The mission of Notre Dame’s Counseling Department is to provide comprehensive support for our students to complement their academic experience at Notre Dame.
Each student is assigned a counselor (based on the student’s last name) who will support the student around personal and academic issues. The counselor will work with this student for the duration of the student’s time at Notre Dame, and will be a resource for both the student and parent for four years. Personal/academic counselors will meet with each student in their caseload a minimum of once per semester, and as needed throughout the school year. Personal/academic counselors will track a student’s progress at each grading period, coordinate conferences with teachers as needed, and consult with the college counselor beginning in the junior year.
All students with last names A-H will see Heidi Rolfson
All students with last names I-P will see Leandra Peloquin
All students with last names Q-Z will see Heather Valentine
All students with college counseling needs will see Barbara Simmons
In the spring of junior year, each student and her parent(s) will meet with the college counselor for an individual family college advising appointment to prepare for college applications in the fall of senior year. As a senior, the student will meet with the college counselor in the fall, and as needed throughout the year, to ensure progress through the application process. College advising will also occur through various activities in the Friday mentoring period, as coordinated by the Counseling Department, as well as several workshops in the fall and spring related to college application activities such as essay writing and application submission.
Personal Counseling Resources