What is School Counseling?
As outlined by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), a school counseling program is: comprehensive in scope, preventative in design and developmental in nature. So what does this mean?
• Comprehensive in Scope:
School Counselors focus on what all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade should know and be able to do academically, career-wise, personally and socially.
• Preventative in Design:
The school guidance curriculum teaches specific skills and learning opportunities that serve as prevention education.
• Developmental in Nature:
School counselors offer programs suitable for each student’s appropriate developmental levels.
School Counseling is an important part of the entire educational program. Counselors support students in three domains: academic, career and personal/social.
School counselors help children develop skills that will help them learn effectively.
Counselors also help students acquire skills that will prepare them to be successful in careers later in life.
Effective school counselors also help children learn social skills and teach children respect for themselves and others.
Programs Offered By Our Counseling Department:
Consultation and collaboration with students and parents
Career awareness programs
The objective of the EAL program is to facilitate the inclusion of non-native English speaking students in their mainstream classes.
We strive to provide quality EAL support for our students. Although students are required to have a certain level of English proficiency according to the year level they are applying to enter, we work with our EAL team and homeroom teachers to enable the EAL students’ transition into the mainstream class.
We adapt ‘ESL in the Mainstream’ in our curriculum and track student progress with our EAL Scope and Scales (starting from the date they are screened for admissions purposes till they are included in the mainstream class).
There are mainly two types of EAL support provided at HJIS:
- Pull-out Support
Pull-out support is for students who feel more comfortable receiving instruction at their level of proficiency. They are withdrawn from their English Language Arts classes all or part of the week by an EAL teacher and English is taught at a lower level until they gain confidence in entering the regular classes.
- In-class Support
In-class support is provided to students who feel comfortable being instructed at the school level, but need assistance accomplishing tasks assigned during English Language Arts classes. The EAL teacher spends time inside the classroom with students and they work together on the language activities, allowing the student to be supported as they become an independent learner.
The objective of the JAL program is to enable the inclusion of students in Kokugo classes. With JAL, students are either provided with lower level tasks, or provided in class support with an assistant teacher or pulled out of the classroom so that their needs are catered for.