Classroom guidance lessons are taught weekly in 5th grade and co-taught as part of the Health curriculum in grades 6th-8th. The lessons cover academic, college and career readiness, and social/emotional content. The lessons are based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards. Teachers may also request additional lessons to address specific needs unique to their class (i.e., sensitivity to students with exceptionalities, social skill deficits).
Individual counseling is a component of the comprehensive school counseling program. Individual counseling is a responsive service in which we seek to meet the students' immediate needs and concerns. Individual counseling is offered throughout the school year to students in a confidential setting. The counselor assesses the student to determine if he/she could benefit from counseling at school. The counselor determines if ongoing counseling is appropriate. A variety of counseling strategies and techniques are utilized throughout the sessions.
Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling is one of the direct services available as part of the comprehensive school counseling program. Counseling is offered in a small group for students expressing difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns, or normal developmental tasks. Counseling helps students identify problems, causes, alternative and possible consequences so they can develop coping skills and take appropriate action.
Counselors also collaborate with teachers, staff, administrators, counselor colleagues, parents, and community members to ensure students are successful in the areas of academics, career, and personal/social.