School Counseling

Welcome to the Mt. Ararat High School
Counseling Department!

We are happy that you have accessed our web page and hope you find this information to be helpful. 
We invite you to call or email your school counselors at any time. (207) 729-2951 Option 2

      Your MTA School Counselors are professional educators who provide Academic, Career and Personal/Social counseling.  We help students foster emotional growth, acquire positive social skills and set appropriate career goals.  Because we want our students to develop their unique potential, we work collaboratively with teachers, parents, administrators and community agencies.  We strive to assist our young people to raise their aspirations and achieve their post-secondary goals.  While supporting their emotional health needs our hope is that they become productive contributing members of the community.

 We assign students to school counselors alphabetically by last name as follows:

 Christy McAllaster (A - G)   Email:
Darcy Duncan      (H - O)  Email: [email protected]
Krista Chase         (P - Z)   Email: [email protected]

Darcy Baggett - social worker - Email: [email protected]

Academic Counseling
     We work with students to develop many skills including the following:  self-advocacy, problem solving, resiliency, promoting rigor and challenging to student curricula, adaptability to diverse teaching and learning styles.  We help students research their interests, skills, aptitudes in order to select appropriate coursework and career path.  We help facilitate communication between teachers and families as needed.
     Students should begin to think about their post-secondary plans seriously when in the 8th grade.  In March, students will register for the courses they plan to take in high school.  The courses taken and the tracks followed with have an impact on where students will be after they graduate.
     Students:  talk to you school counselor.  Are you interested in exploring a health career?  Do you love to write?  Ever thought about law as a career?  Make sure you are taking classes that will help you grow, are at the appropriate level of rigor, and are in keeping with your future plans.
     You and your parents should explore the requirements of 2 and 4 year colleges, the military, apprenticeships, technical education and more.  Your school counselor can help you find the online resources you need.  The classes you take in high school should closely match the requirements for admission to any of these programs.

Personal/Social Counseling
     School counselors provide short-term counseling opportunities to help students access their education.  In addition, we provide responsive services in personal and family crisis situations.  When conflicts arise, counselors help students negotiate peer relationships and foster positive decision making.  Support is provided to students through knowledge and awareness of social media.
     The School Counseling Department seeks to help students obtain appropriate support to maximize their educational potential.  These services are provided either directly by counselors or through referrals to in-school resources such as the school nurse, substance abuse counselor, Student Assistance Team, or Special Services staff. 
To enhance these services we also provide a list of community-based services.
     We celebrate diversity and work with students who struggle to fit in.

Post-Secondary/Career Planning
     Thinking about life after high school?  School counselors are here to assist!  Counselors can help you research colleges and post-secondary schools, find information about financial aid and scholarships, meet representatives from colleges and military branches and develop a plan for entering the workforce.
     For those choosing to apply to college, counselors work closely with seniors early in the year to begin the exciting college application process.  It is never too early to begin thinking about college.  Please talk to your counselor at any point during your high school career to begin exploring ideas!

Students are encouraged to log into their Naviance Family Connections account to access the most up-to-date scholarship list.  Click on the Colleges tab then scroll down to Scholarships and Money to view the list. Stop in to the School Counseling office for assistance.  In addition to the Brunswick Student Aid Fund, many local community organizations provide opportunities for students to apply for grants or scholarships.  Some are specific to the town where the student resides.  Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for.

Financial Aid Power Point Presentation.  Learn more about the Financial Aid process! Slides provided by Steve Joyce, Financial Aid School Support Partner. 

BASAF - Film - "Make A Difference" a film that explores the challenges local students face with funding post-secondary education.

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