Counselors challenge each student to use his talents to reach his potential academically and socially. Each student will develop a sense of who he is, identify his talents and limitations, and create a post high school plan that reflects his strengths and draws on his experience.

The department believes that collaboration with the faculty (especially with Campus Ministry), with families, with colleges and universities, and with local community groups provides each student with a positive setting for healthy development.

School counselors meet with their students throughout the year individually and in groups to address specific areas of concern.

School Counseling Year-by-Year

List of 6 items.

  • Grade 7

    During Grade 7, students will receive an overview to School Counseling and cover important transitional topics such as goal setting, getting involved, and study skills. The study skills component will enable students to learn how to keep track of assignments, organize materials, manage time, take notes, and study for tests using a variety of techniques. Students will be able to identify their learning style and create an appropriate study plan.

    During second semester, group meetings will begin to move away from academic transitional issues and move toward a focus on relationships. Students will begin to examine their own identity, their peer relationships, and their family relationships. They will participate in identity formation activities that help them learn about strengths, weaknesses, and personality types. They will also participate in activities related to positive communication, appreciation of diversity, and conflict resolution.
  • Grade 8

    During Grade 8, students will learn the life skills that will enable them to maximize their individual and academic potential by learning about stress management, anxiety management, the importance of sleep, and how to develop a resilient attitude. Toward the end of the year, the School Counseling curriculum will focus on helping students in Grade 8 make a successful transition to high school. Students will hear from current Xaverian students, meet their high school counselor, and create a high school success plan.
  • Grade 9

    The focus of school counseling during freshman year is transition. Through the first semester, session topics include introductions, icebreakers, and an overview of the School Counseling program. As the year goes on, the program focuses on study skills, using an assignment notebook and time management.
  • Grade 10

    The focus of sophomore year is careers. Students learn how to sign up for our Family Connection Naviance Program and explore careers by taking personality and interest inventories.
  • Grade 11

    Focus on the college search process begins junior year. Beginning sessions include college overview, working with Naviance Family Connection and preparing transcripts and SAT scores. Students are encouraged to make college visits, attend college fairs, sharpen their resumes, and craft their essays.
  • Grade 12

    The School Counseling program culminates with navigating students through the college application process. The year begins with going over each student's individual timeline and college application checklist. The application process concludes with gathering recommendations and completing the Common Application.

Meet the Guidance Team

List of 6 members.

A private, Catholic, college preparatory day school for boys in grades 7-12. The Boston area prep school offers a rigorous academic curriculum, a well-developed campus ministry program focused on faith, character, and leadership, and a proud athletic tradition featuring competitive Division 1 high school athletics in the Catholic Conference.