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CHA’s School Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the Chicago Hope Academy’s School Counseling Comprehensive School Counseling Program is to assist every student in acquiring skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners in a global society.


CHA’s School Counseling Vision Statement

Every CHA student is to receive comprehensive and equitable school counseling services as a required part of the student’s total educational program. Within this comprehensive counseling program students will acquire the academic, career,  personal/social and spiritual skills needed to reach their fullest educational potential.

The vision of the CHA’s Counseling Department is to empower these students with the skills and abilities necessary to develop an intrinsic motivation necessary to achieve success in high school and post-secondary pursuits. Together, we strive for all students to become socially competent, self-reliant, life-long learners in their community, who glorify God in all they do..


Why do people see school counselors?

Students may choose to speak to school counselors because they need someone to talk to, or need help with an issue with school, friends, home or themselves. A friend, family member, teacher, or Administrator may also suggest a student go see the school counselor. The school counselor will also check in with students at random. The reasons depend on the person, and everyone is different. Some examples of why a student may see the school counselor are: discussing different personal issues such as relationship growth, peer conflicts, dealing with grief, being nervous or family issues.


GOAL:  Students will acquire the academic preparation essential to choose from a variety of educational, training, and employment options upon completion of secondary school.


GOAL:  Students will investigate the world of work in order to make informed career decisions.

GOAL:  Students will acquire an understanding of, and respect for, self and others, and the skills to be responsible citizens.

GOAL:  Students will learn who they are in Christ (i.e. forgiven, loved, uniquely created), how God has gifted them to serve, and the importance of their own personal relationship with the Father.


How to see the school counselor

Students please make an appointment to see the counselor by talking to your teacher, dropping-in to speak before or after school, during an off-period or during lunch. Coming during class is not permitted so as not to miss instructional time.


Parents please call, (312) 491-1600, or contact CHA’s school counselor, Ms. Ambrea Avery, directly at-, to make an appointment.


About the Counselor

Chicago Hope Academy’s school counselor is Ambrea Avery. This is her first year at CHA and she is looking forward to an amazing year of learning and student growth! Ambrea has her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Capella University, where she is a member of Sigma Iota and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Ambrea received her bachelor’s degrees from Southeast Missouri State University in Psychology and in Criminal Justice. Prior to working as a school counselor, Ambrea counseled in various adolescent settings including an adolescent group home, juvenile detention center and within family homes,

When she is not working as a counselor, Ambrea enjoys exercising, reading, going to the dog park with her two rescues and spending time with friends and family. She also loves watching movies and professional sports- mainly football and baseball!


Resource Links

Mental Health, Safety and Crisis, Special Education and Diversity Resources

Coping with Stress


Suicide Prevention


ACT Test Deadlines and Registration

College Choice


Confidentiality… It’s Important.

Confidentiality means that whatever students talk about will stay between them and the counselor. Confidentiality is essential for a good, working, counseling relationship.  When participating in group counseling, students are asked to maintain confidentiality, so that those who participate can share and feel safe. There are important limits to confidentiality, where information from the student must be shared. These times include: suspected child abuse, harm to self, harm to others, or a request by the student or a supeona, which is a legal demand from a judge in court. If ever the school counselor has to tell a parent or another person something a student has said in confidence, the counselor would inform the student first and help them to understand the reasons.


“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

ISAIAH 40:28-31