Middle School Counseling

Middle School Counseling

The Needs of Middle School Students

Middle school is an exciting yet challenging time for students, their parents, and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by:

  • Rapid physical growth

  • Curiosity about their world

  • An emerging self-identity

The Role of Middle School Counselors

Middle school counselors facilitate counseling programs that help students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set informed career goals, and realize the full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.

Middle school counselors have a unique role in identifying students’ academic and social/emotional needs and providing any necessary interventions. These interventions are essential in removing barriers to learning and helping students develop skills and behaviors critical for academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes, and skills students acquire during these years build the foundation for future success.

Our Focus

  • Academic

  • Personal/Social

  • Career Development

Working Together with Staff, Parents, and the Community

Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. Professional School Counselors have an impact on these years by implementing a school counseling program and collaborating with school staff, parents, and the community to create a safe, respectful learning environment whereby young adolescents can maximize personal and academic achievement.

Programs used by our Counselors

SDMyLife is an online program assisting students with navigating the career development process. To find a good match, students take interest and ability assessments. They can explore by career cluster, keyword, or school subject. Students can also research postsecondary education and training options, build a portfolio, study with Method Test Prep, and find out about scholarships opportunities.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. (District Policy JFCE - Student Bullying) The goals of this program are:

  • Reducing existing bullying problems among students

  • Preventing the development of new bullying problems

  • Achieving better peer relations at school

Second Step helps you teach powerful skills and competencies—like handling strong emotions, setting and meeting goals, making good decisions, and forging positive relationships—while building the safe, supported learning environment middle schoolers need to succeed. Second Step is implemented during the advisory (PRO Time - People Relating to Others) period.

Signs of Suicide
The SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS) is a universal, school-based depression awareness and suicide prevention program.