The Savannah Country Day School

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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.

In addition, the Learning Support Program provides support to students who have been identified and assessed with specific learning needs in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program provides differentiated learning support, comprehensive academic resources, and extensive guidance for students, parents, and faculty. The focus is on helping students successfully navigate Country Day's curricular expectations and maximize academic potential.

For more information on the Learning Support Program, click here. 

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  • 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.
    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. 
    Individual children and parents are welcome to talk to the counselor individually when a special concern or need arises.  The lower school counselor is also a liason between parents, teachers, and students to ensure their continued progress both academically and socially. The lower school testing program is coordinated by the counselor. Test results and their implications are interpreted for both teachers, parents and sometimes students.
    The Lower School counselor is a non authoritarian adult in each child's life, a human relations specialist, competent with both children and adults, possesses qualities of warmth, concern and a capacity for trust as well as having an educational background in guidance, counseling, psychology, sociology and educational philosophy.
  • 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

    The Upper School Guidance Counselor is responsible for the developmental counseling needs of students advocating for and assistingthem in their academic, social, personal, and emotional development.The counselor provides direct service to students and works collaboratively with families, faculty, administrators, and community therapists to help students succeed. The counseling program includes educational programs for students and families. 

    Academic Resources For Upper School Students
    • Academic development:
      • Learning disabilities and ADHD: maintains files and develops accommodation plans
      • Learning styles
      • Referral to outside services
      • Motivational issues
      • Teacher-student concerns
      • Family and personal issues that interfere with student success
    • Social/ personal/emotional development: 
      • Friendship/fitting in
      • Substance abuse prevention programs/education
      • Dating and relationships
      • Diversity/inclusion
      • Depression and related issues such as self-injury  and eating disorders
      • Family issues
      • Crisis intervention
    • Consultation regarding academic, social, personal, and emotional concerns: 
      • Faculty
      • Administrators
      • Families
      • Community experts
    • Liaison with therapists in the community when areferral for evaluation or ongoing services is warranted.  
    Student Led Resources 
    • Senior mentors are 12th grade students who assist with 8thgraders’ transition to upper school, chaperon freshman weekend, andmentor ninth graders
    • SALSA, Students Advocating Living without Substance Abuse, is agroup of students who, by visiting local 4th and 5th grade classroomsand sharing their own reasons for not using alcohol, tobacco, or otherdrugs, 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

    Confidentiality: The Upper School Counselor follows the American SchoolCounselor Association ethical guidelines regarding confidentiality.

    Confidentiality may be broken in under certain situation:
    •    The student presents a threat of danger to self or others.
    •    The student requests the sharing of information with specified others.
    •    Court order.
    •    Professional consultation.
    •    Reports of neglect or abuse.
    •    In a group situation, confidentiality is stressed, but difficult to guarantee

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  • Lower School Learning Support Program

    In Lower School, our Learning Specialist team applies their specialized training in learning differences to support students during their early learning. The Learning Support program offers individualized one-to-one tutoring focusing on literacy and math skills development. This framework is valuable in addressing potential gaps in understanding and mastery of basic learning skills in the early grades.  The program also offers speech-language, physical and occupational therapy screenings and individual therapy on campus, if needed. We offer services through an outside resource in the lower school. Speech-language and occupational therapists play an important role in literacy development. Services from outside professionals may be recommended to assist in providing a more comprehensive educational plan for students.
  • Middle School Learning Support Program

    As students continue to grow as learners in the Middle School, our Learning Specialist team supports students who experience general academic difficulties due to challenges with work organization, time management, reading efficiency, problem-solving strategies, attention issues, and/or specific learning differences. Our learning specialists work closely with students, parents, and teachers to maximize the student’s strengths and bolster self-advocacy, motivation, and self-confidence. The learning specialists use their expertise and curricular knowledge to incorporate individualized learning strategies and skills into subject-specific instruction and reinforcement. By incorporating reading interventions, math support, and a variety of specialized strategies the learning specialists set goals to minimize the student’s struggles in the middle school.
  • Upper School Learning Support Program

    In the Upper School, our Learning Specialist team provide support and review to assist students with mastery of content area information as well as time management, organizational, and study skills strategies. We encourage increased independence and self-advocacy as students mature.  For juniors and seniors, assistance with College Board and ACT documentation regarding requests for accommodations is provided.