Guidance and Counseling
.Please phone the main office for messages requiring immediate attention at 636-891-6650.
All students will be valued and provided results-based instruction in the areas of Career, Academic, and Personal Social Development, through a comprehensive guidance program, as they acquire skills, abilities and attitudes that empower them to be lifelong contributing members of society.
About Guidance and Counseling
School counseling is an integral part of the total educational program at Ridge Meadows. It is a comprehensive program that includes sequential activities from kindergarten through fifth grade. It is developmental and facilitative in nature, as it assists students in developing competencies for life experiences and transitions.
The counseling program assists students in acquiring the skills and attitudes necessary to be successful learners. It emphasizes that the classroom is a child's first workplace and that communication, decision-making, interpersonal, and career awareness skills are important to their success.
The School Counseling program includes:
- The curriculum consists of classroom lessons and large group presentations.
- Individual Planning consists of activities that help all students plan, monitor, and manage their own learning as well as their personal and career development.
- Responsive Services that consist of activities to meet the immediate needs and concerns of students.
- System Support that consists of management activities that establish, maintain, and enhance the total guidance program.
The school counselor is here to help your child have a successful year. Their goal is to help your child feel happy, confident and connected to our school community. Please feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns.
Character education is infused in guidance lessons as well as classroom lessons taught by all members of Ridge Meadows' staff.
Some other counselor responsibilities include:
- Teaching guidance lessons in all classrooms
- Conferencing with teachers and parents
- Interpreting individual test results
- Coordinating CARE team meetings
- Facilitating referrals to Rockwood's Gifted Program
- Facilitating referrals for Special Education (Special School District)
- Providing short-term individual counseling
- Facilitating small group counseling
Appointments can be made in many ways:
- A student may request an appointment
- A teacher may request an appointment for a student
- A parent may request an appointment for a student
- An administrator may request an appointment for a student