Academics

Counseling Department

From Our Counseling Team

Magnificat's Counseling Department has over 50 years of collective experience and brings a wealth of knowledge ranging from academic and college planning to mental health and crisis intervention. We are looking forward to sharing our knowledge and passion while we work individually with your students and in small groups during Compass Classes and Advisory. It is our goal to tailor interactions with students and provide thoughtful and meaningful content in small-group settings.

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  • Our Commitment

    In keeping with the Magnificat High School Mission statement “…to educate young women holistically to learn lead and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat” and the American School Counseling Association Code of Ethics, our professional school counselors at Magnificat High School are committed to meeting the students’ needs in three domains: academic, personal/social and college/career.
  • Our Philosophy

    Our philosophy is embedded in the Mission of Magnificat, as we strive to meet each student’s needs personally, academically and in the career/college process. We have a commitment to each student to treat her holistically. Counselors collaborate with faculty and parents, forming a partnership in their roles as co-educators. The Counseling Team is committed to integrating mental health and other relevant topics in small groups while tailoring individual conversations to meet the needs of each unique student experience.
  • Accreditation

    Magnificat High School is accredited by the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Associationand is chartered by the Ohio State Department of Education. It holds membership in the National Catholic Education Association, National Association for College Admissions Counseling, NAIS, National Coalition of Girls Schools, Ohio Association for College Admissions Counseling and the College Board, Secondary School Division. Magnificat High School has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as an Exemplary School.
The Magnificat High School counseling program seeks to assist each student in meeting her individual needs as she strives to become a young woman who learns, leads and serves in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat. Counselors not only provide counseling services to students, but also assist faculty and parents in any way possible in their roles as co-educators.

The comprehensive Counseling Department serves students in three primary areas that are rooted in the American School Counseling Association’s (ASCA) model; academic, personal/social and college/career.

Each student has a weekly Compass class with her school counselor as part of her schedule. Seeing students on a weekly basis allows the counselors to form close relationships with the students. Counselors are also available to students on an individual basis.

Our programming also involves parent education in regard to planning for college, beginning in the sophomore year. College admission and financial aid professionals are part of the programming.

College Counseling Strengths

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  • Academic

    • Counselors provide individual advising in selecting high school coursework.
    • The goal is for each student to be challenged at the level that is appropriate to their individual ability.
    • Counselors collaborate with the Student Success Center for additional support.
  • Personal & Social

    • Our department has 5 full-time licensed counselors who have master’s degrees in counseling and are skilled in supporting students with social and emotional difficulties.
    • Students can have individual confidential counseling sessions with their school counselors whenever needed.
    • Counselors make referrals to community counselors and psychologists when student needs reach beyond the scope of school counseling. We work collaboratively with these professionals to ensure academic, personal and emotional growth.
  • College & Career

    • All students receive accounts for Naviance, an on-line program for college planning, that they will use throughout their four years.
    • Freshmen complete the three learning style self assessments
    • Sophomores will complete two career interest inventories through Naviance
    • Freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9
    • Sophomores will take the PSAT and the Pre-ACT
    • All students will build resumes in Naviance and research colleges
    • Juniors take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
    • Seniors have college application workshops during their Compass classes with their school counselors, which meets several times per month
    • Students have individual college conferences with their counselors during the spring of their junior year and fall of their senior year

Student Support Services

  • Consults with staff and parents regarding the social/emotional well-being of students
  • Provides direct social/emotional support to students
  • Conducts psychoeducational assessments used in the determination of eligibility for accommodation plan services
  • Supervises and supports students on academic plans, works individually with students
  • Serves for a resource for parents and teachers
Visit our Student Support Services page to learn more. Magnificat is a proud Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship provider.

Meet the Counseling Team

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Adrianne Grand, M.Ed., LPCC-S
Director of Counseling
agrand@maghs.org
B.A., Allegheny College
M.Ed., Duquesne University

Meredith Bertin, M.Ed., LPCC
School Counselor
mbertin@maghs.org
B.A., The Ohio State University
M.Ed., Ohio University & Cleveland State University

Jessica Roth McCoy ’04, M.Ed.
School Counselor 
jroth@maghs.org
B.A. & M.Ed., Xavier University

Megan Sturgeon, M.Ed.

School Counselor
msturgeon@maghs.org
B.A., Xavier University
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University

Elisa Talmage, MA

School Counselor
etalmage@maghs.org
B.A., Cornerstone University
M.A., Western Michigan University

Cathy Coyne

Administrative Assistant
ccoyne@maghs.org
 

Contact the Counseling Department: 440-331-3595

College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus (CCP) is Ohio’s dual enrollment program that provides students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from Ohio colleges or universities. Click the links below for more information.

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Magnificat High School, a girls' Catholic college-preparatory high school, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, educates young women holistically to learn, lead, and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat.