Lower School Counseling
The goal of lower school guidance programs is to work with students, parents, and teachers through a variety of support structures. The lower school guidance counselor teaches classroom guidance lessons to enhance the emotional, social, spiritual, and academic development of students. Short-term small group guidance sessions are offered to help students navigate particular life issues. Students, when needed, have access to individual guidance sessions as well. The lower school guidance counselor works collaboratively with teachers and staff to help provide an encouraging learning environment for students.
Middle School Counseling
The middle school guidance program provides services to both students as well as their parents. Services provided include, but are not limited to, counseling, academic planning, standardized testing and its interpretation, orientation for new students, placement testing, conferences, exploration of career and academic opportunities, and referrals to outside organizations as necessary.
In a an effort to help students achieve their maximum potential, the goal of the middle school guidance program is to enhance the personal, social and academic growth of students during their transitional years from lower school to high school. The counselor serves as a liaison between home and school, working directly with students to facilitate the growth and development of interpersonal and social skills. By helping students build critical relationships within the school and providing the necessary encouragement to foster personal empowerment, the counselor is an advocate for the personal success of every student.
The middle school also offers a formal guidance program where our counselor teaches every middle school student about relevant issues in their lives and how to navigate their worlds.
Students may initiate an appointment to meet with the counselor or may be referred by a parent, teacher or administrator. Conferences are kept confidential unless the counselor believes the individual’s safety or the safety of another is at risk, at which time the parents, administration or proper authorities will be contacted.
Students requiring prolonged or intense counseling may be referred to an outside source.