Preparing for College
Our School Counselors are committed to helping students find the post-secondary educational options that best fit their strengths, interests, and goals. We support students and their families as they navigate the college search and application process.
Mrs. Kat Coy (Grades 10-12, Last Names A-G) and Department Chair
Kat Coy, M.S. joined Knoxville Catholic High School in 2006. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Warren Wilson College and her Master of Science in School Counseling from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has held consistent leadership positions in both local and state counseling organizations.
Mrs. Melinda Kirk (Grades 10-12, Last Names H-N)
Melinda Kirk, M.Ed. joined the Knoxville Catholic High School staff in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and after eleven years of mental health experience, earned a Master of Education in School Counseling from Lincoln Memorial University.
Mr. Chris Morgan (Grades 10-12, Last Names O-Z)
Chris Morgan joined Knoxville Catholic High School in 2013. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor and has a Master of Arts in Counseling. He spent the last twelve years working with adolescents in school and mental health settings. He is currently a PhD candidate in Counselor Education at the University of Tennessee.
Grade Year Plan
Our school counselors engage students based on grade-appropriate benchmarks to ensure that students are prepared for success beyond KCHS.
FRESHMAN: Students take the PSAT; learn how to calculate and manage Grade Point Average (GPA); and build a 4-year plan. Joni Punch is the Academic Advisor for all freshmen. Students will have a School Counselor (assignments based on last names) from grades 10 through 12.
SOPHOMORE: Students take the PSAT as well as the PACT (practice ACT); review GPA; meet with counselors individually to review the 4-year plan for accuracy and changes; specifically investigate careers and interests to help in the college search process junior year.
JUNIOR: Students take the PSAT; meet with counselors in classroom guidance to explore college and other post-secondary options, including the college search; meet with counselors individually to further discuss goals; and review the 4-Year Plan for accuracy and changes. School Counselors host an Essay Workshop through English class in late spring.
SENIOR: Counselors begin working on the college application process on the first day of school. Every senior has an individual college plan created with their counselor and work toward each student’s goals, all semester, with goal communicated to parents as well. Seniors have individual meetings, as many times as needed, to manage the college application and scholarship process.