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Guidance Counseling

Welcome to PVCICS’s guidance counseling webpage.  The school counseling department supports the mission of PVCICS by providing services that promote the development of all students in three domains: academic/technical achievement,   social/emotional growth, and college and career readiness.   The Massachusetts Model for School Counseling, based on the American School Counselor Association National Model, is the template used to create a comprehensive school counseling program.  The school counselors work in collaboration and in consultation with teachers, parents, administrators, school staff, and community partners to promote student success.

The comprehensive school counseling program is delivered through:

  • Classroom lessons
  • Individual student planning sessions
  • Individual and group counseling sessions
  • Small group
  • Workshops for parents and students

The content of a comprehensive school counselor program includes but is not limited to:

  • Academic planning 
  • College planning 
  • Career awareness, readiness and exploration 
  • Personal/Social Support, Prevention and Intervention
Counseling services are available to all students and parents to assist in educational, career, and social/personal matters. Individual student counseling is provided on a short-term basis. The counselors will furnish referrals for students and families to outside counseling agencies if the need for more lengthy or specialized services should arise. Counselors are members of the Response to Intervention Team (RTI) and Student Support Team (SST). The counselors assist each student in developing and implementing a successful high school and post-secondary plan that meet their individual goals and objectives. Students and parents should feel free to consult with the counselors at any time during the school year. During the year, the counseling department will organize programs and workshops for students and parents/caregivers to assist students in the post-secondary planning and financial aid process.  

The International Baccalaureate and College Admissions

Students and parents are often curious about how colleges view the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. The vast majority recognize the rigor of the IB curriculum and that it provides an international standard recognized worldwide. Each college factors the IB into their admissions decisions differently so be aware that how colleges award credit for IB courses will vary. PVCICS encourages parents and students to research the answers to these questions for each of the colleges of interest and counselors can assist in this process. For additional information on the IB and colleges, please visit the IBO website.

This is a working list so check it for any changes! 

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Work Permits:
In Massachusetts, students under 18 years of age need are required to obtain a work permit if they are seeking employment. 

Below are instructions:  For the application and detailed instructions click here.

Age 14 and 15: 

Step 1: Student obtains a valid job offer from employer and is instructed by employer to obtain a work permit. 

Step 2: Student obtains a “Work Permit Application for 14 and 15 Year Olds”. 

Step 3: Page 1 and 2 of the Work Permit Application are completed by: 

 Employer 
 Physician (Please note: Students may not submit copies of health or immunization records 
 Parent / Guardian signature 

Step 4: Return these completed pages to the PVCICS front office 

Step 5: Student is issued a work permit and presents completed work permit to employer. 

Age 16 and 17: 

Step 1: Student obtains a valid offer from employer and is instructed by employer to obtain a work permit. 

Step 2: Student is issued a work permit and presents completed work permit to employer. Note: Student must obtain their work permits in person as they are required to sign the permit in the presence of a member of the PVCICS staff. 

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