The Lower School guidance program uses a "primary prevention"
approach in order to prevent minor problems from developing
into major ones. The approach is based on the fact that all
children are unique individuals and have numerous strengths
from which they can draw as they attempt to cope with the
many challenges of growing up.
Through a program of classroom guidance activities with the
guidance counselor, we seek to develop character and nurture
the uniqueness of every child. These activities are designed
to increase the student's self-esteem and sense of identity,
to develop decision-making and communication skill, and to
promote a better understanding of feelings and the world around
them. Students also explore the dynamics of group cooperation
as they work together toward a common goal.
Even small children have frustrations and problems, which
occasionally seem overwhelming. For this reason, individual
and small group counseling are available with the guidance