Guidance/Learning Support

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s guidance department provides many services to students and parents.  For more detailed information regarding all services provided, students and parents are encouraged click here

Academic Support (S1) and/or (S2)

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

One or two semesters, no credit.

This course provides students the opportunity to receive academic and organizational support in a supervised study hall format. This class supports students with a documented diagnosis that affects their ability to perform in a school setting.

College/Career Planning (S1) and (S2)

Two semester course, .5 credits each semester, required of all juniors.

The purpose of the College/Career Planning requirement is to provide students with the best possible support in choosing, applying for and committing to a college or university and potentially a career path. Following is an outline of the support BSM offers juniors by semester:

Semester One: The ACT score is a key metric used by colleges for both admissions decisions and scholarship awards. For this reason, BSM has partnered with Breakaway Test Prep to provide current juniors with a 13-week ACT and PSAT test preparation course during the school day. The course starts the week after Labor Day and runs for thirteen weeks. It meets once per week during the student’s BSM hour block day. Juniors will be exempt from their wellness requirement during first semester only, which allows them the time for both the ACT prep class and approximately one hour a week of homework for the test prep course. The goal of this first semester course is to help students do their very best on the ACT and PSAT tests. Providing the test preparation course during the school day makes it easier for all students to engage in a proven method of preparation. Students will receive a P (pass) / NP (no pass) grade, based on attendance and homework completion, on their academic transcript.

Semester Two: This semester course includes an all-day event on college and career planning, completion of a portfolio of work, and attendance at the BSM College Fair. During the all-day event students will attend sessions on a variety of helpful topics to aid them in the college planning and application process. Each student is required to complete a portfolio of work building on the information they receive at the event. Students will be required to use online resources to complete their portfolio. Students are required and parents are encouraged to attend an individual meeting with their guidance and college counselor. This meeting will be scheduled by the guidance office during the spring of junior year.  Students will receive a P (pass) /NP (no pass) grade, based on their portfolio, on their academic transcript.

Learning Lab (S1) and/or (S2)

One or two semesters, .5 credits per semester, open to freshmen.

Students have the opportunity to receive academic and organizational support in this study hall supervised by the learning specialist. Students will receive a P (pass) /NP (no pass) notation on their academic transcript. This class supports students with a documented diagnosis that affects their ability to perform in a school setting.

Quiet Study (S1) and/or (S2)

Open to all grade levels. One or both semesters. No credit.

Quiet Study is an option available to students during their BSM Hour. The student will create an individual organizational and support plan with their counselor.  

Teacher Assistant (S1) and/or (S2)

One semester, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. .5 credit. Students must carry the minimum course load for their grade level.

Students can use their expertise in a subject area by serving as an assistant to a teacher. Students should contact the instructor they are interested in assisting. Students are placed in TA positions two weeks after the start of the semester. Students will receive a P (pass) /NP (no pass) notation on their transcript.

Think, Learn, Communicate (TLC) (S1) or (S2)

One semester course, one credit, open to freshmen.

This is a real-world applied psychology course where students learn more about themselves and how to relate to others in a more effective way. In this course, students will strive to improve self-confidence, focus on personal development, and learn how to improve relationships with families and friends with the goal of reaching their full potential in high school and beyond. Specifically, the course includes three essential strategies for selfdiscovery:

  • Thinking-taking healthy risks, monitoring moods, attitudes and emotional IQ;
  • Learning-improve organization, goal setting, decision making, eliminating distractions and develop study skills;
  • Communication-improving listening assertiveness and conflict resolution skills.