Secondary Guidance Program
GWA counselors work with students, staff, and parents to create an inclusive and collaborative department that promotes the school’s overall mission. Counseling services are available to all GWA students and their parents and students may drop in or make an appointment. The secondary counseling department, which covers 6-12, is committed to providing counseling and advice to the secondary students of GWA. Parents and guardians are also welcome to consult with their son or daughter’s school counselor. Meetings with parents are often helpful when a student is experiencing academic or personal problems or when a student is in the process of setting plans and goals for the future.
There are three counselors in the secondary school:
Below is a list of some of the services provided by GWA school counselors:
The International Baccalaureate Program
GWA offers the IB Diploma in grades 11 and 12. Students in grade 10 meet with both their counselor and the IB Coordinator to go over course selections. The counselors work closely with the IB Coordinator to ensure that students have chosen the right subjects for university admission.
Current GWA students select courses each spring for the following school year. Newly enrolled students will select course when they have their initial meeting with their counselor upon acceptance. A comprehensive list of graduation requirements, information about the MYP and IB Diploma program and descriptions for each course are available from the school.
The GWA grade 11 and 12 counselors work with grade 11 and 12 students both as a class and individually on the university admission process. Students and their parents are given information to help them determine the right university for them. Working closely with the counselor, students prepare a list of prospective universities, work on their essays/personal statements and prepare for any testing that may be required. University representatives from North American, Europe and the UK regularly visit GWA to enable students to have direct contact and ask specific questions about their university or further educational choices.
Naviance is a college counseling program that allows students to conduct personality, career, and learning style inventories and to tie those to their college search. Teachers, counselors and parents are also able to access this information to learn more about their students. Parents and students, click on the link below to access this tool. If you do not have your login information, please contact Mrs. Thomas or Mrs. Young via email at the addresses above. To access NAVIANCE, please click HERE.
Information for University Representatives
When to Visit
GWA is happy to host universities on our campus. We do not hold student meetings for college visits because of the number of universities that visit during the year. We do provide space and will advertise all school visitations ahead of time. Universities have the option of coming during the Grade 11 and 12 morning break (10:50 - 11:30 a.m.) or during lunch (2:20 - 2:40 p.m.). Most universities are comfortable with this set-up and the access to our students. Our students are used to seeing universities this way and it seems to work for both the universities and our students.
Please contact Mrs. Maureen Young at the address above to schedule your University's visit.
Please note that our school week is Sunday to Thursday. To avoid school holidays, please click HERE. For directions and a map, please click HERE .