Counseling, Guidance and Support Services
Counseling, Guidance, and Support Services personnel play a significant role in all divisions of the School. The services they provide fulfill Horace Mann’s mission to support the personal, social and emotional development of all students. Professionals who provide these services include psychologists, social workers, school counselors, school nurses, learning specialists, speech and language pathologists, and college counselors. Counseling, guidance, and support services professionals work closely with academic deans, advisors, outside professionals, and teachers. The team approach is appropriate to the developmental needs of the students in each division.
The Nursery Division program is coordinated by a psychologist and social worker who have specialized training in early childhood development. Services include classroom assessment; intervention; counseling and referral; consultation with teachers and outside professionals; and parent workshops. The Lower Division program includes a psychologist, math specialist, learning specialist, school nurse, two part-time reading specialists, and speech and language pathologists. Services include classroom assessment; learning and emotional consultation and referrals; individual and small-group counseling; small-group literacy instruction, math enrichment and remediation, and learning remediation; classroom work with teachers that includes providing materials to help support the various curriculum areas; individual and small-group speech and language therapy and evaluation; and student/parent health and safety education.
Support Services in the Middle Division are provided by a Director of Guidance, a Coordinator of Academic Support Services, a Learning Specialist, and a Life Skills teacher. The Director of Guidance coordinates the homeroom advisory program; manages the peer mentoring program; provides individual and small group counseling; offers counseling and referrals to families; serves as a resource to faculty; organizes student and family educational workshops with guest speakers; and oversees the Life Skills Curriculum. The Coordinator of Academic Support Services provides individual academic counseling; conducts student observational assessment, intervention and referrals; presents to faculty and parents on learning disorders; and summarizes outside educational evaluations with an emphasis on teaching strategies and classroom work. The Learning Specialist provides individual academic support. In addition, a staff member manages the Academic Center and the test center where students access their test accommodations and take make-up exams.
The Director of Counseling and Guidance in the Upper Division oversees the work of a learning disabilities specialist, a social worker, a part-time psychologist and a health educator. Services include coordination of the advisory program; individual academic and emotional counseling; consultation and referrals with outside evaluators; facilitation of support groups for parents of students with learning disabilities; peer tutoring; and classroom programs that address the specific developmental needs of ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders. The Department also offers classes in Introductory and Advanced Placement Psychology, and provides a testing center where students have access to testing accommodations.