Student Support Services

Each division, Lower, Middle, and Upper School, has its own professional guidance counselor. The three guidance counselors are responsible for meeting the developmental counseling needs of SCDS students, advocating for and assisting them in their academic, social, personal, moral/ethical, and emotional development; in each area, both prevention and intervention are integral components of the program.

The counselors provide direct service to students and consult and collaborate with faculty, administrators, and families. They serve as resources, as well as direct service providers, in the event of crises. The three counselors play a vital role in admissions and assist new students and their families in making a successful transition to SCDS. In addition, the counselors act as liaisons with therapists in the community when a referral for evaluation or ongoing services is warranted. At each level, the program includes educational programs for students and families.

Lower School Guidance

The Lower School has a developmental guidance program for grades PreK-5. The counselor works with each student in the lower school in whole group settings with their class on a regular schedule. The whole group sessions include topics as:learning about yourself, getting along with others, making decisions, and communicating.


In addition, the counselor works with small groups of students who share concerns about: making friends, getting along with others, study habits, home situations, sharing feelings, managing time, and controlling anger. 



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MIddle School Guidance

The period of adolescence is a time of rapid change and growth for students as they approach physical, mental, and emotional maturity.  During this stage they desire more independence. experience new responsibilities, and search for social identity.  With these new self discoveries, they readjust their role in their family, in their class, and in the world around them.


The Middle School Guidance Program nurtures and supports students during this transitional stage through a multifaceted program in which Advisor Program serves as the nucleus.  The Guidance Counselor oversees the Advisor Program assisting teacher advisors with the facilitative process and group dynamics, and leads many of the program activities.  The Advisor Program fosters a positive school climate where our students see their teachers as caring advocates who are interested in their lives and development as well as their academic growth.


Additionally, the counselor serves as a consultant and a resource for the teacher advisors, expanding this service to also include the parents as they readjust parenting methods to fit the changes occurring in their adolescent at home.  The counselor works with students who have difficulties with social, emotional and academic issues and maintains close communication with parents throughout the middle school years.


Upper School Guidance
Related Programs:
  • Senior mentors are 12th grade students who assist with 8th graders’ transition to upper school, chaperon freshman weekend, and mentor ninth graders
  • SALSA, Students Advocating Living without Substance Abuse, is a group of students who, by visiting local 4th and 5th grade classrooms and sharing their own reasons for not using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, break the myth that all high school students are substance users
  • Ninth Grade Health Course
  • Educational programs for students and parents
  • Oversee Freedom from Chemical Dependency prevention plan
  • Advisor to Student Council

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Guidance Counselors
Mrs. Ellen Tate

Lower School Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Edith 'Edie' Eason

Middle School Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Kathleen 'Kathy' Hodges

Upper School Guidance Counselor