Middle School Counseling Program
The Middle School Guidance curriculum provides academic experiences in small group classes, once per cycle, that challenge students to develop and demonstrate healthy attitudes about themselves, others and the world around them. Prevention skill building opportunities are provided in critical areas in order to empower students with positive approaches to resist negative adolescent influences and pressures. The program is required for all students in each grade level, however, these courses are not graded. Specific skill building opportunities are provided to reinforce the concepts of character education taught in Grade 6.
Grade 6 guidance classes meet in small groups once per cycle during the academic year. The curriculum emphasis is character education. Topics include self-awareness and acceptance, developing positive attitudes, caring about and giving service to others, choice and accountability, communication, honesty, developing physical, mental and emotional health, integrity, leadership, problem solving, relationships, respect and responsibility.
Grade 7 guidance classes meet in small groups once per cycle during the academic year. Specific skill building opportunities are provided to reinforce the concepts of character education taught in Grade 6. Topic areas include: stress management, friendship and group dynamics, handling peer pressure, conflict resolution I, and communication skill development.
Grade 8 guidance classes meet in small groups once per cycle during the academic year. Advanced skill building opportunities are provided in order to help students develop strong leadership qualities. Specific topic areas include: decision making and problem solving as they relate to society, school and friends, conflict resolution II, how to handle and prepare for specific moral dilemmas, how to help and support friends through difficult times and dating 101 skills. Basic career exploration will also be facilitated.