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About Middle & High School Counseling

Middle school is an exciting yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers.

During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.

source: The Essential Role of Middle School Counselors (PDF) by the American School Counselor Association

High school is the final transition into adulthood, postsecondary education and the world of work as students begin separating from parents and exploring and defining their independence.

Students are deciding who they are, what they do well and what they will do when they graduate. During these adolescent years, students are evaluating their strengths, skills and abilities. 

source: The Essential Role of High School Counselors (PDF) by the American School Counselor Association