Guidance » Curriculum


The Hillcrest Counseling Curriculum is designed to enhance student academic, social and personal development. Our goal is to help students identify their strengths and needs and provide them with the strategies necessary to become more successful learners.
Goal Setting

To help enhance your child’s learning experience, Mrs. Dowling and Mr. Conrad meet with all students to review and explain the importance of goal setting. All students choose goals based on a monthly Character Education trait (respect, responsibility, courage, caring, fairness, honesty and perseverance).

Each student completes the Student Awareness Survey to help them identify their areas of strengths and needs. Based on an area of need identified in the survey, each student creates a monthly goal.

During the month, students will evaluate the progress they have made on their goal. Teachers, principals and counselors will periodically meet with individual students to monitor their progress. We encourage families to support their child(ren)'s goals. 

Career Exploration Unit 

Students in grade 5 will complete an interest survey and research careers related to their individual interests.

Students in grade 6 will learn about careers and personality types.

For more information on career exploration you can visit This website allows students to complete a different interest inventory and further research career options. To complete a new interest survey follow the steps listed below:

1. Click on the link to

2. Select Assess Yourself

3. Select Interest Profiler

4. Select Go (next to Start a new Interest Profiler)

How can I help my Child(ren)?

PA Career Zone offers a guide for families at

Substance Abuse Education-

The Reality Tour is a drug prevention program for children and their parents/guardians. Hillcrest students and families are encouraged to attend. Registration information and dates can be found by selecting the link below:

Westmoreland Reality Tour
Westmoreland Co. Courthouse 
2 North Main Street
Greensburg, PA 15601