The mission of James Wood Middle School's counseling department is to support students as lifelong learners so they can achieve their full potential. School counselors will provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate counseling program to help students focus on academic, personal/social, and career goals so they are successful in school and are prepared to be productive members of society. In cooperation with students, staff, and parents, the school counselor will create a positive supportive counseling program that will ensure a safe and nurturing school
environment for everyone.
The department consists of three guidance counselors and a registrar/secretary. One school counselor is assigned to each of the three grade levels and works with those students as they progress from sixth through eighth grade.
The counseling and guidance program is designed to promote academic/educational, personal/social and career development. As an integral part of the school program, counseling and guidance builds a strong foundation for learning and growth in the following ways:
What do school counselors do?
- a positive attitude toward school/learning
- personal responsibility
- respect for self and others
- decision making skills
- Counsel students individually or in small groups to meet identified needs
- Deliver school counseling curriculum
- Consult with parents, teachers, and other school staff regarding the student's needs, as well as, community resources
- Participate in planning, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive guidance program
- Know/Adhere to ethical, legal and professional standards of the counseling profession