Sunday, June 17, 2018
York Suburban High School (9-12)
1800 Hollywood Dr, York PA 17403 Phone: 717.885.1270 FAX: 717.885.1271
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Guidance Curriculum

In addition to individual services offered in the Guidance Office for students, the counselors also provide group classes for each grade level.  Below is a decription, by year, of the Guidance Curriculum.


9th Grade Guidance Curriculum

3 class periods - no credit


Counselors meet with all freshmen during the first day of school to promote a smooth transition to high school.  This initial orientation provides a forum for discussing counseling appointments, study skills, work habits, questions, and concerns, with the goal of encouraging student adjustment.


An additional class period is devoted to self-awareness.  Strengths and needs, personal effectiveness, and learning styles are assessed.  The goal of this session is for students to become more aware of who they are and what they need to do to become more successful, both as a person and a student.  Every student takes a learning styles inventory.  The different types of learning and studying are discussed, as are specific learning and studying strategies.  Results will be mailed home to parents. 


During the third session of the school year, students are introduced to the course selection process.  Graduation requirements are reviewed.  Counselors take this opportunity to have students map out a four-year plan, placing emphasis on the courses that are offered at every level. 


Counselors also administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to all freshmen during health classes.  The Myers-Briggs provides students with insight into personality characteristics and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.


10th Grade Guidance Curriculum

2 class periods - no credit


During the sophomore year, students will participate in two guidance classes.  The first guidance class will focus on Career Exploration in conjunction with the COIN computer program.  Students will complete an interest inventory.  Results will be mailed home to promote career discussion. 


The second guidance class will focus on the world of work and current occupational information and trends.


In addition to the sophomore curriculum, counselors will promote shadowing experiences with students in an effort to facilitate career awareness.  


11th Grade Guidance Curriculum

3 class periods - no credit


The junior guidance curriculum consists of three sessions.  In September, the junior year testing timetable is introduced along with an explanation of the various tests - PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, etc.  Transcripts are distributed and discussed.  Meeting with college representatives in the guidance office and attending College Night is strongly recommended.


During session two, students are taken to the computer lab to become familiar with college search programs.  After entering the criteria that are important to them, students produce an initial list of 8-10 schools to discuss with parents.  Students are also introduced to the college, business/technical school information, handbooks, catalogues, videos, etc., available in the guidance office.


During the last session, all students prepare a resume for college and/or employment purposes.


Career Shadowing:

An important component of the junior year is the emphasis on shadowing experiences - i.e. following someone in a career of possible interest throughout a typical work day.  The guidance office has a list of sites and employers that welcome students.  Students will interview the employee and fill out an information sheet.  Shadowing experiences are set up in individual conferences with the counselor.



12th Grade Guidance Curriculum

2 class periods - no credit


Through the senior guidance curriculum, students complete two individual class sessions which are taught throughout the course of the school year.  In early September, seniors will have an opportunity to become familiar with the college selection process and application submission procedure, requesting letters of recommendation, essay writing, college interviews, college visitations, and scholarship searches.  Following the initial class period, students work closely with their guidance counselor to complete the application process.


The second session is completed in mid-May and is devoted to promoting a successful transition from high school to college with a candid discussion of college life with York Suburban alumni, as well as college personnel.


The York Suburban School District is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, marital status or handicap, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Action of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in its activities, educational and vocational programs and in its recruitment and employment practices. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA and the implementing regulations may be referred to the Superintendent, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403, telephone (717) 885-1210.