Counseling at AST

Diane Wilson
Dan Norton-Middaugh
Technology Coordinator / University Admissions

The school counselor at AST offers services to students in grades 1 through12.  A Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling (CGC) model has been created by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA).  The CGC model incorporates curriculum, responsive services, student services and system support.

The school counselor curriculum: includes the facilitation of individual, small group and classroom guidance counseling lessons to enhance the academic, personal/social and career needs of students.

Responsive services: occur when the counselor reacts to situations, is needed to help resolve issues, handles crisis situations, or other events when the counselor is needed immediately.

Student services: The counselor oversees activities that help students' in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development and work to achieve personal and academic goals.

System support: encompasses many tasks including program management, professional development, staff and community collaboration and consultation.

AST has adapted this model to best serve our students and families.  These programs seek to serve all students in a preventative and proactive nature. The counselor visits students in elementary and middle school in their classrooms once a week for classroom guidance lessons, and meets with high school students to address personal and academic concerns.  Students are invited to participate in small group sessions that meet once a week to talk about different issues depending on the need.  If a student has an individual problem they are welcome to visit the counselor's office to talk one-on-one.  The school counselor assists with scheduling of classes, coordinates standardized testing and ensures students are meeting their graduation requirements. 

College selection and application processes: The college and university admissions advisor supports the college selection and application processes.

Questions or Comments: Please contact us.