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Counseling Department
 
Bishop Amat recognizes the many needs that young people have today. Growing up is a challenging and often trying experience, and we are fully aware that our students have no social immunity to the temptations and moral dilemmas that face any teenager. 
 
Counselors are available on campus throughout the day and after school. The counseling program fosters the values that enable our youth to understand themselves and others. We encourage our students to assume personal responsibility for their behavior as well as for their intellectual growth and development in keeping with their talents and abilities. 
 
Our curriculum is geared to the physical and mental development of the adolescent. The Counselors make an effort to see all students at various times during the school year. A student may request an appointment with his/her counselor by signing on the appointment request lists that are located outside the counseling offices in the 400 wing.
 
Our counselors are experienced teachers with expertise in various specialized areas. The department offers guidance primarily in academics. In addition, counselors can help students gain information about careers and colleges, scholarships, and financial aid for higher education.
 
Personal Counseling
 
At times, certain situations require the intervention of a professional psychologist for the appropriate resolution of a student problem. This psychologist meets with referred students on campus with permission given by parents on the “Consent to Treatment” form signed annually at registration. Consultation after three visits or in serious matters may involve the parents. Any student or family wishing to have these services available to them may contact Mrs. Andrea Sanchez (x7407).
 
Secrets to Winning a College Scholarship
On March 10, College Counselor Mr. Scott hosted this webinar featuring Mr. David Levy, admissions and financial aid expert. The session covered tips on how to search for scholarships, best practices when applying, and what to do when you are finished. Additionally Mr. Levy discussed some upcoming changes to how scholarships are considered by tax law and how they are treated by colleges. Please click here to access a recording of the webinar and all associated documents.
 
College Presentation for Junior Students (02/25/2021)
This session featured College Counselor Mr. Michael Scott who hosted a presentation on the college application process for the Class of 2022. Topics included financial aid, college essays, standardized test requirements, best practices, and much more. Please click here to view the recorded webinar.
 
College Presentation for Parents of Juniors (02/18/2021)
This session featured College Counselor Mr. Michael Scott who hosted a presentation on the college application process for incoming seniors. Topics included financial aid, college essays, standardized test requirements, best practices, and much more. Please click here to view the recorded webinar.
 
College Information Session: Class of 2022 (02/04/2021)
 
On Thursday afternoon (2/4), College Counselor Mr. Scott hosted four guest speakers from the major college/university systems to speak to junior students about their options for next year's application season. Representatives discussed the California Community College, Cal State University, University of California, and private/independent university systems. Topics included standardized testing, application windows, financial aid, and individual requirements for each group of colleges. Please click here to view the recorded webinar.
 
Counselors & Coffee - Course Registration (1/27/21)
 
On Wednesday morning (1/27), the Counseling Dept. hosted a virtual Counselors & Coffee event regarding the course registration process, which has started for freshmen students. The session was primarily designed for 9th grade parents, however other parents could benefit as well. Please click here to view the recorded webinar and other materials.
 
 
NCAA Academic Eligibility Night - 11/18/2020
 
On the evening of November 18, 2020, Mr. Tintle (Athletic Academic Counselor) will host an evening for students (and parents!) who intend to continue playing their sport at the collegiate level. The event typically features guest speakers from several different perspectives (admissions, compliance, and former student athletes themselves). More information regarding guest speakers is forthcoming. This event begins at 6:00 p.m. and typically lasts between 60-90 minutes. Please click here to view the recorded webinar.
 
FAFSA Seminar - 11/5/2020
 
On the evening of November 5, 2020, Mr. Michael Scott will host a FAFSA Seminar featuring guest speaker Mr. David Levy. The webinar will focus on the completion of the FAFSA application. Mr. Levy will describe best practices and guide parents through the online application. The seminar begins at 6:30 p.m. and will last about 2 hours. Please click here for documents you will need during the presentation. Please click here to join the webinar.
 
College Night - 10/26/2020
 
On the evening of October 26, 2020, Mr. Scott will host Bishop Amat's annual College Night from 6-9 p.m.. This event, which will feature over 80 colleges and universities, is available to all grade levels and will be held online. Although the event is free, it does require pre-registration. Please click here to register for the event. Registration is closes three hours before the event begins.
 
Financial Aid Seminar - 10/21/2020
 
On the evening of October 21, 2020, Mr. Michael Scott hosted a Financial Aid Seminar featuring guest speaker Mr. David Levy. In addition to the information presented, Mr. Levy would like to make the following information available to families.  Please see click here to access the additional files.
 
SENIORS: 
 
Please check out this short video on applying to college during COVID-19. The Counseling Dept. found this to be very useful.
 
 
Mt. SAC:
Are you interested in attending Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC)? Attend the virtual workshops (click here for the flyer!) to receive help with the enrollment process and complete Connect 4 — a process that assists graduating seniors with their transition to Mt. SAC and provides them with early registration for Fall 2021!