Upper School Counseling Department
Upper School Counseling supports Middle School and High School students in their personal and social development within the context of their academic career at George Washington Academy, “…a caring community where students’ needs are a priority and where traditional Moroccan and American values are respected and encouraged to coexist.” (excerpt from GWA mission statement)
“Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse and mobile society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help ensure they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, students need support, guidance and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. Adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.” - American School Counselors Association (ASCA)
Meet the Counselors
Upper School Counselor (Last Names A-H)
Upper School Counselor (Last Names I-Z)
Please stop by to see your school counselor or email her to schedule an appointment.
The Upper School Counselors Offices are located in the Upper School Administrative Offices and are open Monday through Friday from 08:00 to 16:00 when school is in session.
Individual Appointments: Every student in grades 6th through 12th has the opportunity to meet with their Upper School Counselor to talk about social and emotional concerns in a safe and confidential environment.
Group Sessions: Small groups provide students opportunities to learn practical skills that can help them with communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, and their studies. Students gain understanding of themselves, including their strengths and weaknesses, to help them with their peer relationships.
Crisis Response: The school counselors provides psychological first aid to those affected by a personal and/or family tragedy.
Consultation: Parents are encouraged to meet with the counselors to discuss behavioral and social/emotional concerns, as well as parenting and the effect of family dynamics. The counselors collaborate with teachers and staff to enhance student success.
Mental Health Awareness: Classroom presentations and training on mental health related topics for students and the broader GWA community focus on both prevention and response.
Referrals: The counselor provides referrals to mental health professionals such as psychologists and psychiatrists for further evaluation and ongoing treatment, if a student’s condition warrants this kind of intervention.
Tips for Middle School parents: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/articl...
Study Skills: A Handout for Parents: http://www.ldonline.org/article/5904
Parents, What To Expect in 9th Grade: http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/10668-high-school-what-to-expect-in-ninth-grade