The mission of Alston Ridge Elementary School's counseling program is to provide K-5 counseling activities that are designed to assist students in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development. Students will be equally encouraged to engage in positive relationships through “bucket filling” philosophy, to build citizens of strong character and to inspire students to become successful 21st century learners.
ARE School Counseling Program Philosophy
The professional school counselor of Alston Ridge Elementary School believes that all students: · Have the ability to achieve. · Have dignity and worth. · Have the right to participate in the school counseling program. · Will be considered (including each student’s ethnic, cultural, racial, and sexual differences) in the planning and implementation of the school counseling program. · Will have access to a full-time, state-certified, national board-certified, master’s-degree-level school counselor to deliver the counseling program.
The comprehensive school counseling program of Alston Ridge Elementary School will: · Incorporate planning, management, delivery, and coordination by the counselor with students, parents/guardians, teachers, school administrators, Student Support Services staff, and community. · Examine data to drive the development and implementation of the school counseling program. · Focus on specific developmentally-appropriate and primarily preventive goals and competencies in academic, career, and personal/social domains for all students in kindergarten through grade five. · Employ myriad resources of the community in delivering programs. · Advocate for all students. · Be evaluated by administrator evaluations, reflection by counselor on data, student assessments, and teacher surveys.
The counselor at Alston Ridge Elementary School will: · Abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association · Participate in professional development activities essential to maintain a quality school counseling program. · Actively promote activities that help students grow and develop in a safe environment. · Advocate for all students.
Our program is an essential part of our students regular school environment. Click below for more information about a comprehensive school counseling program: