Why Middle School Counseling?
Middle School is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents, and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students begin turning to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation.
Today's young people are living in a rapidly changing environment with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies, and expanding opportunities. Students need support and guidance during adolescence to help ensure they are prepared to become the next generation of adults. Every adolescent faces unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.
Middle School counselors enhance the learning process, promote academic achievement and guide students by encouraging them to embrace the challenges they may face on a daily basis. We help students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills, set appropriate academic goals, and realize their full academic potential. This is all in an effort to guide them in becoming productive, contributing members of their community.
Here are some reasons students might want to talk to the School Counselor
- "I had an argument with my best friend and she doesn't want to be my friend anymore."
- "I want to improve my grades, but I'm not sure how to do that."
- "I don't like it when my parents get upset and I don't know what to do."
- "Someone close to me is sick and I'm really worried about them."
Here are some reasons parents might want to talk to the School Counselor
- "This is John's third school this year and he's having difficulty adjusting."
- "Jenny used to be excited about school, but she seems very unmotivated or distracted."
- "My child seems to be having a difficult time making friends. Can you help?"
Communication with Outside Agencies and Resources
Parents often enlist the help of outside agencies, such as therapists, tutors, educational specialists, doctors, and other professionals. School counselors work closely with these professionals to collaborate on best practices to help your child. A release authorizing the school to communicate with outside agencies is required. Parents should request this form from the counseling office, complete it, and return it to your child's counselor.