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What Do Middle School Counselors Do?

Middle School Counselors Implement the School Counseling Program by Providing:

School Guidance Curriculum

  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning

  • Goal-setting/decision- making
  • Academic planning
  • Career planning
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition planning

Responsive Services

  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

System Support

  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation

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Your School counselor provides programs in three domains: academic, career, and personal/social.


A variety of services and programs help students resolve emotional, social or behavioral problems and help them develop a clearer focus or sense of direction.  Effective counseling programs are important to the school climate and are a crucial element in improving student achievement.


Counselor Standards:

Who and how do we assist?

Student Support Parent Support Teacher Support

Programs or Activities offered

by Counseling Department


Classroom Guidance


Career Guidance


Small Group Social Skills


Small Group (Specific) Skills


1 on 1 Counseling


Behavioral Goal Setting

Referrals for Food, Clothing, etc.


Needs & Counseling


Interpreting Tests Results

Academic Screenings


Referrals for Resources


504 plan managers



Duke University Talent Identification Program


8th to 9th Grade Transitional Activities


7th Grade Career Day


5th to 6th Grade Transitional Activities


Tips for Middle School Success

Here are a few tips to help your child be successful in middle school:


Be organized. Use your student planner. Get everything organized for the next day before you go to bed.


Manage your time well. Use any extra time in school to get started on homework. Have a regular time and place to study.


Study smart. Even if there is no homework, there are always notes that can be reviewed. Be sure to write no homework in your planner so your parents will know you have no assignments. Break large assignments down into smaller parts.


Have an open line of communication with teachers & the school. If you have questions about your child's academics or behavior, call or email the teacher. Download the Remind 101 app so you can be up to date on school events. 


Be smart about social media. Think before you post. If you wouldn't feel comfortable with your parents seeing it, don't post it! It doesn't disappear because you delete it. Anyone can take a screenshot. Chatting online with someone you don't know can be dangerous. Be careful online and never give out personal information.  

Career Exploration Through GCIS

As a part of their career readiness activities, each middle school student  will create a portfolio on the Georgia Career Information Center, and complete various activities that will assist them in career exploration. Please ask you child to show you what they are learning. Here is more information on the bill about college and career readiness activities BRIDGE Act (PDF)

Helpful Links:

Mrs. Jessica Hirst

6th Grade and 7th Grade (Last Names A-K)



Ms. Natasha Natson

7th Grade (Last names L-Z) & 8th Grade Counselor


How do I make an appointment with the counselor?

  • Stop by the counselor's office yourself (with permission from your teacher).
  • Ask a teacher to schedule an appointment for you.
  • Ask you parent or guardian to schedule the appointment for you by calling Mrs. Hirst or Ms. Natson at 212-8720.