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Guidance Counselor Grades CD-4                                                                                                                                               Barbara Davis, (655-2758)                                    


Guidance Counselor Grades 5-8 and Career Facilitator                                                                                                               Thomasena Mitchell-Simmons, (655-2757)

Purpose: At St. Matthews K8 School, the comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program is an essential component of the total instructional program, which provides all students the opportunity for optimum development. Students should gain skills that assist them with their own development toward productive citizenship.

Mission: The Comprehensive Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program is to assist the school and community by planning, developing, and implementing a program that supports the personal, social, educational, career development of all students Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.

 Philosophy and Rationale:

* Learning is a lifelong process.
* The needs and diversity of all students are addressed at all educational levels.

* The program provides developmental opportunities and experiences as it addresses student development areas: learning to live, learning to learn, and learning to work* *Fostering a positive self-image is the collaborative effort of the school, home and                                                   community leading to responsible and productive citizenship.




Students at SMK8 participate in career activities from career assessments to job shadowing. Students are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of opportunities that assists them in making informed choices for high school courses and future careers.


6th grade- Introduction to Career Clusters, SCOIS

7th grade-SCOIS

8th grade- College and Major Searches, Individual Graduation Plans, Virtual and Actual Job Shadowing


The Guidance counselor sees students for:
    *Individual Counseling
    *Small Group Counseling
    *Classroom Guidance

The guidance office hours are 8:00-3:30 Monday through Friday and are located on the main hallway near the gymnaium.