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The goal of the counseling team is to help students succeed in their academic and personal lives. This help may take many forms and offers a confidential environment where students can explore solutions to their problems. Counselors are available to provide personal support and academic guidance not only to achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval (ASCA).

The School Counselor assists students with a multitude of issues accompanying adolescence, including:

  • classroom concerns & academic motivation
  • personal decision making
  • self-concept issues
  • peer and friendship concerns
  • dealing with conflict & crisis
  • external issues which affect school performance
  • Preparation for High School Counseling
  • High School registration

The School Counselor may offer one-on-one support and group counseling to students and their families. All students are encouraged to seek out their school counselor to discuss any personal matters of importance. Staff members or parents may also refer students. Confidentiality is maintained with the exception of information that suggests danger to the student's well being or the well being of another. Parents are not automatically notified when students meet with School Counselor, but are welcome to make appointments to discuss concerns.

The School Counselor also works with many community programs and services to support our students' achievement and personal growth. When students have significant needs requiring more ongoing or involved support, the School Counselor may refer them to professionals outside the School. In these instances, The School Counselor stays involved in the student's progress.