New Directions Alternative HS Program
**Counseling services are available to all students and their families. Please feel free to call me if you have a concern or question.
Vision, Mission, Beliefs (School/County/State)
Vision, Mission, Beliefs of New Directions’ School Counseling Program:
New Directions’ students will graduate prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century by being college and career ready. All students will participate in academic rigor and take advantage of quality opportunities provided by school and community that lead to personal, academic, social and emotional growth. With the support of a comprehensive counseling program, caring teachers and the collaboration of stakeholders, students will be empowered to become life-long learners, leaders and responsible members of society.
The mission of the counseling program is to help students achieve their fullest potential and become productive citizens by using a comprehensive counseling program that includes collaboration with all stakeholders, advocacy and equal access to school and community resources
• A comprehensive counseling program helps students achieve and meet personal, academic, social and emotional goals.
• All students can achieve and meet high academic standards that will result in college and career success.
• School counselors must be advocates and collaborators in providing equitable access to academic rigor and opportunities for growth and success for every student.
• Data must be collected and analyzed to develop a quality school counseling program that promotes student achievement.
Role of New Directions’ School Counselor:
- Counseling individual students/families as needed and maintain confidentiality
- Counseling with small groups
- Consulting with teachers and parents to assist them in meeting individual student needs
- Coordinating referrals to school and community agencies and resources
- Assisting with state testing programs
- Participating in IEP and 504 meetings
- Providing information and resources for parents and teachers
- Child and Family Resources of Arlington County: http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/HumanServices/services/family/HumanServicesServicesFamilyChildrenFamily.aspx
- Behavioral Care Services: http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/HumanServices/services/bhd/HumanServicesServicesBhdBehavioralHealthcare.aspx
- Court Mandated Programs and Services: http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/JuvenileDomesticRelations/JuvenileDomesticRelationsProgramsServices.aspx
Graduation Requirements: (view page 9 – Standard Diploma and page 10 – Advanced Diploma)
Vocational and Technical Schools:
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges: A data base of vocational and technical schools: http://www.accsc.org/page-not-found.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/DirectorySearch.aspx
- Cut Class: A data base of cosmetology programs: http://www.cutclass.com/
- Culinary Ed: A data base of culinary arts programs: http://www.culinaryed.com/
- Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation: A data base of massage therapy schools: http://www.comta.org/main/about-comta/
- National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation: A data base of automotive and auto body schools: http://www.natef.org/certified.cfm
- Air Force: http://www.af.mil/
- Marines: http://www.marines.mil/Pages/Default.aspx
- Army: http://www.army.mil/
- Navy: http://www.navy.mil/
- Coast Guard: http://www.uscg.mil/
- Army Reserves: http://www.goarmy.com/reserve/nps.html?sicontent=0&sicreative=493276333&sitrackingid=2809447
- Air National Guard: http://www.ang.af.mil/
- Four Year Public and Private Universities in Virginia: Admission requirements for colleges including GPA and SAT requirements: /wp-content/uploads/legacy_assets/newdirections/3f501660d9-LHQuickRefGuidetoColleges10.pdf
- Common Application: A non-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admissions application – online and in print – that students may use to submit to any of our nearly 300 members: https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx
- Public Colleges of Virginia: http://www.schev.edu/students/publiccollegelist.asp
- Private Colleges of Virginia: http://www.cicv.org/
- Virginia View: Career Outlook: http://www.vaview.vt.edu/
- FINAID: Find links to information on all types of financial aid programs: http://www.finaid.org/
- FastWeb: A starting point to research financial aid opportunities: .http://www.fastweb.com/
- FAFSA: File your federal financial aid forms online at this site: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/