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.

Jan Heislen - Counselor

  • Students - Last Name A-He
  • Naviance Coordinator
  • College/ Career Readiness
  • Naviance Coordinator
  • Sophomore Pilgrimage
  • Academic Struggles

Lacy Ralston - Counselor

  • Students - Last Name Hi-Ph
  • Course information
  • Course Selections/ Course changes requests
  • ACT Coordinator
  • E2020 Online Courses Contact and Brigham Young Online Contact and Test Proctor
  • NCAA School/Class Profiles
  • ASVAB Coordinator
  • Nichols Coordinator
  • Girls State/Boys State
  • Awards Ceremony Coordinator

Whitney Toosley- Counselor

  • Students - Last Name Pi-Z
  • PSAT Coordinator
  • Course Information
  • Course Selections/ Course changes requests
  • Missouri Scholars Academy
  • Dual Enrollment Coordinator
  • AP Test Coordinator

Maureen Quinn and Maggie Crider:  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/Social & Emotional Concerns
  • Academic struggles
  • Special Services request for testing
Career Guidance Information
Career & College Resources


NAVIANCE offers students a means to investigate careers, colleges, and participate in interest and career assessments.  Parents and students can access NAVIANCE accounts from home in addition to the time spent with the program in school.

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

ACT PREP CLASSES through Julie Berhorst are now available.  Check out the details at:  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 is available at the following link.    CLICK HERE TO VIEW.  There are two tabs with scholarship information: Local Scholarships and National Scholarships. This information will be updated regularly as scholarships become available. An email will be sent to students when new scholarships have been added to the scholarship link.

Dual Credit and Advanced Placement

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


  • 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 School 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 School Counselor and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian. 
  • Students signing up for Dual Credit in the following classes must meet these requirements.

Lincoln University Course

College Hours

Helias Course


PHY 101/102

4 Per Semester

AP Physics

ACT Math Subscore: 22


Math Placement Score: 33

HIS 205/206

3 Per Semester

DC American History


PSC 203

3 (1 Semester Only)

DC American National Gov


CHM 101/102

4 per semester

DC Chemistry

ACT Math Subscore: 22


Math Placement Score: 33

---/CHM 101

4 2nd Semester


ACT Math Subscore: 22


Math Placement Score: 33

ENG 101/102

3 Per Semester

AP English

ACT English Subscore: 18

---/MAT 123

5 2nd Semester

AP Calculus AB

A grade of ‘C’ or

higher in MAT 121


ACT Math Subscore: 30 


Math Placement Score: 48

MAT 123/203

5 Per Semester

AP Calculus BC

A grade of ‘C’ or

higher in MAT 121


ACT Math Subscore: 30 


Math Placement Score: 48

MAT 121


ACC Pre-Calculus

ACT Math Subscore: 18


Math Placement Score: 33


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?
    •  Note: The students intended major 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? 

For a listing of dual credit and AP courses offered by Helias please go to the Course Catalog.


For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.

Free resources will be available through exam day to help students prepare. While we encourage you to wait until closer to the test to decide, any student registered for an exam can cancel at no charge.

For the 2019-20 exam administration only:

  • AP is developing secure 45-minute online free-response exams for each course.
  • The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
  • You’ll be able to take your exams on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. You’ll also have the option to write your responses by hand and submit a photo.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • The exams will be secure.  AP is using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:

  • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
  • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.

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


Request a Transcript

ATTN:  Due to school closure March 18 - April 30, 2020 amid the COVID-19 concerns, all transcript requests will be emailed.  Be sure to include the personal or school email it should be sent to.

If you need a copy of your transcript and you are a current student at Helias, please click on the link to fill out the form and submit it. - TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FOR CURRENT STUDENT - CLICK HERE.

If you need a copy of your transcript and you are a former student or graduate of Helias, there is a $5 fee.  You must pay the fee through our online payment in order for the transcript to be sent.  Make sure to put Transcript Request in the Note field of payment form.  Please complete both steps through the links below in order to receive a copy of your transcript.


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