Counseling

The mission of the Martinsville High School Counseling Program – in partnership with other educators, parents/guardians and the community - is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students and ensures that they are self-directed, lifelong learners who are prepared to become productive and responsible citizens of society.

Counseling services are available for all students at Martinsville High School. School Counselors advise students on topics such as career information and occupational information, in addition to helping students interpret test scores. The counselors are willing to help the students with concerns whether they are social, school, or home problems.

School Counselors help to establish lines of communication between staff and students. Experienced, licensed counselors are available throughout the school day and by appointment. Strict confidentiality is maintained.

The counseling department maintains a library of information on colleges, financial aid opportunities, and vocational information for student, faculty, and community use. Detailed information on most post-secondary institutions in Indiana is available. The counseling department also maintains and distributes information on current financial aid resources available for post-secondary education. Career information is also available through the Counseling Department.

AVAILABLE COUNSELING SERVICES

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Experienced, licensed counselors are available throughout the school day and by appointment. Strict confidentiality is maintained.

SPECIAL SERVICES

The counseling department serves as the liaison between parents and students and the special services department. Special services include help for students with learning disabilities, speech and hearing difficulties, the need for vocational rehabilitation, and emotional difficulties. Special services conferences and appointments are made through contacting the high school or the Director of Special Education, 765-342-6641 ext. 1012

INFORMATION SERVICES

The counseling department maintains a library of information on colleges, financial aid opportunities, and vocational information for student and community use. Detailed information on most post-secondary institutions in Indiana is available.

FINANCIAL AID

The counseling department maintains and distributes information on current financial aid available in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans for post-secondary education. MHS has no control over or responsibility for which scholarships and loans are available to the students.

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

The counseling department will host a Financial Aid Night. At this meeting a college financial aid officer will assist students and parents in completing the student FAFSA form. FAFSA forms can not be filed before January 1st and are due on or before March 10th.

SCHEDULING AND ENROLLMENT

The counseling department assists new students in enrolling at MHS. The department also aids currently enrolled students on an individual and on-going basis in developing and maintaining an appropriate 4-year course plan to provide a foundation for future career goals.

TRANSCRIPT REQUEST

You can request your transcripts to be sent via Parchment. This electronic service is free to current students and requires a small fee for former graduates. A transcript can also be requested by contacting our Registrar or one of the MHS Counselors.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

The counseling department is responsible for several additional services for the staff and students at Martinsville High School. These include: monitoring the academic progress of each student by consulting with teachers through a variety of communication methods; working closely with the middle school counselors to assure students have a smooth and effective transition to high school; working closely with Hammons Alternative School staff; resolving scheduling conflicts; assisting in administering standardized tests; distributing standardized test results; attending professional development workshops and conferences; assisting with the college application process; training counselor interns; assisting with career related field trips; coordinating leadership development opportunities for students; and being a liaison between MHS and Hoosier Hills Vocational School.

PARENT CONSULTATION

Parents are encouraged to see counselors at any time during the school day, but appointments are preferred.

REGIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

A College Fair is held in Bloomington in the fall. At this time, students and parents are informed about the programs that are available at universities, vocational schools, and through the military. This informative event can be of great value not only to seniors, but to all underclassmen as well.

COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY

This financial aid program is held at 34 sites statewide on a Sunday in February. College Goal Sunday is a time to receive free, professional help in completing your college financial aid application. You will need to bring your completed IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form, or other income and benefits information. Call 1-800-992-2076 for more information or visit the website: www.CollegeGoalSunday.org

CAREER COUNSELING AND CAREER CENTER

The counseling department encourages each student to begin establishing career goals upon entry to high school. Students are given career interest surveys and have access to career information through the Internet at school or home. Once a student decides on a career objective, the computer can direct him/her to schools nationwide appropriate to that career objective. Parents are encouraged to be a part of this process.