Counseling Services: Think of ACES

A is for ACADEMICS

The counselor partners with teachers to ensure growth in all students, helps to develop schedules that match academic performance, and prepares students for high school readiness.  The counselor is the school contact for the Duke TIP program for accelerated students and coordinates all Section 504 Plans.

C is for CAREER

The counselor helps match student’s interests and skills with real world vocations. The counselor leads all 7 & 8th graders through on-line career assessments that continue to shape post-education interests.  The counselor assists students with ACHIEVE 3000 to explore the job markets and helps coordinate the county-wide “Career Fair” held for all 8th graders at the Expo Center.

E is for EMOTION

The counselor offers solo counseling sessions for students struggling with difficulties such as family turmoil, suicide ideation, grief, and fret. The counselor works to strengthen self-worth in young hearts and offers unconditional positive regard.  The counselor creates a climate of emotional safety in a confidential setting and partners with other resources and parents when necessary.

S is for SOCIAL

The counselor provides occasional classroom sessions that build social graces and respect for a diverse community.  The counselor implements character education programs on campus and plans transition events that help rising 6th graders enter middle school and 8th graders make the shift to high school.  The counselor conducts a variety of group counseling sessions along with STARS Counselor and is a liaison for social services.