Guidance & College Counseling
Guiding Students from High School Application to College Admission
In the world of Catholic High School, the Guidance and College Counseling Departments are intertwined. Our emphasis as counselors is on highly-individualized collaboration, creating relationships with students and their families from the last year of middle school through high school graduation and college matriculation.
By the time we write a college letter of recommendation, we generally have known a student for three years, and when there are several siblings, we might have known the students’ family for a decade. We cherish our long and deep connections with the CHS community. We believe those connections make us better counselors and allow us to provide customized guidance throughout the four years of high school.
" I was so impressed at the level of involvement the Guidance department has with students, from pre-admission through acceptance to college..."
Our comprehensive academic guidance and college counseling program includes
Career Interest Inventories
Planning for PSAT/SAT/ACT
Administration of PSAT and SAT
Individual College Planning Meetings with Each Student in Junior Year
College Admission Seminar for Juniors
College Application Seminar for Seniors
Visits to Catholic High School by College Representatives
Financial Aid/FAFSA Seminar for Parents of Seniors
Marty is a proud life-long graduate of Catholic schools, from grammar school (St. Luke's School, Schenectady, New York) to high school (Notre Dame - Bishop Gibbons High School, Schenectady, New York) to college (Iona College, '81, New Rochelle, New York). He also graduated from Boston University with a M.Ed. in General Counseling in 1982. A high school and collegiate cross country and track & field runner, he also coaches the cross country team at Bishop Sullivan CHS. He writes his best college recommendations for students who root for the New York Yankees - just kidding! Marty is the parent of BSCHS graduate Dylan (College of William & Mary Class of 2017) and Maddie (BSCHS Class of 2015). Marty has been Director of Guidance since 1995.
Ms. Lauren Gipson grew up in Colorado where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Regis University in Denver and her Masters of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado. After moving to Virginia in 2001 she started working for Chesapeake Public Schools at Hickory High School as a School Counselor. She was a proud Hawk for 15 years, her last year as the Guidance Director. She moved to Virginia Beach City Public Schools and for three years served not only as the Guidance Director at Green Run Collegiate, but as the school’s only counselor. Ms. Gipson is known for developing a strong rapport with teachers, students, and parents. She is a strong advocate for her students and is dedicated to helping them with their socio-emotional needs as well as discovering their future aspirations. She is thrilled to be at Catholic High School and is looking forward to becoming part of this wonderful community.
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Catholic High School
4552 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Phone: (757) 467-2881 Fax: (757) 467-0284 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic High School is AdvancED accredited and the Diocese of Richmond is AdvancED accredited as a school system.
AdvancEDis the largest community of education professionals in the world. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Their goal is not to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, their commitment is to help schools improve.
Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to 34,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations.
Catholic High School is listed as one of Virginia Living's Top High Schools and Colleges 2018
Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2018 recognizes schools for excellence and innovation in six categories: Arts & Humanities; Science, Math & Technology; Performing & Visual Arts; Athletics; and Special Needs. After thorough review of each school’s programs and accomplishments, Virginia Living’s editors selected schools that have instituted programs, courses or capital improvements aimed at strengthening students’ experiences in and beyond the classroom. Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2018 is the resource for anyone curious about why Virginia’s schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.