Nottingham Elementary School Counseling Program
The Nottingham Elementary Counseling Program became a Recognized American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Program (RAMP) in 2011. The program Re-RAMPed in 2014. The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. Approximately 4000 schools nationwide have received this honor since the program’s inception in 2004. RAMP applications are reviewed by a panel of school counseling professionals.
The primary audience for the “Counselor’s Corner” is parents. We want to inform parents about the school counseling program and state our willingness to work as part of a team to maximize the functioning of all Nottingham students. A school counseling program is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design and developmental in nature. The Nottingham counseling program is designed to ensure that every student receives the program benefits. The program focuses on what students should know, understand, and be able to do in 3 areas: academic, college and career readiness, and social/emotional. The majority of the school counselors’ time is spent in direct services with students; however, the counselors are available to parents and staff for consultation. We support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the Nottingham community.
What is Counseling?
Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals (American Counseling Association, 2010).
What do school counselors do?
- Develop a plan for the program based on needs
- Counsel students individually and/or in groups
- Provide systematic and developmental classroom lessons to all students
- Respond to student needs in crisis situations
- Orient students to new school settings
- Work with absentees and chronic tardiness
- Refer students to special programs and/or services when necessary
- Analyze assessment results to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests and needs
- Coordinate efforts with other school specialists
- Conduct conferences with parents and facilitate parent discussion groups
- Coordinate staff support activities
- Adhere to ethical and legal standards
- Pursue continuous professional growth and development
- Conduct an annual evaluation of the school counseling program
Beliefs, Vision, and Mission
The professional school counselors serving Nottingham Elementary School believe:
- All students can achieve and meet high standards that will result in post-secondary success
- The counseling program addresses the “head and heart” of students – essential to academic, social/emotional and career success
- Students’ developmental needs are best met by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that aligns with national, state, and local standards
- Data collection and analysis drive the school counseling program goals for promoting student achievement
- Counselors act as leaders at the school and district levels to create systemic change that benefits our students
- Counselors advocate for equitable access to resources and opportunities to meet individual students’ needs by fostering strong school, family, and community partnerships
- Counselors promote a safe, welcoming, and inclusive school climate that values and respects the diverse cultural identities represented in our school
- Counselors manage, plan, deliver, and evaluate the school counseling program in collaboration with an active school advisory committee made up of parents, staff, students and community members, all of whom understand our students’ needs
- Counselors’ participation in professional development activities is essential to maintaining a quality school counseling program
- Counselors abide by the principles of ethical behaviors as outlined in ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.
Nottingham students are high-achieving learners who strive for academic excellence. Supported by a deliberate and comprehensive school counseling program, all students attain self-directed personal growth in order to become well-rounded individuals who are responsible and act with integrity. All students pursue individually challenging post-secondary opportunities, including the pursuit of higher education, rewarding careers, and healthy work/life balance. All students leave Nottingham well-prepared by the counselors to make positive contributions to our diverse community in the 21st century.
The Nottingham School Counseling Program is dedicated to helping all students establish their unique academic, career, and social/emotional goals so they can reach their maximum potentials. To meet the needs of the whole child, counselors help all students overcome challenges that interfere with their learning and development. Through advocacy and fostering of a safe and inclusive school climate, counselors ensure that all students have equity and access to a challenging curriculum, needed resources, and support. By collaborating with staff, families, and community members, the school counseling program prepares all students to be successful lifelong learners, effective problem solvers, and responsible global citizens in a changing society.
Privacy and confidentiality are essential to having an effective school counseling program. Nottingham recognizes the importance of good communication and good working relationships between students, parents, and the school. Therefore, every effort will be made to protect student and parent privacy rights except under certain limited conditions. These conditions generally included safety issues (harm to self and/others), legal issues, and professional responsibilities (see the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors at www.schoolcounselor.org).