Concordia provides a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, personal, social, spiritual, and developmental needs of all students. We view students holistically and the counseling program fosters self-respect and self-esteem as well as respect for others within and outside of our diverse community.
Our counseling team advocates for students and provides support to maximize each student’s potential, gifts, skills, and academic achievement. Our counselors work in partnership with parents, teachers, and administrators in the best interest of each student. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their choices and are taught to explore solution-based strategies for positive change.
The first impressions of school can influence a child for many years ahead. Occasionally children may need assistance with the developmental challenges of making friends, separating from parents and learning appropriate school behavior. Some children may also encounter difficulties that can impact their ability to learn, such as divorce or separation from family, moving, or loss of a loved one. Counseling services are available to assist with these types of concerns.
"The early childhood years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success.”
(American School Counseling Association, 2016)
Concordia’s Early Childhood counseling program is concerned with the emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth of each student so that he/she may reach his/her full potential.
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family.
Our Elementary School counseling program provides education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of the student’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.
We offer the following counseling services to the Elementary School community:
- One-on-one counseling support, maintaining appropriate confidentiality
- Problem resolution, group counseling support
- Parent consultation on issues related to their child’s learning and development
- Close connection with external agencies and experts in supporting students and their families
- Organization of parent forums and workshops on topics of interest
- Transition assistance for parents and students to our school and other schools
The Middle School counseling team helps Grade 5 to 8 students establish academic routines and develop social/emotional wellness in both individual and group settings. Our counselors also work with parents when referrals for academic testing or private counseling are necessary. Our counselors support students in transition to the school or within the school, and train the Concordia Student Ambassadors who welcome and care for new students. Concordia also has a Care and Concern team which is comprised of a group of counselors and teachers who monitor the academic and social adjustments of our students.
The Concordia Counselors view students as unique individuals; each student is received with honor and respect. Confidentiality is a priority in all counseling sessions. Reasons to visit the counselor may include:
- Academic difficulties
- Course Planning
- Culture Shock
- Family Issues
- Friends/ Social Issues
- Social Skills
- Study Skills
- Tutor referrals
To make an appointment, please contact the counselors via email or through the Middle School secretary.
Each Concordia High School counselor serves as an advocate in assisting students with all academic, personal, social, spiritual, and developmental needs. In addition, the same counselor provides guidance in college and career planning. Students are typically referred to their counselors in one of four ways: self-referral, parental-referral, peer-referral, or teacher-referral. Students are assigned a counselor based on their homeroom.
The purpose of college guidance at Concordia is to provide a personalized, student-centered program that informs and supports both students and parents. Counselors help students discover college or university communities that will best serve their academic and personal growth.
Our college guidance is a four-year program educating parents and students extensively about preparing for college, the college search process, completing applications, and ultimately selecting a college/university. The degree of guidance increases and becomes more specialized as students advance through Grades 9 to 12. All Grade 11 students are required to take a quarter credit college and career planning class, Gifts, Goals, and God, which helps students evaluate their values, interests, personality, and skills.
Communication with families is done through group meetings with parents and students at all four grade levels, emails, publications, the Concordia website, and most importantly in individual guidance sessions.
We view students as unique individuals, operate from a position of respect for the student, and make confidentiality a priority in all counseling sessions. Reasons to see a counselor include (but are not limited to):
- Academic Struggles
- Course Planning
- Culture Shock
- Family Issues
- Friend/Social Concerns
- Study Skills