Personal, Social and Academic Counseling
Students’ social/emotional wellbeing is important to us. We have counselors who promote the emotional, social and academic growth of all learners. Our counseling team facilitates and guides our student wellness programs, ensuring that everyone learns in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment.
Elementary Counseling Overview
The Elementary School Counselors work with all elementary students and families in grades PK through Grade 5 to address personal/social, developmental, and academic issues. Throughout the year, the counselors facilitate social and emotional learning lessons within each homeroom, offer support for all parents with workshops, and work closely with teachers to ensure students are receiving the needed support.
- Many students go through different transitions while in an international school. We help students who are new to or leaving school and Grade 5 students as they transition from Elementary to Middle School.
- Moving is also common within our international community and we have gathered resources to help families as they transition into not only a new school, but also a new country.
Classroom Guidance Lessons
At ISK, we believe the elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication, and life skills, as well as character values. Students are developing and acquiring attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Because of this, we offer comprehensive guidance and support in our school with a student-centered approach.
Listed below are some of the curriculums we use with our guidance lessons, which are research-based and reinforce skills for learning, empathy and compassion, emotion management, problem solving, and safeguarding skills.
- Second Step Curriculum
- Kelso’s Choices
- Protect Yourself Rules
- Talking about Touching
Small group counseling
There are a variety of groups that are offered each school year, depending on the needs of students.
Listed below are some of the groups we have led over the years:
- New Student
- Conflict Resolution
- Self-esteem Building
- Social Thinking skills
- Social Detectives
- Worry Warriors
- Leaving students
- And MORE…
Parent workshops/ presentations
Each year, we offer several parent workshops or coffee talks.
Listed below are some of the topics covered in previous years:
- How to Keep your child Healthy and Safe
- Positive Parenting
- Parenting with Love and Logic
- DEI Coffee series
- How to Help your child be Happy and Successful
- Parenting for Success
- Parent Well-Being series
- The 5 Love Languages
- Birth Order
- And MORE...
Middle School Counseling Overview
In keeping with our ISK Middle School Philosophy, the Middle School Counseling Program is dedicated to meeting the unique physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of students as they transition from childhood to adolescence.
Our Middle School is a safe and nurturing environment with an ethos of caring and compassion. Relationships are of primary importance to middle level learners, as peers begin to have a much bigger influence than parents and teachers. We recognize this critical part of adolescent development, and have structures in place to support positive peer relationships. Our Middle School is organized into grade level teams where individual student needs and concerns are brought to the table, and plans are created to address those needs. Our advisory program also provides our students with an adult advocate, guide, and mentor.
The Middle School Counselor works with individual students and groups to address personal/social, developmental, and academic issues. The counselor also facilitates Social and Emotional Learning lessons during advisory sessions throughout the school year.
- Social Emotional Support individually and through Advisory Program
- Decision Making Skills
- Communication and conflict resolution
Highlight how we help students process their problems and plan goals and action, fostering an environment of self-awareness, acceptance, and diversity
- Individual & Group counseling
- Parent workshops/ presentations/ book clubs
High School Counseling Overview
The High School counselors serve as advocates for and support students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and assist with exploring post-secondary opportunities. The ISK High School counseling team consists of 3 counselors for Grades 9 to 12 and one administrative assistant. Two counselors focus on academic and university counseling in addition to supporting the academic, social, and emotional needs of students. The third counselor works to meet the wellbeing needs of all our students. All counselors work in partnership with families, faculty, administration, and outside resources in support of students achieving their goals.
- Individual student academic program planning
- Advocating for students
- Schedule classes and advise on course selection
- Mediate between students, teachers and parents
- Analyze data from student achievement, student surveys and various assessments
- Refer students for student support services
Well-being/Personal/Social Development Counseling
- Providing individual and small group counseling services to students
- Help the principals identify and resolve student issues
- Crisis response
- Refer students for outside services
- Monitor student behavioral interventions
- Help design advisory sessions on pertinent issues
- Review admissions files and make recommendations regarding academic fit and planning
- Assist students with transitions into and out of the school parent and student meetings for post secondary planning
- Organize parent and student meetings for college/university planning
- Coordinate college admissions visits to campus
- Organize and administer the SAT testing
- Interpret the standardized test scores with students and parents
- Support students through the college application process
- Support students with post secondary planning not including university such a gap years, military service, employment