Middle School Students' Developmental Needs 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 a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.
Meeting the Challenge Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century.
Above information provided by ASCA (American School Counseling Association)
One-on-one counseling provided during the school day.
School counselors create groups to help reach the needs of every student. Through a group setting students are able to work together while sharing experiences and learning from each other.
School Counselors create and implement guidance lessons such as goal setting, study skills, and career exploration. Guidance lessons allow School Counselors to meet the needs of every student.
*Confidentiality: What is told by a student to the school counselor will remain confidential unless: Someone is harming the student, the student is harming themselves or someone else, or we are given permission to share the information.