School Counseling

Kyle Crist

School Counselor

High School Counseling Office Administrative Assistant

School Counseling Program Mission and Beliefs

The mission of the Ridge View Counseling Program is to promote a purpose for learning by helping students discover who they are, how they develop, and what skills they need to become responsible members of society. The School Counseling Program is delivered by all for all to ensure every student receives 100% of the school counseling program that addresses their academic, career, and personal/social development.


I believe ALL students can learn and achieve academic greatness when encouraged and nurtured in a respectful environment.

I believe that encouraging ALL students' social and emotional well-being will lead to academic development and future success.

I believe kindness and compassion should be evident every day.

I believe everyone needs support.

I believe the school counselor's role is to provide a data-driven developmental counseling program to meet the needs of ALL students through a guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support.

I believe that by building positive relationships, students will engage in more in-depth learning and will be able to discover that each person has a passion and gift for something.

I believe...
My primary focus is on the student.
All students are life-long learners.
All students are unique.
All students can learn and have success.
All are responsible for and must be held accountable for the educational process.
All expectations must be high.
All need to know they are cared about.

The school counseling program will promote the following: an understanding of and respect for self and others, problem-solving and decision-making; emotional-management skills; skills for learning; and the influence of academic habits on career success.


Mr. Crist's Role at Ridgeview High School

Mr. Crist's Virtual Office

Mr. Crist's Virtual Office

Countdown to College

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Think about your schedule for next year and plan to take classes to challenge yourself; consider job shadowing, volunteering, or interning over the summer.

Start thinking about your schedule for your junior year; consider job shadowing, volunteering, or interning over the summer.

Junior Year

Senior Year

Start thinking about your senior schedule, start planning to take the ACT or SAT if you haven’t already research scholarships, meet with college reps and plan college visits, compile and review your activities list and start narrowing down your college choices.

Keep grades up, confirm with your colleges of choice they have required information from you, identify scholarships and enjoy the last few weeks of your high school experience!

Ridge View Scholarship List

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Scholarship Info

Job Shadow

A job shadow is a great experience when exploring post-secondary education majors and entering the workforce. Job shadow experiences allow the student to try different occupational fields with the freedom of exploration.

Purpose of Job Shadowing:

Allows students to connect with an adult in a career field of their interest and experience the workplace and workday firsthand. Demonstrates the connection between academics and careers, encouraging students to learn by making their class work more relevant. Builds community partnerships between schools and businesses that enhance the educational experience of all students. Introduces students to the requirements of professions and industries to help them prepare to join the workforce of the 21st century. Encourages an ongoing relationship between young people and caring adults.

This is a newly reinstated requirement due to COVID-19. All students must have at least one day of job shadowing experience to graduate. They can begin planning for this experience in their junior year. Mr. Crist’s goal is to complete all job shadow requirements for seniors by March 14, 2023.

Juniors are welcome to begin and complete job shadow requirements anytime during the school year as long as they complete the required paperwork. This email is an excellent reminder for the juniors to consider setting up a Job Shadowing experience.

Students can access all required forms on Google Classroom or may stop in the Counseling Office for assistance.

The steps from start to finish are as follows:

  1. Read over the Student Checklist

  2. Look over the Sample Phone Script (if necessary)

  3. Call and set up a Job. Shadow date and time

  4. Fill out Student Verification Form and Job Shadow Supervisor Form with all required signatures and turn them into the Counseling Office at least one week before the job shadow.

  5. Communicate the day and time to the Main Office for excused absences.

  6. Show up on the agreed date, time and location.

  7. During job shadow, fill out the Student Reflection Form and get Supervisor’s signature on the document.

  8. After job shadow, fill out Student Job Shadow Feedback Google Form

  9. Write and send thank you notes to the job shadow supervisor

Thank You Notes

Writing a thank you note to individuals who help you is very professional and necessary to show gratitude. Thank you notes will be provided to you in the Counseling Office that you may pick up after your job shadow experience. Please write the thank you, complete the address, and return it to the Counseling Office. The school will get it mailed. If you have any questions or need assistance, please get in touch with Ms. Cheryl or Mr. Crist.

Please be advised not to procrastinate due to job shadow experience being a requirement for graduation.

Job Shadowing Paper Work

Job Shadow Paper Work

Common Application

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Transcript Request

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