Guidance photoThe guidance program at Center School is integral to the success of our students. Coordinated by the Guidance Counselor, each student’s learning path is closely monitored by a team of professionals dedicated to the success of each child.

The Guidance Counselor (GC) coordinates the guidance program and is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of student learning profiles in accordance with Center School’s mission and philosophy. Learning profiles include accommodations, interventions, and strategies to leverage the student’s strengths and affinities in order to bypass areas of weakness.

Student progress is continuously monitored through a collaborative approach during Child Study meetings. The GC is a member of the instructional team which includes the student’s advisor and/or homeroom teacher, the team of teachers that work with that child and the Director of Education.

In addition, the GC is responsible for the flow of communication between the student’s team of educators, outside professionals, and parents in order to enhance the academic, social, and emotional skills needed for school success.

Center School Guidance Program 2016–2017

Our Motto: We are Respectful; We are Responsible; We are Ready to Learn, is the foundation from which our theme, communication and behavior guidelines are built.

Our Theme: CS: Where Our Character Counts will be integrated into the curriculum and also taught during class guidance lessons. The Pillars of Character from the Character Counts National Coalition helps weave our community together. Students at CS are taught what it means to be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring and good citizens, and they are encouraged to embody these characteristics in and out of the school.

Developmental Guidance Lessons are taught school-wide and provide an affective educational approach which focuses on interpersonal skills, metacognition, emotions, and character education as well as executive functions with emphasis on self- advocacy.

Executive Functions are the cognitive abilities and processes that control and regulate most of what we do every day. For many of our students, these executive function skills do not come naturally so they are explicitly taught during whole class lessons and also woven into day to day activities.

Child Study Meetings use a collaborative approach to discuss, share and monitor students’ academic, social and emotional progress. The child study team, which includes the Director of Education, counselor and the student’s team of teachers, is a vehicle that is continually reevaluating the strategies and accommodations that aid in optimal student progress. Learning profiles include information from the student’s educational evaluation as well as accommodations, interventions, and strategies to leverage each student’s strengths and affinities in order to bypass challenge areas

Student Services from non-CS personnel are coordinated through the counselor. Currently these include: occupational therapist interns from the University of the Sciences, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit personnel, such as school psychologists who may administer psychological evaluations, and speech services delivered by speech/language teachers. Mindfulness and movement exploration and instruction from trained clinicians is also an integral part of the foundation of services provided to our students.

Small groups including lunch bunches and individual student meetings are scheduled as needed and may be teacher, parent or student initiated.