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Counselors

COUNSELING @ AISJ

The Counselors at the American International School of Johannesburg believe: 

  • All students have dignity and self - worth 
  • All students have the right to participate in school counseling services 
  • All students' ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual differences and special needs are considered in planning and implementing counseling services 

AISJ school counselors should: 

  • Provide access to school counseling services to all students
  • Utilize the resources of the community  
  • Actively involve the Student Support Team members to monitor students' progress 
  • Liaise with parents or guardians of students 
  • Participate in professional development activities essential in maintaining quality school counseling services 

Mission

To provide comprehensive counseling services to support the success of students' academic, career and social - emotional development. Within a nurturing environment, we assist students in the development of their personal growth and balance. We strive to accomplish this by collaborating with educators, parents, students and community resources.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL

This page is designed to provide students and parents with ideas, resources, talking points and information regarding the social and emotional wellbeing of adolescents. For further support, and recommendations, particularly to community resources, please contact a counselor. 

TO READ:  

  • Idea is to update articles each month - providing links.  

  • Hey Sigmund is a blog where the science of psychology meets the art of being human. They regularly update the blog with thought provoking and helpful articles related to children and teens each week. https://www.heysigmund.com/ 

  • Read about 6 tips on how to talk with your teenagers about their emotions. 

TO WATCH:  

TO LISTEN: 

  • Coming soon - AISJ counselor podcasts 

UNIVERSITY/CAREER DEVELOPMENT

PREPARATION

https://collegemajors101.com/

  • Information about 150+ majors. 

  • US centric

https://www.collegexpress.com/lists/

  • US centric 
  • These aren't your typical college rankings. They cover, well, just about everything! From top engineering programs to football powerhouses to activist campuses, they're based on expert recommendations, along with some cool statistics and even student picks. 

https://unistats.ac.uk/  

  • UK centric 
  • Includes official data for undergraduate courses on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.  

https://university.which.co.uk/

  • UK centric 
  • Learn what to study, where to go, and how to get there. 

http://www.schoolfinder.com/

  • More for Canada 
  • Search for schools by major, location, and interest. 

https://www.studyinholland.nl/

  • Netherlands specific 
  • Information on study programs, admissions requirements, and tuition and financial aid.  

https://www.gostudy.net/

  • South Africa specific 
  • Information about programs, bursaries, and potential careers.  

http://www.crushpodcast.com (interesting information about applying to colleges and universities in the US)

TESTING 

APPLICATION 

ESSAYS :

  • US 

    • Personal Statement: The purpose of this essay is to learn more about who the student is, what is important to them, and why. These are big picture questions and usually are 650 words or less. 
    • Supplement Essay(s): These are essays designed to answer questions specific to the university the student is applying to. There are specific questions that need to be answered. These are usually about 500 words long.  
  • UK 
    • Personal Statement: This essay should answer three basic questions, what do you want to study, why, and what have you done to prepare? The essay should focus more on academic background.  
  • Europe  

    • Personal Statement: This essay blends the US and UK Personal Statements. Some questions are broad, but most will also ask a student to address their course selection.  
  • Financial aid:Financial aid is complicated and at times difficult to understand. This document provides some of the essential information to help families move forward in this process:  

     https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search

     https://www.collegenet.com/elect/app/app

     https://www.fastweb.com/

     https://www.scholarships.com/about-us/

     http://www.scholarshipmonkey.com/

  • USA 

  • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid 

  • CSS Profile: College Scholarship Search Profile 

  • Scholarship search engines: 

ENRICHMENT: 

SUMMER PROGRAMS: 

  • IB Revision Programs: 

  • Lanterna Education - http://www.lanternaeducation.com

  • Academic Experiences: 

  • Programs for students in grades 7-12 with the goal of giving them the opportunity to live and study in historic centers of learning in England, Scotland, France, Spain, and the United States. Students choose two subjects in which to immerse themselves - a major and a minor - from a range of over 200 courses. 
  • Work Experience:  AISJ has a work experience program for our Junior Year students - please contact the high school principal for more information:  gsmith@aisj-jhb.com 

  • Visiting the U.K. over the June / July break?  Want to visit some U.K. universities?  Check out this link to U.K. universities OPEN Days.  Check out the university, take a tour and talk to a representative! 

  • University Visits to AISJ campus - All announced on    

  • University Recognition of IB Students Worldwide:  http://www.ibo.org

SUMMER PROGRAM

RESOURCES

Suicide, Depression & Self-Injury

Unfortunately depression and suicide are realities in schools. Below are some resources provided by the International School Counselors Association to help support students, families and our school community. 

Please contact a school counselor or another mental health professional if you feel your child is in need of support or just want to express their grief over a loss. Note that children who are already vulnerable may be at greater risk due to exposure to the suicide of a peer. If you or your child needs help right away, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), call 911, or if you are in South Africa you could contact Lifeline  at:  http://www.lifelinejhb.org.za or take your child to the nearest crisis center or emergency department.

SAFETY PLANS

Articles

Websites

NON-SUICIDAL SELF INJURY

Articles

Websites

DEPRESSION

Books

FACT SHEETS

WEBSITES