High school counseling plays an important role in students transition to being an independent college student and adult. In addition to providing support for students’ affective development, counseling provides academic guidance and resources for planning a future beyond high school. Counselors schedule individual meetings with students to talk about their experiences in school as a matter of routine so that if a problem arises, they are comfortable scheduling an appointment to talk about the support they need at that time. Counselors also regularly visit classes to teach about stress management, work-life balance, career planning, and college readiness.
Meet the Counselor
Ms. Thompson has been a school counselor since 2005 and has been at Seoul International School since 2012. Ms. Thompson is from Charleston, South Carolina where she worked for seven years as a middle and high school counselor. In her free time she loves to travel, read, go to the beach, and spend time with friends and family.
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own,
No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.
The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey.
And you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
SIS offers after-school tutoring for middle and high school students who are interested in getting some extra help in a particular subject area. Students can request a student or a teacher as the tutor. There is also significant flexibility in the days, times, and duration of sessions so that students can feel free to design a program that works best for their needs. There is an hourly fee that is paid for in 8 hour blocks and the fee varies between teacher and student tutors. This service is not available for AP courses. For more information about requesting this service, please download the request form from the link below and submit it to the counseling office or contact the tutoring coordinator Amy Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSAT is short for Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test and is offered free of charge to all SIS students in the 10th and 11th grades. Participation is mandatory and it is administered every year in October. Because the test is designed to be diagnostic, students should not prepare for the PSAT other than to learn the math and reading skills from the regular SIS curriculum. The PSAT score should advise students on what things they should be studying in preparation for the SAT. Juniors will also be eligible for entrance into the National Merit Scholarship program based on their performance on the PSAT. For more information about the PSAT, visit the College Board website at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html
SIS is a closed testing center for the SAT. This means that only students at SIS are eligible for testing at this testing center. The SAT Reasoning test is offered 6 times each year from October to June. Students must register online and should visit the counseling office for assistance. For information about registration and access to the online registration form, students should visit http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register
Also known as the SAT Subject Tests, the SAT is designed to evaluate students’ knowledge of a specific content area. Just as with the SAT, SIS is a closed testing center for the subject tests and is authorized to administer these tests 6 times per year. Students may take as many as 3 exams at one session. Most colleges and universities require students to have taken 2 tests, but some do not require students to take any while some schools require 3 tests. SIS advises students to complete at least one basic course in the subject before attempting to sit for the SAT II in that subject area. Students register for these tests online and should visit the website for more information and registration at http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-subject/register