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The WJHSD and all K-12 schools in the state of PA will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 - Friday, April 3 with online instruction beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020. Please visit the  Online Instruction Family Resource Page for more information.
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The mission of the West Jefferson Hills School District counseling program is to provide developmental and systematic support to each and every student to ensure their academic, career, personal, and social development and achievement. West Jefferson Hills School District counseling programs are proactive and preventative. They enhance learning by assisting students to acquire critical skills for life long learning and success. They strive to achieve professional standards and models for best practice in the field.

Counseling programs provide an array of interventions and support for students. These are delivered collaboratively with school staff, families, and members of the community to provide seamless transitions to each student's next steps. The program assists in the educational, career, and personal/social growth and community involvement of each student. The ultimate goal of the program is that each student from the West Jefferson Hills School District will graduate with the personal, academic, and career-related skills and knowledge to be able o make self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions in an increasingly complex world.

Philosophy Statement

West Jefferson Hills School District believes that our guidance and counseling program is an essential and integral part of our district's educational program. We understand that guidance and counseling is vital for our students to achieve personalized, relevant learning and to develop meaningful educational plans while in school and beyond. We believe that the academic, career, personal-social, and community involvement skills and knowledge that students need for success in schools and in life are attainable when guidance and counseling is provided in a consistent and developmental way for each and every student. We acknowledge that guidance and counseling is not a service offered by one person or department but a program coordinated with all educators in a building and articulated between buildings. We recognize that the program can involve parents and the broader community and content must be integrated into the curriculum.

Counseling Services

The Counselors are ready and eager to assist you in your endeavors throughout high school. The functions of the counselors will be unique to each student's needs. However, the primary goals of counseling and guidance at Thomas Jefferson will be to meet the developmental needs of students in the educational system for the realization of their maximum potential.

The functions of the counselors are varied. The following identify some of the services/activities that are rendered:

  • Provide individual counseling to students
  • Consult with school staff regarding students
  • Implement a system of student records
  • Establish orientation activities
  • Organize informational resources to provide a basis for students to make educational/vocational decisions
  • Administer and interpret the testing program
  • Serve as liaison with community agencies
  • Provide assistance for educational and vocational placement and planning
  • Serve as liaison to teachers for students and parents
  • Disseminate information pertinent to student's career planning (ie, open house programs, scholarships, etc.)

Southwest Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials

The scholarhsip will be awarded based upon academic merit, extracurricular acivities and leadership qualities.  $8,500 in scholarships will be awarded to  students.  Please submit the application packet, essay,2 (two) appplicant appraisal forms completed by teachers, clergy,counselors, etc. and transcript to the counseling office, Mr. Kilcoyne by deadline April 10, 2020 for committee selection.http://media.lt02.net/352/Users/17867/Southwest%20PASBO%20Scholarship%20Application%202020.pdf
Contact Us
Counseling Department
main: 412-655-8610
fax: 412-943-1172
Mrs. Yeager - ext. 6222
Counselor, Students A-G
Ms. Maple - ext. 6223
Counselor, Students H-O
Mr. Kilcoyne - ext. 6224
Counselor, Students P-Z
Mrs. Hornyak - ext. 6221
Counseling Office Secretary
Mrs. Lander - ext. 6230
Social Worker
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Post-Secondary Visits
For college admissions visits, we are now using Naviance's Rep Visits to schedule college visits. 
Admission counselors can schedule an appointment with our high school. We will have time in the middle of the day for students to choose activities and not miss any class time. We're hoping this will increase attendance at college rep. visits. 
If you are not part of Counselor Community, you can continue to schedule visits through Connie Hornyak between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visits will be scheduled every half hour during that time period.
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