Holy Child takes a balanced approach to our students' wellness. We want girls to feel empowered to take risks, but to also feel safe to make mistakes.
We prioritize every part of our students' development, because intellectual and academic success can only happen when she feels secure, confident, and happy. Our girls will be safe to take the risks needed for true intellectual and personal growth.
We want all of our girls to develop a love of learning that persists long after she leaves us, as well as the confidence, resiliency, and strong faith to guide her through life. To ensure this, each of our students has a network of adults invested in her success. Advisors, deans, faculty members, coaches, and administrators all work together to provide our students with the resources and support they need. We guide our girls as they make important academic decisions, and develop healthy and strong peer relationships.
WELLNESS AND STUDENT COUNSELING
The goal of the wellness and student counseling program at Holy Child is to improve the health and well-being of the Holy Child community by establishing a comprehensive and fully integrated program that focuses on the six dimensions of wellness: spiritual, environmental, physical, social, intellectual and emotional. Through a series of wellness initiatives, the Wellness Team is able to support the well-being of the entire community.
The Wellness Team works to develop various programs that educate and enrich the community. Both the Upper School and Middle School have peer mentoring programs that help incoming classes assimilate and acclimate to Holy Child with the guidance and support of the older students. The Team also works closely with the advisory program to understand and address the specific needs of the girls throughout the year.
All students are required to take health class. Holy Child offers a comprehensive health and wellness curriculum for grades 5 through 12 that is developmentally and age appropriate for each grade level. Advisory, Human Relations, and College Counseling times are periodically dedicated to conducting expanded Wellness education in both the Middle School and Upper School. Furthermore, we host a number of speakers each year to educate students and faculty about handling the social and emotional challenges of growing up in our current society.
The school counselor is available to all the students and coordinates with each student's advisor, teachers, and parents to address any challenges or concerns the student is facing as well as to provide support when needed.
The advisor program is an integral part of the school-family relationship. Each student has a faculty advisor who oversees her academic and personal growth. The advisor serves as the liaison between the family and the school. Parents are encouraged to contact their daughter’s advisor whenever there is a question about academic, social, or personal issues. Time spent in advisor group meetings is used for a variety of planned activities, discussion topics, and social time.
In the Middle School, a student’s homeroom teacher serves as her advisor. Middle School students report to their advisor three mornings per week upon arrival at school, in addition to an advising period that meets during the school day.
Challenged and Supported
At Holy Child, students are not afraid to take risks. They investigate chemical reactions in science courses, and interpret complex texts in English class. They construct logical arguments, and identify sound reasoning in courses in rhetoric and religious studies. Holy Child girls are encouraged to become the best version of themselves.
As girls gain a broad base of knowledge through their core courses, a variety of electives and signature programs provide an in-depth study of key areas of interest. The desire to explore, collaborate, research, present and reflect is what defines a Holy Child student.
Dr. Delaney Ruston is a documentary filmmaker, primary care physician, and mother of teenagers. She created the film "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" to examine the impact of growing up with constant access to the digital world.
Holy Child students viewed the film, then Dr. Ruston led an important discussion on screen time, mental health, and embracing vulnerability.
Dr. Ruston also joined parents and community members for a Q&A after an additional screening of the film.