The Flintridge Sacred Heart promotes the holistic health and wellness of the school community with our Health & Wellness Center and the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services.
Counseling & Psychological Services
We recognize the personal and academic challenges that are common during the high school years and are here to offer additional support through individual as well as group counseling sessions for our students provided by a licensed mental health professional.
Additionally, we offer counseling information sessions for parents at various times throughout the school year, student assemblies and classroom presentations dedicated to topics relevant to students’ social and emotional health as well as clinical consultation with teachers and parents as needed.
Making Social-Emotional Wellness a Priority
Through our department we offer a variety of opportunities for students to focus on their mental well-being. From stress relief activities during finals week (that included puppies to pet) to our annual Mental Health Awareness Week, we provide activities, speakers, assemblies, and more emphasizing the importance social-emotional wellness for all of us.
In addition, opt-in “Mindful Moments” are provided to students by grade level. These small group sessions are designed to teach students how to handle their stress and other emotional challenges through mindfulness techniques. These sessions focus on self-awareness and self-regulation to empower students with skills for facing the obstacles that come their way throughout high school and beyond.
Our updated Learning Program for the 2020-21 school year maintains the existing structure of our daily block schedule with an added feature of “Wellness Wednesdays” to facilitate co-curricular programming and focus on the holistic experience that is central to a Flintridge Sacred Heart education.
On Wellness Wednesdays, there are no class meetings so we can facilitate the long-term goals of our club and co-curricular programming during a school day to maximize student energy and attention.
In addition, students can meet with their teachers, advisors, and our licensed therapist in an informal setting for more personalized learning during scheduled office hours on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
We have an established communication platform for digital meetings and interactions that will enhance the practicality of these gatherings alongside campus meetings and activities.
Health & Wellness Center
Our new Health and Wellness Center is located in a central location on campus to follow isolation protocols and mitigate the risk of contagion. The Center is complete with an isolation room, proper ventilation, and a full bathroom to allow for containment and frequent hand washing.
In addition to the new Health and Wellness Center, our on-site school nurse responds to all COVID-19 concerns, and is trained to coordinate the documentation and tracking of possible exposure. Changing guidance from CDC and local governance will be closely monitored and policies will be updated as changes occur.
Advising Assemblies: Connecting Now and Prepping for the Future
Flintridge Sacred Heart's Counseling and Advising departments host monthly assemblies, during which freshmen and sophomore students explore developmentally appropriate issues with the guidance of trained facilitators. Topics include creating and maintaining healthy relationships, drug/alcohol education, sleep and nutrition, setting goals, reflecting on academic performance and more. Some of the advising assemblies are designed to prepare students for the college counseling process that begins junior year.
Renewal for 2020-21
In the very unique 2020-21 school year, the assemblies will encompass the overall theme of “Renewal,” including sessions that deal with reconnecting with friends, classmates, and the school community at large. Diversity, equity and inclusion will be an important focus of discussion.
The first advising assembly is designed to start the year off right. Freshmen are introduced to advising at Flintridge Sacred Heart, review the sexual harassment reporting protocol, and explore learning styles within breakout groups. Sophomores participate in a student-led panel discussion on what to expect from tenth grade. They are then each paired with a junior to for one-on-one discussions about tenth grade.
Dr. Ani Katchadorian presents freshmen and sophomores with creative strategies to manage test anxiety. In separate breakout sessions, freshmen learn about the PSAT while sophomores learn about the pre-ACT.
The entire community is invited to participate in an assembly that focuses on concepts, themes, and important questions related to diversity. Student speakers share their experiences at the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference. All in attendance are encouraged to explore how diversity currently exists and could exist within the Flintridge Sacred Heart community.
Ed Devine, regional director of admissions from Lafayette College, introduces freshmen and sophomores to key aspects of the college admission process. Freshmen then review possible course options for the next school year and learn about high school transcripts. Sophomores see examples of solid high school resumes and work on updating their own resumes.
Mood Lifting Playlist
Curated by Juliana Gallant, our Director of Psychological Services, this Spotify playlist is filled with upbeat music, designed to increase happiness. Research supports the idea that music can be therapeutic and upbeat music can improve your mood.
Relaxation & Mindfulness
8 Relaxation Tips
We didn't make this video, but we love these ideas to support relaxation!
Mindfulness: Youth Voices
How to Make Stress Your Friend
Here's an interesting TedTalk on stress and how it can actually be a positive thing depending on how you look at it. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory, day and boarding school, educates young women for a life of faith, integrity, and truth.
Flintridge Sacred Heart admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and athletic and other school-administered programs.