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Saturday, June 25, 2016


How are students different as a result of the school counseling program?

Nottingham Elementary School (NES) began the implementation of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model during the 2007-08 school year.  A needs assessment was conducted and analyzed to get input from all stakeholder groups: staff, parents, and students.  A school counseling program advisory (counsel) committee was formed and met 6 times the first year and quarterly every year since.  On our Outlook calendar we track every consultation session, individual, small group, and classroom lesson (process data). All classroom lessons taught by counselors in grades 2-5 are evaluated using pre and post tests (perception data).  The evaluation in kindergarten and grade 1 is based on observation and performance assessment techniques. The Career Cafe initiative was assessed by staff, presenters, and students for several years.  Outcome data is tracked by the counselors, particularly behavior, attendance, and grades (work habits).  Each year we focus on particular SMART goals and carefully evaluate those components of the program. We share a summary of the assessment data each year with the administration, staff, and school counseling program advisory committee.

Annual Nottingham School Counseling

 Program Report


This report highlights some of the services provided by the Nottingham School Counseling Program during the 2015-2016 school year.  These services meet the program’s mission of helping all students establish their unique academic, career, and personal/social goals so they can reach their maximum potentials. To meet the needs of the whole child, counselors help all students overcome challenges that interfere with their learning and development. Through advocacy and fostering of a safe and inclusive school climate, counselors ensure that all students have equity and access to a challenging curriculum, needed resources, and support. By collaborating with staff, families, and community members, the school counseling program prepares all students to be successful lifelong learners, effective problem solvers, and responsible global citizens in a changing society. Total enrollment for K-5 was 441 students.

Individual Counseling

The counselors met with students one-to-one to discuss issues related to academic success as well as social emotional concerns. Number of students seen individually: 98; Percentage of students seen individually: 22%; Average number of sessions per student: 6; Number of students seen for crisis response: 33.

Small Group Counseling

The counselors led a variety of social/emotional and academic groups. Total number of groups: 44; Number of students participating in groups: 268; Number of sessions (@30 minutes): 374; groups average 8.5 sessions; Percentage of students participating in groups: 61%.

Classroom Lessons

The counselor taught all homerooms at least 10 lessons. The counselor taught 222 lessons of at least 30 minutes.


Direct services are in-person interactions between school counselor and students. All students were taught the school counseling core curriculum. Almost two-thirds were seen in individual and/or small group settings. The counselor also provided a range of indirect services including consultation with parents/guardians, collaboration with staff, intervention assistance meetings, and referrals to outside mental health service providers.

Last Modified on May 1, 2016