"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creation, let me do not deter or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
ASA's Middle School Counseling Program focuses on facilitating the many transitions our students go through when they enter Middle School as well as helping the students and their families manage the emotional, psychological and physical changes that children experience as they enter adolescence.
In Middle School at ASA, each student is placed in an advisory group of 14-17 students and matched with an advisor. The advisor serves as an advocate for the student and meets with their group three to four times per week for a lesson activity and study or reading time. The advisory block also incorporates weekly games between advisories, time for student government meetings and community service. Topics addressed in the weekly advisory lessons include time and stress management, decision making, interpersonal skills, communication skills, cross cultural awareness, responsible behavior and health issues, among others. The MS team periodically assesses materials and methodology used in order to make appropriate modifications for the advisory lessons.
The Counselor works individually with students to help them in both academic and social/emotional areas. The primary goal of individual counseling with students is to help them learn to monitor their own growth and development and to proactively make wise decisions. The Counselor addresses issues such as academic performance, behavior issues, social skills, bereavement, family concerns, and stress management. The Counselor also frequently consults with teachers, administrators, and parents about student issues.
The Counselor provides administrative support to the Middle School Principal in the areas of student scheduling, staff development, parent education, admissions, testing and other administrative activities.