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Arlington, VA 22207
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Thursday, April 24, 2014


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Nottingham Elementary School Counseling Program

The Nottingham Elementary Counseling Program became a Recognized American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Program (RAMP) in 2011. The program Re-RAMPed in 2014. The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. Approximately 4000 schools nationwide have received this honor since the program's inception in 2004. RAMP applications are reviewed by a panel of school counseling professionals.

The primary audience for the "Counselors' Corner" is parents. We want to inform parents about the school counseling program and state our willingness to work as part of a team to maximize the functioning of all Nottingham students. A school counseling program is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design and developmental in nature. The Nottingham counseling program is designed to ensure that every student receives the program benefits. The program focuses on what students should know, understand, and be able to do in 3 areas: academic, career, and personal/social. The majority of the school counselors' time is spent in direct services with students; however, the counselors are available to parents and staff for consultation. We support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the Nottingham community.

What is Counseling?
Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals (American Counseling Association, 2010).



What do school counselors do? 

• Develop a plan for the program based on needs
• Counsel students individually and/or in groups
• Provide systematic and developmental classroom lessons to all students
• Respond to student needs in crisis situations
• Orient students to new school settings
• Work with absentees and chronic tardiness
• Refer students to special programs and/or services when necessary
• Analyze assessment results to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests and needs
• Coordinate efforts with other school specialists
• Conduct conferences with parents and facilitate parent discussion groups
• Coordinate staff support activities
• Adhere to ethical and legal standards
• Pursue continuous professional growth and development
• Conduct an annual evaluation of the school counseling program





Nottingham Elementary School Counseling Program

Beliefs, Vision, and Mission Statement

The professional school counselors serving Nottingham Elementary School believe:

·         All students can achieve and meet high standards that will result in post-secondary success

·         Social emotional learning is essential to academic and career success

·         The comprehensive school counseling program develops student competencies based on American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Virginia, and Arlington Public Schools standards

·         Data is analyzed and formulated into school counseling program goals that guide ongoing program improvement and promote student achievement

·         Counselors foster strong school, family, and community relationships to create systemic change

·         Counselors lead, advocate and collaborate to provide equitable access to resources and opportunities that meet individual student needs

·         Counselors promote an inclusive school atmosphere by raising awareness using culturally sensitive language, and implementing a program that is responsive to a diverse community

·         Counselors lead, manage, and deliver the comprehensive school counseling program. Parents, staff, and students are involved in the planning and evaluation of the program.

·         Counselors abide by the principles of ethical behaviors as outlined in ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.

Vision Statement

Every student of Nottingham Elementary is equipped with the skills necessary to successfully pursue post-secondary opportunities. As lifelong learners and responsible citizens, our students achieve their fullest potential and make positive differences in the community.


Mission Statement

The Nottingham Counseling Program facilitates the academic, career, and personal/social growth of all learners through collaboration of staff, parents, and students. This partnership promotes a safe, caring, and respectful learning community that educates the whole child for a global world.


Privacy and confidentiality are essential to having an effective school counseling program. Nottingham recognizes the importance of good communication and good working relationships between students, parents, and the school. Therefore, every effort will be made to protect student and parent privacy rights except under certain limited conditions. These conditions generally included safety issues (harm to self and/others), legal issues, and professional responsibilities (see the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors at www.schoolcounselor.org).

Last Modified on April 14, 2014