        At the start of 2nd semester
AP Am. Govt.       3 hours                         Start of semester enrolled
Chemistry II        4 hours                          Start of semester enrolled
AP Chemistry      4 hours                          Start of each semester
Chemistry            4 hours                          At the start of 2nd semester
Pre-Calculus        5 hours                      At the start of 2nd semester
AP Spanish           3 hours                   At the start of 2nd semester