Counselors at the middle and high school levels provide support groups when necessary to assist students in developing good study habits and effective time management practices. They also assist the building support team in monitoring students in need of assistance, and help students establish realistic goals and provide necessary support. They also offer study-skills groups for selected students when needed.
Counselors at the middle school level help students develop interpersonal relationships, make informed decisions and develop the ability to explore and plan for careers. Counselors are available for individual sessions with students who wish to make appointments. Teachers, parents, the nurse, and administrators may also make student referrals. The counselors lead small groups in areas like stress management, anger control, bereavement and friends. The counselors visit classrooms on a regular basis and stress personal social skills in areas such as educational achievement, transitioning, social development, and careers. The counselors also coordinate enrollment and standardized testing programs.
High School counselors are prepared to help students in many ways. They can provide counseling for personal problems, academic problems, or planning for the future. They can also help students find information on educational or vocational opportunities. A wide selection of related materials is available in the counseling center. Any counselor or the high school registrar are happy to assist.
High school guidance counselors work with students to complete an Individualized Career Plan upon entry into the High School Instructional Program. The plan provides a blueprint for the coursework needed to fulfill graduation requirements. In addition, the individualized plan is designed to prepare each student for post-secondary studies and pursuit of career interests.
Special Services Offered
Specially trained teachers are available for students who qualify for services in reading, speech and/or language, special education, gifted education and English Language Learners (ELL). Guidance counselors are available to meet with individuals, small groups and parents upon request. The District provides home/hospital instruction for students unable to attend school for an extended period of time due to a medical condition.
For more information about secondary counseling, contact Director Renee Freers, College & Career Readiness, at (816) 413-5071.