RVIS Secondary offers students from grades six through twelve a wide variety of counseling services. The guidance program is comprehensive and developmental in its approach in meeting the academic needs of our students while providing for opportunities for appropriate social and emotional growth. RVIS uses the “The International Model” for school counseling programs.
Throughout the year, the counselor is available to meet with students and parents to discuss and help with academic issues. During the ninth grade, students are introduced to the expectations and demands of the high school, including transcripts, graduation requirements and the IB Program. In each of the grade level registration meetings in the Spring, the counselor addresses the issues of course selection and program planning throughout the high school years.
The counselor at RVIS has extensive training and experience in helping students who are struggling with social/emotional issues. She works in confidence with students in identifying strategies to deal with a variety of issues affecting their personal lives and interactions with fellow students. Encourage your child to seek out the counselor if they need someone to talk to in a supportive, trusting setting.
Transition programs are specifically designed for several groups of people: those students entering grade sixth from elementary years; entering grade nine from the middle school; new students in all grades; and graduating seniors. For each of these groups, we offer general counseling services as well as a special program dealing with the specific type of transition.
All RVIS high school students will have an individual account through Naviance, a web-based program for students’ recording personal profile information, resume creation and many other features. Students will utilize various tools on Naviance to assist each student to learn more about what they are good at and what they like to do, in order to reflect on what particular courses might suit them for future studies and career. This aids in planning their courses for 11th and 12th grade.
Although several of our counseling programs throughout high school lead toward college planning and placement, the junior year is the formal start to the college search and application process. During early 2nd semester, the counselor presents an introduction to the process for the juniors and their parents. At this meeting, the process is explained in general and then parents are asked to set an appointment (the Junior Conference) during the month of March/April. During the Junior Conference, the counselor, student and parent go over the college search process including Junior and Senior year timelines, college selection criteria, the application, the college essay.
While the counselor is available at any time to answer questions regarding the college process- for any grade level student – the junior year is the critical time to begin the process because vital academic information is available (first semester junior year grades, past academic performance, preferred extra-curricular activities, etc.).
Throughout the year, students have opportunities to meet with college representatives from around the world who visit RVIS individually or as part of large group tours. These visits are advertised on Naviance and in through e-vites.