Program Goals

Lanier Middle School

School Counseling Program Goals


                School Program Goals address:   Academics, Attendance, and Behavior




                    Program Goal #1- Academic


To increase student achievement by creating a ‘College (& Career)-Going Culture’ among our students.  This will be accomplished by encouraging students to embody the idea that they are lifelong learners and thinkers capable of pursuing a college/technical education and developing career goals/awareness through providing classroom guidance lessons, parent education workshops, study skills small groups, morning announcements, and merging college/career messages with our character education program communicated with the school community.   Multiple studies have shown that high academic achievement in the middle grades and setting long term career goals predict positive academic achievement through high school and into college.  High correlations exist between academic success in the middle grades with success at the secondary and post-secondary level as well.  This goal will be measured in conjunction with LMS’s Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI Goals) looking for increased overall achievement scores on the state standardized test (Georgia Milestones Assessment).



                    Program Goal #2- Attendance


To encourage student attendance and therefore student achievement by increasing our students’ sense of belonging in the LMS community through the efforts of classroom guidance, school wide attendance incentives and to promote understanding of the relationship between school attendance and academic success by emphasizing attendance procedures with students and parents, and following through with Student Attendance Review Committee (SARC) procedures as appropriate and other attendance interventions.  This goal will be measured by a reduction of 41% to 30% (24% improvement) in the amount of students missing 6 or more days of school for the 2016-2017 school year.




                    Program Goal #3- Behavior


To encourage friendly/pro-social behaviors and teach our students to become good leaders and effective problem solvers through the use of classroom guidance in all grade levels, school-wide character education program, small groups, and school wide anti-bullying program.  This will be measured by a 10% reduction in the amount of discipline referrals for the 2016-2017 school year.