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Our belief is for all students to have access to a comprehensive, developmentally-designed school counseling program as an integral and important part of the overall education at Catholic Central High School.

Office hours:  Monday – Friday during the academic year, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Extended office hours available by appointment

Phone: 616-233-5810

Our Program Expectations

  • A personalized education extending beyond the classroom invites students to develop lifelong skills that can allow them to be leaders in their faith communities and the marketplace
  • A collaborative effort among school counselors, administration, and teachers to coordinate with the parents and the community to support students from the transition to high school to post-secondary choices
  • Classroom lessons, activities, and counsel are based upon the American School Counselor Association’s National Standards, which incorporate the academic, career and personal/social domains
  • Use various assessments and data collection to develop and continually evaluate program effectiveness

Personal Counseling

  • The Guidance Office works closely with teachers and administration to provide a network of help and resources to aid a struggling student and family.  Counselors are well-equipped and trained to provide personal counseling through academic difficulties, familial changes, and individual or community crises. Lastly, the Counseling curriculum is designed to collaborate with existing courses such as Religion classes and Health to incorporate faith-based decision-making skills and knowledge of mental health resources.
    The following community agencies are part of the local options for students and their families in addition to private practice therapy:
    • Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services (Student Assistance Program) – 800-442-0809
    • Catholic Charities of West Michigan – 616-456-1443
    • Christian Counseling Center – 616-956-1122
    • Forest View Hospital – 616-942-9610
    • Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan – 616-389-8601
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
    • Network 180 – 616-336-3909
    • Bethany Christian Services – 616-224-7550
    • Pregnancy Resource Center – 616-456-6873
    • OK2say –

Curriculum Guide

The curriculum guide is a listing of our course offerings by department as well as other useful information such as the school prayer, graduation requirements, grading scale and explanation, and additional resources.

Click Here to view the 2023-24 curriculum guide. 

2022-23 School Profile


  • School/CEEB code: 231685
  • Incoming 9th grade and 9th grade (current): PSAT 8/9 – An aptitude test from the College Board within the SAT suite of assessments. Intended to measure what students learn in school and need to succeed in college. It consists of reading/writing and math. 
  • 10th grade: PSAT – Used as a predictive assessment for the SAT; Offered as a practice test prior to taking it during 11th grade.
  • 11th grade: PSAT – Used as the National Merit Scholarship Competition Qualifying Test and practice SAT measuring Critical Reading/Writing and Mathematics.
  • ACT: Given at various locations on six national test dates; may be taken multiple times.  It assesses English, Mathematics, Reading and Science achievement and is recommended during the spring semester of 11th grade and the fall semester of 12th grade.  An optional Writing test is recommended in addition to the standard test for most college admission criteria. Information regarding specific test dates, locations and fees are best found on the official ACT website-
  • SAT: Given at various locations (typically hosted at CCHS) on seven national test dates (different than ACT); may be taken multiple times.  It assesses Critical Reading/Writing and Mathematics and is recommended during the spring semester of 11th grade as well as during the fall semester of 12th grade.  Information regarding specific test dates, locations and fees are best found on the official College Board website-


  • Transcripts reflect the following information: student names, address, birthdate, gender, i.d. #, current grade level, diploma date (when applicable), cumulative grade point average (GPA), courses taken by academic year, credit-granting institution(s), course name/number, mark (grade earned), weight (grade value), individual course credit (by semester) plus total credits (by academic year).
  • Verbal, written or electronic requests may be made for transcripts in two forms:
  • Official:  The transcript is considered ‘official’ when transmitted directly from the high school to the post-secondary institution or other requesting agency such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), etc.  A secure server is used to send transcripts electronically.
  • Unofficial: An unsigned or unsealed transcript is not considered ‘official’.  The office may provide an unofficial transcript directly from the student management system Infinite Campus or from a final hard copy (post-graduation).
  • For the purpose of College Admission: CCHS seniors must request all transcripts for college applications through their individual Scoir account.
  • For the purpose of Alumni transcripts: Graduates of CCHS must request transcripts by using the Parchment link below

Alumni transcripts: Graduates of CCHS may request transcripts by using the Parchment link below.


  • Counselors will initiate contact with students regarding the following:
  • Course registration and scheduling conflicts
    • Academic concerns upon referral from parents, teachers, students, or progress reports
  • Personal concerns relating to behavior, peers, etc., upon referral from administration, parents, teachers, or students
  • Individual follow-up to Guidance-led classroom lessons, including a Junior conference for college planning
  • Counselors will communicate with students and parents regarding college selection and admissions, standardized testing, career development, and financial aid information in the following ways:
  • School announcements and Focus sessions
  • Scoir messages online
  • Email/letters home
  • Group informational meetings
  • Individual meetings

Counselors will make referrals to outside agencies and services for special needs and circumstances such as:

  • Academic tutoring/test preparation
  • Personal counseling
  • Job shadow opportunities
  • Paying for college

Counselors provide the following programs for college and career readiness:

9th grade – intro to Scoir, establish goal-setting, take career interest inventory, administer PSAT 8/9 test and review scores, parent informational meeting

10th grade – invite to college rep visits and local college fair(s), administer PSAT test and review scores, facilitate career exploration with career profiler assessment with individual career counseling and job shadowing, parent informational meeting

11th grade – invite to college rep visits and local college fair(s), administer PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as well as promote national ACT and SAT, conduct college search kick-off and individual Jr conferences, promote national SAT test administrations, create College Game Plan, parent informational meeting

12th grade – facilitate college admissions application process with deadlines and transcript/recommendation submissions, provide parent informational meetings for application process and Financial Aid informational meeting, conduct pre-graduation meetings in Spring

College/Post-Secondary Planning

College planning begins before a student enters Catholic Central High School. Good study habits, observing the world of work and simply talking about higher education are valuable actions taken in earlier grades.  Our academic advising and Counseling curriculum supports every student to be college-ready. Counselors officially start college research and planning in 11th grade. Juniors and Seniors are invited to work with our College Counselor to find the best options for a college “fit”.

The following resources and activities are available to all students and their parents primarily throughout 11th and 12th grades:

  • College research
  • College Fairs
  • College Representative visits
  • College Campus tours
  • Resources on how to pay for college
  • Information on gap year, military service, and the NCAA
  • Career Exploration

All students will complete exercises in Career Exploration led by the school counselors in partnerships with the Director of Innovation & STEAM program.  The following resources are utilized:

PrinciplesYou – Career Interest Profiler

Career Lunch Speaker series

Kent Career and Technical Center

Job shadows, career seminars, and individual counseling


Our professional commitment is school counselors adhere to ethical standards and regularly participate in professional development activities as well as have obtained a graduate degree in school counseling.

Heidi Clark-Smitley – Director of Guidance & College Counseling

  • B.S.    Taylor University
    • Major: Social Studies/Secondary Education
    • Minor: Spanish
  • M.A.   Michigan State University
    • Major: Counseling

Kelly Meerman – Counselor – last names A-G, S-Z

  • B.S.    Grand Valley State University
    • Major: Physical Education
    • Major Concentration: Corporate Wellness/Fitness
  • M.A.    Western Michigan University
    • Major: Counselor Education: School Counseling K-12

Joel Passinault  – Counselor – last names H-R

  • B.A.    University of Notre Dame
    • Major: Theology
  • M.A.   Grand Valley State University
    • Major: Counselor Education

Lori Stream – Registrar & Guidance Assistant

  • A.A. Grand Rapids Community College

"We chose CC because they go beyond religion. They also put a higher standard on academics, athletics, life skills, and social responsibility."

— Jason