The goal of the Counseling Center is to promote the spiritual, social, academic and emotional growth of each student. This is done through group sessions and individual conferences. Emphasis is placed on maximizing one's talents and abilities. College and career exploration is an important component of this process.
National Honor Society Peer Tutoring
Members of the National Honor Society are available for academic peer coaching and/or help with organization and study skills. Please print this form: NHS (PDF) and give it to your counselor. All information is kept confidential.
Assistance is also provided by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. A reading specialist is on campus Tuesdays and a math specialist is on Wednesdays.
This course is designed to support freshmen in the transition to high school. Seminar topics include foundational study skills, personal learning style identification, and strategies for becoming a responsible learner. During the second semester, students will become more familiar with content that will be covered on standardized tests. The goal of the course is to present practical tools for freshmen to utilize and build upon throughout their high school experience.
Sophomore Career Class
Sophomores will meet once a cycle with the Counseling Department to discuss and explore potential career opportunities. Students will utilize the Naviance program* to take a variety of personal assessments in an effort to direct their college and career searches. *Naviance is a software tool specific to Gwynedd Mercy that is designed to assist with the college and career exploration process.
Junior and Senior College Advising Courses
Juniors will meet once a cycle to discuss relevant topics related to the college search and application process. The first semester will focus on helping students become more familiar with standardized tests and formats by utilizing the Method Test Program available through GMAHS's Naviance website. The second semester will highlight different areas of interest and offer suggestions for consideration as one navigates through the college search and application process. This will include, but is not limited to, the following topics: Naviance as a tool in the college search, the college visit, the college interview, the Common Application, developing activities resumes, and characteristics of colleges/universities that constitute a good fit for the student. Seniors will meet once a month for the first half of the year to discuss relevant topics related to completing the college application process. This course will cover guidelines for initiating the college application process at GMAHS, creating college application checklists and timelines, and utilizing Naviance as an application tracking tool, while continuing to explore their college options. Time will also be devoted to education and research of scholarship and financial aid (FAFSA) opportunities.
- College Application Process
- Campus Visits
- Admissions Interview
- Sample Interview Questions
- The College Essay
- Summer Application Camp
- Summer College Tour
Call the admissions office and make an appointment for an interview (if necessary), campus tour, or to meet with a financial aid officer (if applicable). Whether you have scheduled a visit, or you are just stopping by the campus because you are in the area, be sure to make the admissions office aware of your visit. This demonstrates interest and can go a long way!
Typically, students begin visiting colleges in the spring of their junior year. For the most realistic experience, make every effort to visit while the college is in session. However, this may not always be feasible and visiting during the summer is an acceptable alternative.
While on your visit, it is important to ask questions and pay attention to your surroundings. Be careful not to focus on minor aspects of the visit - weather conditions, tour guide's personality, tour group.
For admissions personnel, the objective of conducting interviews with potential applicants is to gain more information about the student in addition to their application. It is also a tool for assessing a student's interest in their institution.
For prospective students, the goal is to expand upon your application and illustrate why you would be an asset to the student body. It is also an opportunity to clarify any weaknesses that may appear in your record.
In preparation for the interview, it is a good idea to research the college or university and be prepared to ask and answer questions. Bring an unofficial transcript and standardized test scores with you. Be on time and dress appropriately - not too dressed up, but not too casual. Most often you will interview alone, however, sometimes parents are invited to join. Be yourself and answer the questions to the best of your ability. If you aren't sure of an answer, don't be afraid to say so. Explain weaknesses in a direct manner without making excuses. Do not complain or put down your high school or teachers. If you are asked what other schools you are applying to, mention a few that are similar. Have a few questions prepared for the interviewer, that cannot be found on the website or admissions literature. When finished, thank the interviewer by name. Within a few days, send a personal thank you card to the interviewer and mention something significant that you learned from the conversation.
Why do you think this may be the right college for you?
How did you learn about us?
What are you thinking of majoring in? Why?
What are your future plans? How do you see yourself ten years from now?
What have you liked or disliked about your high school? What would you change if you could?
What would you like us to know about you?
What newspapers and/or magazines do you read? How often?
What book have you read outside of school that you really enjoyed? Why?
What do you enjoy watching on television?
Tell us about your family.
How do you spend your time when you're not in school? Weekdays and weekends?
What extra-curricular activities have you enjoyed the most?
If you had an opportunity to interview any prominent person - living, deceased, or fictional - whom would you choose and why?
What is the best advice you've ever received?
University of Pennsylvania
Identify a person who has had a significant influence on you and describe that influence.
No matter what the essay topic, the applicant should be sure to answer the question in such a way that it relates to your life and experiences, and is a true reflection of who you are. It is very important to have someone read and critique your essays objectively. The process of writing a college essay is covered in both junior and senior English classes. Please know that faculty are always willing to review a student's essay.
In the summer, rising seniors will be offered the opportunity to get ahead in the college application process by attending a four-day College Application Camp. Two sessions will be offered to accommodate students’ schedules; each day, the same session will run from 9:00am-noon. By the end of the week, students will complete the Common Application, build an Activities Resume and draft a college essay that will be reviewed by an actual admissions representative. Students will leave the camp feeling accomplished and ready to take on senior year.
For more information, please click: Summer Camps
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School has partnered with EF Tours to provide summer college tours for rising juniors and seniors. The purpose of these educational trips is to offer our students a unique opportunity to explore college options under the supervision and direction of members of the counseling staff. Along with a professional tour guide from EF, GMAHS counselor chaperones will guide students on official campus tours and information sessions, as well as the communities that surround each campus. Every other summer we will pick different destinations.
Summer 2016 - Boston
Summer 2018 – D. C., Maryland, and Research Triangle