Over 95% of York Catholic students choose to continue their education at a college or university.  The Guidance Department offers counseling and resources to help the student with the research and application process, as well as provide information about scholarship opportunities available.


York Catholic Counseling Services

  • At least three student interviews scheduled, group or individual, with a counselor each year
  • Parent conferences as needed or requested, including school parent conference night
  • Psychological services (referral information)
  • Family consultation and counseling
  • Student Assistance Program for referred students with drug, mental health concerns, and issues such as grief, stress, anxiety, and divorce
  • Collaboration with faculty and staff about student needs and problems
  • Personal counseling to school personnel

York Catholic Career Services

  • Program of career counseling and education, including annual Career Day
  • Mock Interviews for junior students
  • Career resource center (Guidance Center)
  • Internet links to college and career search information
  • Assistance with Job Shadowing placements
  • Coordination for selection of students to participate in various leadership and academic programs, i.e., Hoby Leadership, Distinguished Young Women, JA Symposium, Rotary Conferences, etc.
  • Assistance to find Career Exploration Opportunities
  • Participation in the Career Opportunities Program (COPS)
  • Membership in community school/work partnership groups

York Catholic College Counseling

  • College and post secondary school counseling (including applications for admission, scholarship and financial aid)
  • Small group meetings with college representatives
  • Evening workshops with parents and/or students on College Information and Financial Aid
  • Guidance services to York Catholic graduates
  • SAT and ACT advising and information on SAT/ACT Prep classes
  • PSAT administration for all sophomores and juniors
  • Advanced Placement (AP) examination program at York Catholic for AP students
  • Standardized aptitude and achievement testing program
  • Orientation program for new high school students
  • Collection and recording of student extracurricular activities
  • Collection and posting of part-time job openings
  • Access to armed services recruitment personnel
  • Guidance services to student athletes, including NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse communications

 

York Catholic Faculty

Guidance Counselors

Name: Position: Phone:
Ms. Eva Hess Grades 11 & 12 717-846-8871 x232 ehess@yorkcatholic.org
Mrs. Jamie Loughman LIU Guidance Counselor Grades 9 & 10 717-718-5825 jloughman@yorkcatholic.org
Mrs. Sarah McShane LIU Guidance Counselor Grades 7 & 8 717-718-5826 smcshane@yorkcatholic.org
Ms. Theresa Gottshall LIU Reading 717-718-5828 tgottshall@yorkcatholic.org
Mrs. Dianne Schildt LIU Guidance Secretary 717-718-5829 dschildt@yorkcatholic.org
Mrs. Deb Gingerich Career Room Coordinator 717-846-8871 x254 dgingerich@yorkcatholic.org

 

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Services

We are pleased to have Dawn McCrae helping our students once a month.  Dawn comes to us from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in York.  She provides services for juniors and seniors who have a documented learning disability, physical disability, or mental health diagnosis.  OVR offers career and college counseling; testing and assessments; and scholarship information.  Dawn also provides great practical tips on getting ready for the world after high school whether it is college, a post secondary school, or work.  To register your child for this service, talk with your child’s guidance counselor.

Student Assistance Program

This program is in place at York Catholic to identify students who are having difficulties in school due to difficult life experiences, alcohol or drug use, depression, or other mental health problems.  Referrals are made to the Student Assistance Team by teachers, counselors, staff, parents, peers, and sometimes by the students themselves.  After reviewing the referral, if the team finds sufficient reason to believe there is a problem, a formal, confidential information gathering process is started, and communication with the student and the parents takes place.  The team works with the student and his or her family to develop a course of action to resolve the identified problems.  Currently the Student Assistance Team includes Miss Anderson, Mrs. Obermeier, Mrs. Langione, Mrs. Lupinetti, Mr. Hayek, Mr. Bankos, and the guidance counselors.  For more information, please see the Student Assistance Brochure and Parent Permission Form on the Forms and Documents page of this website or consult the student Agenda.

Bully Prevention Policy

The YCHS community sees as part of its mission the development of an environment of mutual respect for all of its members.  Those members include students, families, faculty, administration, and staff.  YCHS has established a “Bullying Prevention Committee” which is committed to protecting our students from damaging types of behaviors.  To this end, the committee has established a system whereby bullying is identified and appropriate action is taken.  For more information, please see the Student Handbook.

York County Alliance for Learning Career Exploration

Career exploration programs are available in York County for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a strong interest in the following careers:  accounting, agriculture, ACE trades, architecture, construction, culinary arts, engineering, entrepreneurship, financial services, fine arts, health care, hospitality & business, human services, insurance,  I.T., law, manufacturing, marketing, medical assistance, music industry, and respiratory care.  Information about each program can be seen at ycal.  York Catholic students participate in the various career programs and find them to be exciting and worthwhile.  While each program runs a little differently, they are basically after school programs once a month (or twice for the ACE Mentoring) from late afternoon to early evening from October until May. Some offer a one-day program. Each program includes hands on projects; students gain valuable knowledge from the mentors; and some programs even feed you supper.  All York County schools may participate.  Students should apply by mid-September in order to participate in the program for that current school year.  Please see Ms. Hess in the Guidance Office if you have any questions.