Counseling services at Maryvale address the myriad of issues facing young women in today’s world. From grades 6-12, individual and small group meetings focus on school, home, and social concerns. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, GBMC, and the Baltimore County Bureau of Substance Abuse regularly assist the Director of Counseling in providing up-to-date information and age-appropriate educational programs.
As 100% of Maryvale graduates attend a college or university, the importance of early and consistent preparation and planning is explained at Freshman Orientation. A formal and focused introduction to the college search, application, and selection process begins the first week of junior year. Each student and her parents meet individually with the Director of Counseling to develop a personal plan for securing acceptable college placements.
Included in this process is a specific regimen of standardized tests that begin in the freshman year with an introduction to the PSAT, and progresses through the repetition of the PSAT in sophomore year, to the final PSAT and, ultimately, the SAT, ACT, and appropriate SAT Subject Tests in the junior and senior years. Advanced Placement testing is also available for qualified students in the eleventh and twelfth grades.
Learning Support Services
Academic support is provided to students who, as determined by a current educational evaluation, would benefit from additional assistance throughout the school day. Referrals from the faculty are also considered. The Learning Support Assistant offers test taking, time management, and organizational techniques that allow a student to understand and embrace her unique learning style so as to maximize her success.
The St. Julie Billiart Educational Support Program
Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the St. Julie Billiart Program will allow students with language-based learning differences to acquire the requisite skills necessary to achieve success in all subjects, at all academic levels within our College Preparatory curriculum. Application to the Program will parallel the admission’s process at Maryvale, and selected students will meet daily with the Director.
Maryvale’s Advisor/Advisee Program provides a network that allows students, faculty, and the Administration the opportunity to work together to discuss age and grade related topics and concerns. In both the Middle and the Upper School, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who follows her through her years at Maryvale, monitoring her academic progress and serving as an additional support and resource person.