Middle School Guidance Program
At the AISJ Middle School, we believe that a comprehensive Counseling program is an integral part of our total educational program. Middle School students face unique and varied challenges, both personally and developmentally that impact their academic achievement. The counselor develops systems that encourage self-exploration and peer relationships through many avenues including individual counseling, small group counseling and classroom guidance lessons. The counselor takes a collaborative, proactive, and preventive approach that engages parents, teachers, school administrators, and outside professionals in the delivery of programs and services that help students achieve in school. The overall goal of the Counseling program is to further the intellectual, social, and emotional development of students by providing:
- Academic skills support
- Academic planning
- Coping strategies
- Peer relationships and effective social skills
- Problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
- Organizational and study skills
- Understanding self, including one’s strengths and challenges
- Diversity awareness
- Leadership development
Other Counseling initiatives for students and parents include:
The first students to meet and greet new students enrolled in the Middle School are the Ambassadors. These students may attend the New Student Orientation where they serve as a supporter and introduce new students to the activities and programs in the Middle School. Ambassadors can also serve as guides for other Middle School activities as needed (i.e., Parent Open House Night.
Workshops and Consultation
Please contact our counselor:
The Middle School Counselor conducts several parent workshops throughout the year which address various issues related to adolescent students. The counselor is also available as needed to meet with parents, teachers, and students to assist in working out a variety of academic, behavior, and social-emotional concerns.