Counseling Services

Purpose & mission

Our students come from a multitude of backgrounds, and we will help students learn to accept and embrace their own diversity in a school setting.

Department CONTACT
Pattie Lake-Torbert

Pattie Lake-Torbert

Senior Coordinator of Student Support Services

✆ (605) 367-4282

About Counseling

At the Sioux Falls School District, your counselor is an essential part of the success of our students. The counseling program is designed to serve all K-12 students. They are good listeners and can make accurate assessments of their students to prepare them for life beyond school.

School counselors often tend to hundreds of students, and their impact can empower students to be successful now and to approach their diverse futures with confidence. They challenge every student to push beyond limitations to achieve difficult academic, personal, and post-graduation goals.

For more information about school counseling services, call your child's school or the Instructional Planning Center at (605) 367-7900.

If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis please call your local law enforcement (911) or contact a crisis resources center:

Suicide Hotline


National Suicide Text Line
TEXT “CONNECT” to 741741

National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Student Well-being

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