School Counseling Department


Welcome to Elkhart High School West’s Counseling Department. Our department is here to help students in many areas including scheduling classes, assisting students with issues concerning home life, friends, school, work, bullying, and planning for their futures.  We assist students with career exploration, college exploration and more.  We provide students with information about graduation requirements, signing up for the SAT and ACT, completing the FAFSA and completing college applications.  We are here to help the “whole” student.

-Michelle Kessler, School Counseling Department Chair

Special Announcements

-Scholarships: Many scholarship deadlines are coming soon. Be sure you have your applications in on time. Scholarships can be found on our website under school counseling and scholarships.


School Counseling Staff


Schedule Change Policy

Counselors work with students and parents in the selection of classes and the creation of education programs that prepare students for continuing education, the school-to-work transition, and a wide variety of interest areas. Students are expected to honor their course selections. It is the school’s position that schedule changes after the school year begins disrupt instructional time. Staffing and the master schedule are determined by the spring course selections. After the first calendar week of a semester, no schedule changes may be made. Any requested schedule change must have a parent signature and meet one of the following criteria:

  1. A course completed in summer school.
  2. Failure to meet course prerequisites.
  3. Failure to meet graduation requirements.


Schedule Course Withdrawal Policy

After the first calendar week of a semester, students are expected to complete their selected courses. No withdrawals are allowed after that point in time. A withdrawal directed by a building administrator for a student’s absenteeism, tardiness, non-dress (PE) or disciplinary action will result in a final grade of “F.” In “special circumstances” a building administrator may direct the withdrawal of a student with no negative consequences.