The mission of the Guidance Counseling office at GWA is to ensure that all graduating students have a broad understanding of post-secondary options and leave GWA with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in university, college, tech or trade school, military service, or direct entry into the workforce. To make this vision a reality, the guidance counselor works with students grades 6-12 in a variety of capacities.
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Meet the Guidance Counselor
Kathryn Casey (MA, LAC) has been the Upper School Guidance Counselor at GWA since Fall of 2016. She grew up in Wisconsin, USA and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (2010) and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Mental Health with a specialty focus in School Counseling from the University of Arizona (2013). She is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of Arizona and is a professional member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the International Association for College Admissions Counseling (IACAC). Ms. Casey is passionate about helping young people further their education and reach their personal and professional goals. She believes that all students are capable of success and that education, especially international education, is the most valuable investment in one’s future.
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The following is a list of just some of the many ways the guidance counselor helps students and parents on a day to day basis:
Academic and Administrative Duties
-Assists with scheduling and course planning and selection
-Reviews student transcripts and graduation requirements
-Organizes credit recovery options for students on academic probation
-Coordinates AP and PSAT/SAT/ACT testing
-Collaborates with teachers and administrators to develop academic and career programming for upper school students
College and Career Counseling
-Guides students and parents through the college admissions process
-Helps students and parents identify best-fit universities and other post-secondary options
-Supports students with college and scholarship applications
-Teaches college and career readiness skills in classroom and small-group setting
-Coordinates special campus events including visits from admissions representatives, career and college fairs, and informational sessions for both students and parents
-Provides one-on-one counseling to students
-Develops individualized education plans for students
-Administers aptitude tests and career inventories to assist students in identifying their strengths and values
-Supports students with goal-setting and motivational interviewing
-Facilitates family meetings to discuss academics and college admissions
- General Resources for University and College Information
- Websites for University and College Applications
- Financial Aid Resources
- Internships and Summer Programs
- Testing Resources
- Study Tools and Test Prep
The GWA Upper School Guidance Counseling office is proud to announce that since January 2017 all GWA students and families have access to Naviance, a comprehensive college and career readiness software designed to help students, parents, and teachers navigate the post-secondary planning process. It’s features include: AP/SAT prep, college search and matching database with links to thousands of university profiles, statistics on your chance at admission, information about financial aid and scholarships, tools to help students decide on a major, and much, much more!
CollegeBoard is a valuable web resource for students and families. It’s features include SAT prep and registration, AP program information, college search and matching tools, webinars about various topics related to the college-search process, and more.
Parchment is a digital credential service. GWA uses Parchment as a secure method of sending transcripts and student and alumni credentials to universities and employers. Parchment also has a college matching search tool which calculates chance of admission based on the student’s profile and academics.
BigFuture is a web resource for students, parents, and educators. It contains all things college related including informational articles, financial planning tools, college search function, and application tips.
YouVisit.com is an innovative website that provides virtual tours of thousands of university and college campuses worldwide. YouVisit can help students and parents get a feel for a campus environment and facilities which can help narrow down the college search process.
CommonApp is a convenient “one-stop shop” for applications for more than 700 universities and colleges. Most of the universities on CommonApp are based in the U.S. however the number of listed international universities is growing. Students can use the common application to apply to numerous universities for just one fee instead of many. Students and parents can also utilize the search function and find information about financial aid and resources, college application tips and planning.
University and College Admissions Services (UCAS) is the go-to for students interested in studying in the UK. Similar to CommonApp, UCAS has all the tools and features necessary for students and parents from the early exploration stage to actual application submission.
ScholarSnapp is a free application tool for scholarship and financial aid opportunities. ScholarSnapp matches students with scholarships that they qualify for and streamlines the process so students can apply to multiple scholarships with one application.
Summer Discovery Internships provides pre-college enrichment programs at numerous universities across the US and UK. Students can take courses for college credit, live on a campus, partake in internship and job skills workshops, and network with students and professionals in various fields of study.
Summer Program Finder is a database of pre-college summer courses and programs available for high school students. Opportunities include work, volunteer projects, study abroad options, and both credit and non-credit options for courses.
Register for the SAT The SAT is offered 6 times throughout the school year. GWA is a registered testing site (test center number: 54410). It is common for students to take the test more than once. It is recommended that 11th grade students take the SAT in the spring and 12th graders again in the fall semester.
Register for the ACT The ACT is another standardized test commonly used for admission to numerous US universities. Universities often use test scores to determine eligibility for admission and merit-based scholarships.
Register for the IELTS The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English-language proficiency test required for admission by many schools in the UK. It is also used for immigration and student visa applications. The IELTS is offered at the British Council in Rabat.
Register for the TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an English proficiency test for non-native English speakers. Most U.S. universities require that international applicants take the TOEFL. Students may take the TOEFL at the AMIDEAST testing center.
Khan Academy a free test prep and tutoring resource for students, teachers, and parents which focuses on test preparation and study habits. Khan Academy is commonly used as an additional supplement to classroom instruction and tutoring.
PrepScholar is a popular study tool for the SAT and ACT. It backs up it’s expensive sticker price with a money-back guarantee to raise student scores by +160 points.
Where are we?
The Upper School Counselor and Guidance Counselor Offices are located in the Upper School Administrative Offices. The offices are open daily from 08:00 to 16:00.