Student Life

Student Guidance

Guidance is the process of helping individuals achieve the self-understanding and self-direction necessary so she or he can live up to his/her God-given potential as a student in a Jesuit, Catholic school, as a member of a family, and as a member of the community. In addition, because Saint Ignatius is a Catholic school, the counselors provide each student every opportunity to grow in love and maturity in Christ.

Dear Freshman Parents/Guardians

Dear Freshman Parents/Guardians:

The Guidance Department at Saint Ignatius would like to welcome you to Saint Ignatius College Prep! Each freshman is assigned a counselor, and generally the student remains with that counselor for his or her four years at Saint Ignatius. Your student’s counselor’s name can be found in PlusPortals on the Demographics page. There are six counselors in our department.

Throughout the year, counselors meet with students individually and in groups. Students are encouraged to see their counselor whenever necessary. We will begin meeting with the freshmen this week in order to introduce ourselves, get to know them, and to familiarize them with the Guidance Department services. 

We like to tell our freshmen students, “My goal is that you are happy and successful at Saint Ignatius. If anything gets in the way of you being happy or successful, I’d like to know, so I can help you.” We also love to hear from students when things are going well too! Please encourage your student to stop in or email us with any questions that they may have, especially during these first few weeks of school.

Communication between the parent and counselor can be beneficial to the student. You can feel free to stop into the Guidance Department on Mini-Class Night on August 29th, from 7-9:30pm. We are located on the 3rd floor of the building. Also, we will meet briefly with freshman families before our Freshman Parent and Student Nights on Tuesday, September 10th and Wednesday, September 11th. And finally, when registering for Parent-Teacher Conferences in October, you will also have the opportunity to schedule a brief meeting with your student’s counselor. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

We look forward to working with your student as their counselor.

The Guidance Department

Student Activities

Please encourage your student to get involved in co-curricular activities this year! Visit our Student Activities page on the SICP website to see all we have to offer, in addition to the many athletic opportunities. Being an involved student helps students feel connected to their school and helps to build positive social relationships. Our Activity Fair will be held on September 6th during Activity Period. Students will be able to learn more about our offerings then, and also by visiting here.

Additional Information/Resources

List of 3 items.

  • Academic Assistance

    • Outside Tutor Referral List
    • Peer Tutoring
    • Testing
    • Goal Setting
    • Academic Counseling for Course Selection
  • Social/Emotional Support

  • What You Should Know about Your Student’s Concussion at Saint Ignatius

    • If a student has been removed from play for a possible concussion, per Illinois State Law, he/she can only return to play if cleared by a Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO). We strongly recommend the student sees a concussion specialist or sports medicine physician. The Athletic Training Staff will assist in a referral to a physician.
    • The physician must complete the Athletico Concussion Physician Form to confirm the Return-to-Play protocol utilized at St. Ignatius. Copies of this form, along with any other documentation, should be given to the Athletic Trainers or the school Nurse.
    • The Nurse and the Athletic Trainers will communicate when a student has a suspected concussion. The student must check in with the Nurse the next time they attend school.
    • The Nurse will inform the student’s Counselor. The Counselor will alert the teachers of the injury and any academic accommodations.
    • The student must check-in with the Athletic Trainers on a daily basis to have signs and symptoms recorded. They should also check in with the Nurse during the school day as needed.
    • Students and their parents/guardians will be provided with IHSA educational materials regarding the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries, including the risks inherent in continuing to play after a concussion or head injury. The IHSA Post-Concussion Consent Form must be signed by the student and the parent/guardian and returned to the Athletic Trainers.
    • Student-athletes with a baseline ImPACT test will be retested prior to starting the Return-to-Play Progression to ensure that equivalent neuro-cognitive function has returned. The scores will be reviewed by the treating physician and any abnormalities may result in a delayed Return-to-Play start.
    • Before returning to participate in St. Ignatius Athletics, the student-athlete must be caught up with ALL schoolwork (Academically Cleared). Students must make an appointment with their Counselor to pick up an Academic Clearance Form and have each teacher sign it to confirm that the student is up to date with all school work. Academic clearance will be determined by their Counselor after signatures are collected, and communicated to the Athletic Trainers.

Contact for More Information

For more information on the Student Guidance department, please contact our department chair - Sharon Byrne at or by phone at 312.432.8330.