Counseling & Academic Support
Counseling and Academic support at OES rests on a solid foundation of beliefs. We believe that creating an inclusive, positive, and safe learning environment is necessary for academic risk taking, successful collaboration, and the development of resiliency. We recognize the uniqueness of every student, maintain a pervasive optimism about each student’s potential, and hold fast to the belief that every student can succeed. We believe that focusing on strengths and supporting students to overcome their challenges empowers students. When discussing concerns about student progress and planning for individual student needs, we believe that it is most helpful to avoid labels, judgments, and generalizations in favor of specific direct observations.
We are committed to removing barriers to student learning and to looking for opportunities to provide flexible instruction and evaluation as needed. We believe that an effective program depends on assessing needs, careful planning, vision, persistence, collaboration, and accountability.
The OES Counseling and Academic Support Program is deeply rooted in the OES mission, vision, strategic initiatives, essential competencies and is informed by the best practices and national standards articulated in the American School Counseling National Model. Our program draws from current research in the areas of neuroscience and learning and is proactive, strengths based, growth oriented, comprehensive, and intended to address the academic and social emotional development of all OES students Pre-K-12.