The mission of the Escuela Americana counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program that addresses the academic, career, social/personal, and global development of all students. Escuela Americana counselors offer personal guidance and support to students in school in order to facilitate a clear understanding of their personal, emotional, social, and academic needs as they mature and develop.
The primary vision of the counselors is to empower students with the necessary tools to become positive, healthy, self-fulfilling members of the school community and society in general.
EA Counseling department structure:
- There are four counselors in Lower School, two in Middle School and three in Upper School.
- In Lower School, two counselors work with the Early Childhood grade levels (Pre-Kinder, Kinder and First Grade), one counselor for 2nd and 3rd grade, and another for 4th and 5th.
- Middle School and Upper School Counseling have established a looping system, where the counselor who begins as the counselor of the incoming class continues with that class throughout the corresponding division.
- Middle School Counselors will loop with the students from 6th grade through the 8th Grade.
- Upper School Counselors will loop with the students from 9th grade through 12th grade.
- All Upper School Counselors are trained and part of the College Counseling Program with a successful record of college admissions and scholarship funding.
All counselors at Escuela Americana:
1. Are advocates of students and seek to serve young people’s best interests educationally and personally.
2. Participate actively in professional development activities essential to maintaining a high quality school counseling program.
3. Are EA leaders, collaborators and agents of change both inside and outside of school.
- Guidance activities are conducted on a regular, planned, and systematic basis to assist all EA students to achieve program specific competencies.
- Although immediate individual needs and crises are to be met by the counseling staff, the major purpose and focus of the developmental approach of the EA guidance program is to provide all students with experiences to help them grow and develop.
- It is a proactive approach to guidance and preventative in design.
- The guidance counselors help students become motivated learners and encourage them to discuss concerns with their parents. When students work through their social and emotional issues, with the help of their parents and the counselor, they are able to devote attention and energy to the intellectual tasks at school.
- Counselors provide counseling services to all students through classroom guidance lessons, small group discussions, and individual assistance.
- The counseling department assists the Escuela Americana community in any emergency or crisis situation.
- The counseling department does not provide formal clinical assistance that exceeds the normal responsibilities of an educational institution. Counselors make every effort to identify students who are struggling to cope with difficulties and refer them for outside assistance with mental health professionals in those cases that require clinical intervention. The counselors engage in short term personal and family counseling when called upon in addition to academic counseling.
- Counselors at EA promote learning and the vision and mission of EA. They are committed to helping the school become a caring community, attractive to teachers and students.
- Counselors help students learn communication skills to recognize and communicate their own feelings, to listen for and be sensitive to the feelings of others, to be responsible for their own actions, and to solve problems by healthy dialogue-oriented mechanisms when conflicts arise.
4. EA Counselors abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated and stated by the American School Counselor Association.
- The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs focuses on four basic domains from which fourteen developmental standards stem from its foundation: academic, career, personal/social and the new international model which addresses an additional domain, global perspective. School counselors use these standards to help students achieve their highest potential and to structure, articulate and deliver guidance curricula.
By focusing on all members of the EA community, students, teachers and parents, the Counseling Department seeks to fulfill its mission and serve the community in the most responsible, professional, and devoted manner and ensure that all students have access to and are prepared for the full development of their potential to become responsible members of society.