Support Services

Here are some of the many services provided through the Counseling Office:
  • Individual Counseling - Students may be referred for one-on-one counseling by a teacher, parent/guardian, or the principal. Students may also self-refer by visiting the Counseling Office. Counseling sessions are brief and average between 3-4 sessions. If a student requires additional counseling a referral is made to an outside counseling agency. 

        NOTE: School Counselors DO NOT do mental health diagnosis, nor does participation in individual or group    

          counseling go into a students permanent record.

  • Small Group Guidance - Small groups (approx. 5-8 students) are offered throughout the school year. Groups are educational in nature and offer students positive peer support around topics such as divorce/separation and grief and loss.

        NOTE: A permission slip is required to participate in most small groups.

  • Classroom Education - The Second Step Program is taught in most classrooms to help students build skills for both social and academic success. The curriculum includes units on the following:
    • Building Skills for Learning
    • Understanding Empathy
    • Managing Emotions
    • Problem Solving 
                    In addition to the Second Step Program, other social skills activities are also offered in the
                    classroom that focus on character development. 
            • Section 504 Coordination - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a national law that protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination based on their disability. Section 504 requires that school districts provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. If you believe your student may require reasonable accommodations as outlined under section 504, contact the Counseling Office to discuss an evaluation for 504 services. You may also view the Section 504 Handbook online in both English and Spanish.
            • McKinney-Vento Coordination - The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is designed to provide stability and support to students who lack fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence. If you believe you or your student may be eligible, please contact the Counseling Office. To learn more view the following brochure.
            • Parent/Teacher Consultation - School Counselors serve as a resource to both parents and teachers, and can assist in developing strategies to help your child be successful academically and personally. 
            • Student Support Team (SST) Coordination - When a classroom teacher or parent has a concern about a student's academic achievement, behavior, health or social competence, either may request the assistance of the Student Support Team (SST). Through the SST process, new strategies and interventions are developed, implemented, and monitored over several weeks. If the interventions are determined not to be successful, however,the SST may refer the student for further assessment by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) or the Section 504 Team. 
              • Parents/guardians, talk with your child's teacher prior to requesting an SST. If the concerns are not resolved, then you may initiate the SST process by contacting the Counseling Office. 
            • Test Coordination
              • Measure of Student Progress (MSP - formerly WASL)
              • Highly Capable Testing (for placement in grades 4-5)