School Counseling

Welcome to the High School Guidance Office!

The Guidance Office is a place for students to go to get academic, career, and future planning resources. The goal of the Guidance Office is to assist our students in preparing for their future. From career inventories to scheduling assistance, the Guidance Office is here to help your student succeed. 

Our Staff

Chelsea Vanasco
School Counselor
Last names A–K
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About Chelsea Vanasco

Chelsea Vanasco has been at Moniteau as a school counselor since January 2022. She received both her master’s of education in school counseling (2021) and bachelor’s in criminology and criminal justice (2017) from Slippery Rock University. Prior to becoming a part of the Moniteau family, she worked as a transition coordinator for children who suffered from moderate to severe emotional disturbances. She previously worked in multiple Butler County school districts as a student assistance program liaison to offer services to students and their families. She has also worked as a behavioral health technician with children with autism and as a clinical manager at George Junior Republic in Grove City. Chelsea is the Student Assistance Program (SAP) coordinator, Advanced Placement (AP) coordinator, the NOCTI coordinator, and the advisor for the Moniteau Outdoors Club. She works to implement the district’s Chapter 339 Plan for Career Development both on the individual level and within the classroom setting, educating students on various future options and assisting them with anything they may need. She likes to emphasize the many options open to students once they leave high school, including college, trade school, apprenticeships, and the military. Mrs. Vanasco strives to help her students become the best versions of themselves, both emotionally and academically. Chelsea is a member of the Butler County Counselor Association (BCCA) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and enjoys attending various conferences and training to stay up to date on mental health and educational resources that can be utilized with her students. In her spare time Chelsea enjoys outdoor activities, watching movies, and spending as much time as she can with her husband and son.

School Based Mental Health

Glade Run Lutheran Services

If your child is struggling in the school environment they might be eligible for service through Glade Runs School Based Mental Health (SBMH) outpatient counseling services. At Glade Run we are able to help bridge the gap by emphasizing a team approach with your child, their Glade Run counselor, their educators, and the community.

Glade Run currently partners with school districts to provide School Based Mental Health (SBMH) outpatient counseling services within the school buildings. These partnerships effectively diminish barriers that historically have prohibited some families from accessing mental health services. These barriers could be location, transportation issues, or even stigma. Please reach out to a guidance counselor for more information regarding this program.

Associates in Counseling & Wellness, LLC

Associates in Counseling & Wellness, LLC (ACW)  is a professional counseling practice dedicated to serving the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and families. ACW provides clinically proven treatment interventions that are specific to the individual needs of each client seeking services.

While each therapist has specific training in certain areas of counseling or psychology, treatment begins by assessing and targeting the specific needs of the client within a safe and validating therapeutic relationship. Please reach out to a guidance counselor for more information regarding this program.

Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention

Butler County Crisis Intervention Services

  • Crisis intervention provides mental health intervention, assessment, support, screening, and referral services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Services are available for anyone who calls, chats, texts, walks in, or requests a crisis specialist to come to their home, school, or community.
    • Call: (800) 292-3866
    • Text: 63288

988 Lifeline

  • Call or text 988 to receive 24/7 free and confidential support.
  • The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the United States.

New Student Vo-Tech Application

We offer a great vo-tech program developed specifically to meet the needs and interests of our students. To apply for this program please fill out the application below.

SAT Dates and Deadlines

Please visit CollegeBoard to register for the SAT for the 23–24 school year. Note that there are four dates that offer paper/pencil testing and three dates that offer digital testing only. Make sure you list Moniteau Jr. Sr. High School as the site that you would like to receive your results if you would like your scores added to your transcripts. 

Sample Resumes & Cover Letters

Testing Information

Free Practice Exams

Ready for college but not ready to pick a major or take the entrance exams? Your local libraries are your best resource when it comes to college and career guidance, free practice tests, and so much more!

Moniteau Jr. Sr. High School Library

This year our library is proud to present Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center! Once in the high school library users can log on using the username: moniteau and the password: warriors to access career profiles, job and internship postings, career advice, networking, career assessments, interviews with professionals, and more! See Mrs. Grossman in our library for more details.

Butler Public Library

Butler Public Library has huge news as well! They are offering Gale’s Testing Education and Resource Center which has:

  • Full length, timed, and scored practice AP, ACT, SAT, PSAT, GMAT, GE, LSAT, MCAT, and more exams
  • Undergraduate and graduate school database
  • Financial aid tools
  • Career development maps
  • Resume and interviewing advice and so much more!

Advanced Placement Courses


We offer a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses for our students. These intense courses culminate with a year-end exam. Depending on a student’s score, they may receive college credit for these courses. AP credit acceptance varies between institutions, so please discuss this with your guidance counselor.

We require students to pay their AP exam fees (and late fees, if applicable) at the cost determined by College Board. If your family qualifies for free and reduced price meals, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. Students scoring a three (out of five possible points) or higher on the exam will receive a reimbursement of their test fees in August following the exams.

JOB Corps - BC3

If you qualify for the Pell Grant (which you will only know if you file the FAFSA) you qualify to attend BC3 for free through Pittsburgh JOB Corps. JOB Corps is not affiliated with the military, and there is no commitment once you complete the program.

JOB Corps pays for all books, uniforms, tuition, and fees, and you also get a clothing allowance, gas allowance, and free dental and vision insurance. If you have a child, you may receive free child care. You can also earn an additional $750 a year just for keeping your grades up. You must have a clean drug test, no court issues, and no outstanding behavioral issues.

Directions for Obtaining a Work Permit

Pennsylvania Child Labor Law requires minors in Pennsylvania to obtain a work permit prior to beginning work. Moniteau students can obtain a work permit in the Moniteau Junior Senior High School office. Students must show a copy of their birth certificate and have a completed Application for Work Permit to apply for a work permit. Hard copies of the application are also available in the high school office.

Students must sign their work permit in person in the high school office. More information related to Child Labor Law and work permits can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.

Please contact the Moniteau Junior Senior High School office if you are in need of additional information related to work permits.