Counseling Center

School Counseling

Upon enrollment at CBHS, students are assigned a primary counselor who is available for academic, personal, and career counseling. CBHS counselors are partners in student achievement and meet regularly with students to assess and monitor academic progress. Counselors are also available to support students in addressing personal, social-emotional issues, or anything that affects the student and his ability to achieve to his fullest potential. Counselors often use a collaborative approach involving the student, his parents, faculty, and at times professionals in the community, to promote his learning and development. Students may be referred by teachers and parents, or a student may self-refer by requesting an appointment via email or by filing out a request for appointment in the CBHS Counseling Center.

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  • Academic Assistance

    Teachers... The First Resource
    Always contact your son’s teacher first. If you need additional assistance you may contact the Head of the Department (listed first under the department heading) or your son’s school counselor. For Faculty Office Hours, click here.

    Academic Peer Mentoring Program 
    The Academic Peer Mentoring Program is designed for any student who needs extra support outside of the classroom.  The program will:
    • Evaluate the student’s current study habits
    • Encourage development of effective study habits tailored to the individual student
    • Provide academic assistance with homework and preparing for tests
    Contact your school counselor for referral to the Academic Peer Mentoring Program.  Students will be matched with an academic peer mentor based on meeting times, academic needs, interests, and involvements. 

    Math Lab
    Please remind your sons that the peer-led Math Lab meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:15 a.m. and Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. for any student needing help in Math. Students should also contact their teachers if they are having difficulty in any subject and seek peer tutoring through their academic counselor.

    Language Lab

    Details TBD

    One Search
    One Search is the premier one-stop resource for source information for papers, essays, class projects, and research topics. It can be accessed at (Login is required if accessing ONE SEARCH off campus). For additional help, e-mail Mrs. Patty Scully at

    Study Skills:
    Students are encouraged to contact their teachers or counselors for help in improving their study skills. A study skills tutorial is also available online through “High School Success Schools” in Prep Step. 

    Access “Fostering Your Teen’s Success” here.  Presented at the Oct. 24 Parent’s Association meeting, the presentation by Ben Boeving, ADHD Consultant, provided a wide array of suggestions for helping students stay focused, be organized, and reach their academic goals… great tools for all students!
  • Parent Education

    CBHS hosts speakers throughout the school year for parent and student education including topics such as the developing teenage brain, drug and alcohol addiction, and factors influencing the motivation and development of adolescent males.
  • Confidentiality

    Counselors seek to maintain professional guidelines of confidentiality for student-counselor contacts. Exceptions to confidentiality occur when there is reason to believe that a student poses a danger to themselves or someone else, and in cases of suspected abuse or neglect. 
  • Drugs & Alcohol

    Christian Brothers High School regards the use, possession, or sale of any illegal substance, including alcohol, synthetic drugs, and prescription drugs, as a situation of major concern both for the individual and for our other students. If it is determined that a student at CBHS is in possession of or under the influence of any illegal substance or has provided or distributed any illegal substance to other students, he may be dismissed from CBHS immediately. If the student is not immediately dismissed, the student will be immediately suspended from all classes until a meeting with his parents/guardians and the school administration can take place. Upon the student’s return to CBHS, whether he has received treatment or not, he must maintain the standards and regulations of the school, or he will be asked to withdraw from CBHS immediately.

    During the course of the school year, ALL students will be randomly selected for drug testing at least once. All results are confidential. After the initial testing, each student’s name will be placed back into a pool for further random testing. If a student tests positive, the Associate Principal for Student Formation will meet with his parents and inform them of the results. The student will be tested again after 90 days, extending even into summer vacation at the family’s expense. A second positive test result during a student's enrollment at CBHS will result in expulsion.

    CBHS provides several outreach programs to discourage the use of illegal drugs and alcohol and to encourage the CBHS student to lead by example in this area. When possible, CBHS will cooperate in helping individual students who experience prolonged absences for substance abuse treatment. (See “Counseling – Students Enrolled in Outpatient Programs” in the CBHS Handbook.) Parent education programs take place throughout the school year to guide parents/guardians as mentors to their sons. A list of events follows: - Freshmen and transfer students/guardians and their parents must attend a drug/alcohol awareness - session in the first semester. - Before the Homecoming Dance and Prom, students are required to meet with the Principal in an assembly to discuss safe behaviors. - Before the Prom an evening parent meeting is held to discuss drug/alcohol awareness with parents/guardians of students attending the prom. - Religion and Ethics classes give instruction each year on moral issues involved with drug/alcohol abuse. Additionally, freshman and sophomore students study health issues related to alcohol/drug use in classes. - Parents/guardians and students are actively encouraged to sponsor and participate only in alcohol/drug free events for their children and to have adult chaperones present and visible whenever hosting student-attended gatherings in their homes. - Before dances and athletic events, students are randomly tested on a breathalyzer to gain admission to the event. The chaperones for a school dance or athletic event may breathalyze any CBHS student based upon suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol.
  • Safe Home Pledge

    CBHS recognizes the role of parents in providing safe home environments to create healthy social opportunities for our students.  We ask that each CBHS parent agree to provide active chaperones who remain informed of what is occurring throughout events that are hosted at their homes and to ensure that students do not have access to, nor engage in the consumption of alcohol or drugs.
  • Contacting Counselors

