Student Services

Counseling Program

Our counseling program is for all of our students and based on our assessed needs. The program is planned, sequential, and goal and indicator directed. The full-time school counselor works closely with students, teachers, parents, administration, and outside experts. The counselor is a highly qualified child advocate who is driven by high ethical standards. The school counselor is a member of the Maryland School Counselors Association.

Basic Goals

  • To enable students to experience school success
  • To enable students to develop decision-making competencies
  • To assist students in understanding and respecting self and others

Components

Counseling

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Classroom guidance
  • Small and large group work

Consultation

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • School Nurse
  • Outside Agencies and Social Workers

Coordination

  • Special programs
  • Peer mediation
  • Peer helpers

IHM Student Advocacy Team

What is the Student Advocacy Team?

The Student Advocacy Team is a group of educators and administrators that meet to discuss students who seem to be having academic difficulty in school. The child’s teacher presents the concerns to the team and a course of action is determined. This course of action is then discussed with the parent. It is one more way that home and school works together in the best interest of the students.

How is a student referred to the team?

Students are referred to the team by their teacher. By the time a child is referred, the teacher has communicated with the parents of the child and tried a variety of intervention strategies in the classroom. Sometimes, the referral comes after a parent brings concerns to a teacher’s attention or shares testing with the teacher.

What steps should I take if I have academic concerns about my child?

Anytime you have a concern about your child, you should share that concern with the child’s teacher. If the child is having difficulty in a specific subject, contact the subject teachers. If the problem seems more general, contact the homeroom teacher.

What about confidentiality?

This process is completely confidential. The feedback from the committee is only shared with staff members that have a need to know. Parents are always included in this communication.