Great Hearts Academies provides quality and individual attention to each student going through the college application process. The overarching objective of College Counseling is to ensure that all students will continue to realize the fullness of their human, cultural, and personal identity well past their time at the school. One of the perennial questions raised at the Academies is, “How do I live the good life?” The university life is crucial in this pursuit as it provides the necessary time and space for students to greater deepen who they are, both intellectually and morally among their leaders and peers. It is of the utmost importance that college counselors assist students in identifying and attending an appropriate educational environment since the formation they receive at university will be a determining factor in their vocations and roles in society.
Purpose: College Counselors provide individualized planning and advice to students and their parents. The counselor’s aim is to help students identify, apply and eventually attend the school that is the best fit given their interest, family goals and financial circumstances.
Duties involve, but are not limited to:
Developing college workshops for parents and providing individual parent counseling to answer questions about high school curriculum, college acceptance, the application process, etc.
One-on-one advising on prospective colleges, as well as helping students evaluate their interests for an initial selection of a college major, if needed
Educating upperclassmen on application process through group workshops and individual meetings
Assisting students with applications, college essays and scholarship essays
Processing college application paperwork and writing letters of recommendation for admissions and scholarships
Researching and advertising summer study, internships, and scholarship opportunities
Facilitating the selection process for students nominated to represent the school for summer programs or scholarships
Updating the School Profile and other Academy documents
Maintaining a working calendar of events and tasks within the office
Coordinating and administering PSAT and PLAN tests (PSAT – sophomores/juniors, PLAN – sophomores) and providing post-test (PSAT/PLAN) counseling to develop individual test preparation plans for the SAT/ACT, as needed
Working as the school’s SSD Liaison (Services for Students with Disabilities) and assuring that the information process on college testing accommodations is coordinated with the Academy’s Special Education Coordinator
Updating and maintaining college test stats, college acceptance data, scholarship tracking, and alumni information
Responsibility for registrar tasks; coordinating with the office manager for some of the registrar tasks; taking on responsibility for issuing transcripts for high school students applying to summer programs and colleges, as well as issuing final transcripts for high school graduates
Assisting the office with the processing of incoming transfer credits and serving as liaison to the Headmaster in matters of credit acceptance and necessary make-up credits for transfer students and entering the prior credits for high school transfers into Schoolmaster to ensure completeness of records for college applications.
Assisting the headmaster or his/her designated representative with devising remediation plans for high school failing semester grades to allow on-time high school graduation
Maintaining the school’s college counseling website and Naviance site
Developing background information for the end-of-year awards ceremony highlighting the plans of each graduating senior
Working with the Great Hearts College Counseling Team in Arizona on various projects
Attending various College Counseling meetings and other training
Chaperoning for College Counseling events
Networking with colleges, including travel to schools and hosting admissions reps; activity in NACAC and attending National Conferences
Consulting with the Director of Academics as needed
The nine core virtues that we seek to model and instill in our students are:
Responsibility. We accept obligations and we act on those obligations in a manner suitable to their timely and satisfactory fulfillment. We are willingly accountable for what we do and say, and we seek to learn from our mistakes.
Perseverance and Courage. We spurn despair and strive to complete tasks to the best of our abilities, regardless of the difficulty. We respond creatively to overcome obstacles and ask for help when necessary
Integrity and Honesty. We are individuals of strong ethical values, who make consistently good choices in keeping with our knowledge of right and wrong. We are always truthful in what we say and do, regardless of the circumstances or consequences.
Citizenship and Humility. We give of our time and abilities to serve others. We uphold liberty and social equality through respect for individual differences and always strive to do our best whether we are recognized or not.
Friendship. We regard others and ourselves as deserving of kind and just treatment. Our conduct is considerate and polite. We look for the good in others and demonstrate compassion. Our attitudes toward others reflect the way we wish to be treated.
Wisdom. We learn from our mistakes and think before we act. We look to each other and our past successes for guidance on making good choices.
Additional Salary Information: Great Hearts offers a very competitive benefits package and overall compensation will be commensurate with talent, experience and education.
Internal Number: CC-101
About Great Hearts Monte Vista North
Great Hearts is a non-profit network of public charter schools dedicated to improving education nationwide through classical preparatory K-12 academies. A Great Hearts education prepares students to be more than just proficient test takers, but rather, to become great-hearted leaders capable of success throughout their higher education and professional careers. With a curriculum built upon a classical liberal arts tradition and a revolutionary approach to school itself, Great Hearts cultivates the hearts and minds of students in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
Great Hearts Monte Vista North is a thriving campus serving approximately 460 students in grades 6–12. The Monte Vista North campus was the first Great Hearts academy established in the great state of Texas. However, the larger significance of our presence in San Antonio is found in the boys and girls and young men and women who are flourishing in response to our classical model of education. The awakening of the intellect and the generous response of the human spirit is on display throughout our classrooms.