The counseling program at Glen Edwards Middle School (GEMS) believes that student achievement is possible when individual learning styles and abilities are respected. As such, every student experiences success when actively supported by those involved in the student's educational plan.
Furthermore, it is the philosophy of the counseling program that all students have the right to access counseling programs and services offered at GEMS. Moreover, students' progress is to be monitored individually for academic, career, and personal/social development. Simultaneously, the school counselor is to adhere to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) ethical standards of conduct in all professional and personal interactions with administrators, students, staff, parents, outside agencies, and the community, in general. Participation in professional development activities is to be an intricate part of the school counselor's duties in order to maintain a quality school counseling program.
The professional school counselor at Glen Edwards Middle School offers a comprehensive school counseling program to all students in the domain areas of academic, career, personal and social development. Students have the opportunity to be seen individually and/or in groups, whether or not they are currently in crisis. They are further supported by the school counselor via Student Study Teams, 504 Accommodation Plans, referrals and resources to community agencies, and prevention programs. The school counselor in partnership with the administration, staff, and families collaboratively supports and proactively encourages safe and productive learning environments for student success at school and at home.