    Who do I contact if my son is having difficulty in a class?
    Always contact your son’s teacher first. If you need additional assistance you may contact the Head of the Department or your son’s school counselor.
    Who do I contact if I my son is having difficulty adjusting?
    If you have any concerns about your son’s well-being, or if there are changes at home that you’d like the school to be aware of, please contact your son’s school counselor. The counselor’s name is located on your son’s contact card that can be accessed by logging into the CBHS website.
  • Graduation Requirements

    Credits required for Graduation: 4 Religion/Ethics 4 English 4 Mathematics 3 Science 3 Social Studies (1 U.S. History, 1 World History, 1 other Social Studies course) .5 Economics 1 Fine Arts 1 Wellness 4.5 Electives * ,  25  TOTAL CREDITS
  • October College Exam Preparation: PreACT & PSAT

    On Wednesday, October 30, the following tests will be administered to freshman, sophomore, and junior students. This Test Day is determined by the national date for the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

    Administered to
    all juniors and other selected students, this test measures critical reading, mathematical, and writing skills. It also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for juniors.

    Freshmen and Sophomores
    This test follows the format of the ACT and measures achievement in English, mathematics, science reasoning, and reading.
  • College Entrance Exams: ACT & SAT

    Colleges and universities accept either the ACT or SAT Reasoning test in reviewing applications for admission. It is recommended that students take the ACT and/or the SAT during winter or spring of junior year. They may also decide to take the tests again during senior year. The student's score report is mailed to his home, and CBHS also receives a copy. It is the student's responsibility to send his ACT and SAT scores to colleges. Students are encouraged to consult with their counselor to determine which test(s) to take.  Students register for the ACT at and for the SAT at

    Subtests include English, mathematics, science reasoning, and reading. An optional writing subtest was added in February 2005. Scores range from 1- 36.

    SAT Reasoning Test
    Subtests include critical reading and mathematics reasoning with scores on each subtest ranging from 200 to 800. The required writing subtest was added in March 2005.

    SAT Subject Tests
    Some selective colleges may also require two or three of these subject tests for admission or placement.

    In addition to ACT/SAT tutoring and classes, students may access ACT/SAT tutorials and practice tests through our Prep Step online library resource.

    Below are links that will take you to ACT and SAT testing accommodations sites. If you have questions regarding ACT and SAT extended time testing, please contact your son’s counselor.

  • ACT and SAT Extended Time Testing

    The ACT and the SAT are national standardized college admissions tests. Any college in the U.S. will accept the ACT or the SAT for college admissions consideration. Both the ACT and the SAT allow qualified students extended time testing. To be eligible to apply for extended time testing, several circumstances are necessary.
    1. The student must have a psychological-educational evaluation stating that he has a learning deficit or a learning disability and that, in the opinion of the evaluator, the student requires extended time on national standardized tests. A letter alone from a physician or a psychologist stating that a student has a learning deficit or a learning disability will not suffice.
    2. The psychological-educational evaluation must be current. The ACT will consider evaluations that have taken place within the past 3 years; the SAT will consider evaluations that have taken place within the past 5 years.
    3. The student must be currently eligible for or receiving extended time on tests and exams at his high school.
    If your son has a current psychological-educational evaluation on file with us recommending that he receive extra time on national standardized tests, it is important that he apply for extended time testing no later than the second semester of his junior year.

    To apply for ACT or SAT extended time testing, your son’s first step is to meet with his counselor. We are required to complete special forms and provide documentation that will accompany your son’s application for extended time testing. Since applying for special accommodations is a time consuming process, students must meet with counselors to request extended time testing on the ACT or the SAT at least 2 weeks before the registration deadline.

    Please be aware that students apply for extended time testing. Simply because a student has documentation indicating that requires extended time does not mean that he will automatically receive it. The ACT and the SAT ultimately determine who qualifies for extended time testing. It is also important to note that applying to the ACT or the SAT for extended time testing is a separate process. If a student qualifies for extra time on one test, this by no means indicates that he will be granted extended time on the other.

    Below are links that will take you to ACT and SAT testing accommodations sites. If you have questions regarding ACT and SAT extended time testing, please contact your son’s counselor.

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  • Advanced Placement Exams

    Any student enrolled in an Advanced Placement course is required to take the College Board AP Exam. Each exam costs $87. Payment is due November 1. College Board does provide fee reductions for students with demonstrated financial need. Exams are administered at CBHS on national test dates in May. Satisfactory scores, as determined by each college/university, may result in college credit. Scores range from 1-5.

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    Janet Hill 

    Director of Counseling & Parent Resources
    Auburn University - Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
    Auburn University - M.S. Clinical Psychology
    Birmingham-Southern College - B.A. Psychology and Business Administration
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    Erin Brick 

    Learning Specialist
    University of North Florida - Bachelor of Arts in Education
    University of Memphis - Master of Science in Leadership and Policy Studies
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    John Cady 

    Counselor - De La Salle Scholar Program
  • Photo of James Pletcher

    James Pletcher 

    University of Delaware - BS in Health/Physical Education/Recreation
    Springfield College - MEd. Guidance and Psychological Services
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    Michael Skirius 

    The University of Tennessee - B.A. Psychology
    The University of Memphis - M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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    Sherry Orians 

    Records Secretary
Online ACT & SAT registration can be accomplished through the links below:

Christian Brothers High School Code: 431395

It is the student's responsibility to send test scores to colleges. ACT and SAT scores are not on CBHS transcripts.