St. Ursula School's Counseling Program is comprehensive in nature as it strives to meet the needs of ALL students in their academic, personal/social, and career development. The School Counselor consults with teachers, administration, mental health teams, staff, parents/guardians, and community agencies regarding strategies to better help students achieve success in their academic, personal/social, and career development. In all situations, the school counselor is an advocate for the student.
Rainbows is a group for children led by trained, adult facilitators. The program is for children who are living in single-parent families, step-families, or families going through painful transitions such as death and deployment. Rainbows provides an opportunity for children to put feelings into words, work through their grief, and share with other children in a peer support group.
If a child is not progressing academically, the school may ask the parents to initiate or the parents may initiate on their own the process to request professional assistance from the local public school system. The IEP Process is available to children who may need further academic assistance. The IEP process begins with the collection of screening information to determine if there is a reason to suspect a disability under special education laws. An initial IEP meeting with the IEP committee from the child’s local public school (St. Ursula School must be invited to participate in this meeting) will determine whether or not an evaluation plan is necessary.
If an evaluation plan is developed and the test results determine that there is a need for implementation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), St. Ursula School administrators will consult with the parents to determine the most appropriate academic placement for the child.