School Counseling

Purpose Statement

Lancaster Mennonite’s School Counseling department facilitates the holistic development of all students by:

  • Assisting students in planning their educational careers through high school and beyond
  • Arranging educational services to students according to their unique learning needs
  • Supporting students in the midst of emotional/family stresses
  • Encouraging students to make responsible life decisions

Services are provided in a nurturing, pastoral environment, seeking to challenge students to lives of Christ-like mission, peacemaking and service in a global society.

School Counseling News

The School Counseling department sends a monthly newsletter, School Counseling News by email, starting in August. The School Counseling News provides parents with important information about tracking academic progress and preparation for life after high school. This includes information about testing, college fairs, course selection and more.

Course Selection

Each year, students select their courses, both requirements and electives, for the following school year. This is a process that involves the support of their parents, advisory group leader and school counselor. Typically students will take time in advisory groups to select courses for the following school year. Once the advisor and student select courses, the course selection form requires a parent signature. With parental approval, the course selection form is then submitted to the guidance office for the counselor’s final approval before being submitted.

Cooperative Courses

  • Lancaster County Career and Technology Centers
    In addition to offering its own technology courses, LMH participates with Lancaster Career and Technology Center for technology training. Certain courses may receive college credit through a special arrangement with Harrisburg Area Community College.
  • Pre-college Music Division of Millersville University (formerly known as the Gifted and Talented Program)
    LMH also has a special arrangement with Millersville University’s Pre-college Music Division for students who desire a special music focus in their curriculum. Students can take advanced music courses at nearby Millersville University during the school day that can be added to their high school transcript. An individualized plan is designed for each student. Some of the courses offered are independent lessons with college-level instructors, music theory and composition.

Senior Presentations

Students will maintain a vocational portfolio for the duration of their education at Lancaster Mennonite. Advisors guide students in reflection of their experiences and some portfolio pieces will occur in class. Students use documents from their portfolio to give a presentation in their senior year of high school. The goal of a senior presentation is for students to reflect on their life so far, appreciate those who have nurtured them and to anticipate their future.

The Portfolio and Presentation will help students to:

  • Discover their interests, skills, passion and God’s calling in their life, realizing that this discovery is a process and not a conclusion.
  • Reflect upon stewardship of God-given gifts and resources
  • Discern their personal characteristics and Christian ethics needed for a vocation
  • Become aware of how their potential career can be Christ centered and missional
  • Review their personal high school plan in light of their current vocational goals
  • Select post-secondary opportunities that match their personal vocational interests and goals

Advisory Groups

On Wednesdays, during period one, students meet in faculty-led advisory groups of about 15 classmates. Advisory groups serve to have students experience a rhythm of life that includes large and small group settings and interactions, to provide an avenue for students to interact with students outside their established circle of friends, to ensure that each LMH student has the opportunity to connect with a staff member, to provide an opportunity for sharing and prayer in a small group setting, and to oversee and hold the portfolio for each student’s work, which will culminate in the senior presentation.

Safe Environment Faith-based Program (PreK-12): Circle of Grace

Out of concern for all God’s people, Lancaster Mennonite School has a program for the safe environment education of children and young people called Circle of Grace. It is meant to supplement and be integrated into our current faith-based curricula to equip our children and young people by arming them with essential knowledge and skills grounded in Christian faith. This program helps children and young people to understand their own (and other’s) dignity in mind, body and spirit.

National Honor Society

LMH has a chapter of the National Honor society to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to encourage service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students at LMH in ways that support the mission of the school.

  • In the spring, sophomore and junior students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 are invited to submit the student information form for consideration for NHS membership.
  • In the fall, senior students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 are invited to submit the student information form for consideration for NHS membership.
  • Members shall maintain Honor Roll status each quarter of membership and continue to demonstrate positive qualities of character, leadership, and service.

Middle School Counseling

Students is grades 6-8 (middle school) also have school counseling services available to them.