In order to provide a foundation for counseling at the elementary level, the counselor meets once a week for one quarter with each grade level homeroom to discuss topics that include: respect for individual differences (Grade K), friendships (Grade 1), peacemaking and conflict resolution (Grades 2 and 3), and changing thought patterns to affect one’s emotions (Grades 4 and 5).
For personal counseling, the counselor works with the student, their parents and teachers to form a working team to address the emotional needs of a student. Group counseling is also available to students whose parents are separated, divorced or deceased and for other areas as needs arise.
The middle school years are exciting and challenging as students face new social situations. The counselor works closely with all of the middle school teachers and administration to review and support the developmental growth of each student.
Additionally, our middle school students participate in an advisory program which is designed to help our students grow socially and emotionally. During the week students meet to discuss topics such as studying, organization, time management, study skills, responsibility, communication, personality tests, self-awareness, setting goals, health and hygiene, and role-playing situations dealing with friends, parents, and the school.
Guidance and personal counseling are provided to individual students or small groups. Individual guidance activities include an overview of the student’s grades, test scores, projections for college, and career aspirations. Counselors meet with individual students at least once per year and help students compete course registration for the following year.
Career planning is also an important part of the educational process. Counselors are available to assist students in exploring a variety of career interests.