At Fayetteville Academy, we are committed to our students’ success in and out of the classroom. As our students face the rigors and expectations of academic demands, along with the normal challenges of childhood and adolescence, it is our goal to provide a school environment that optimizes students’ learning and emotional well-being.
The School Counseling Office is responsible for providing academic, personal, relational, and developmental support to students and their families. Issues that may be addressed include: adjustment and coping with personal issues such as depression, anxiety, or family issues; academic and career advisement; assessment of interests, aptitudes, and challenges; facilitating transition from school to adult life; and advocacy.
In the Lower School, the School Counseling Office provides character education lessons on a monthly basis, individual and small group counseling and assistance in assessing students’ abilities and behaviors to ensure they receive proper care and education. The counselor also teaches twice a month, contributes to assemblies, organizes Red Ribbon Week, and runs USA Club.
In the Middle and Upper School, the School Counseling Office provides both individual and small group counseling, teaches the MORE class to our 6th grade students, runs the USA Mentors Club and the Bringing Real Adolescent Voices Empowerment (BRAVE) Club, manages accommodations requests and proctoring, and is one of the coordinators of our International Student Program.
Meetings with a counselor provide a safe space to discuss any personal or school related issue and students and their families are welcome to schedule appointments or drop in at any time. However, school counseling is generally short term, and when students face more complex or long standing issues, parents will be offered referrals to seek additional support.