The mission of Sterling School's comprehensive, developmental school counseling program is to promote student development in academics, social and emotional learning, and college and career readiness and to foster a school culture and climate that is safe, supportive, and conducive to learning. Counselors collaborate with parents, school staff, and the community to ensure students are inspired, supported, and prepared for their next opportunities in life, education, and employment.
The Sterling School Counseling Department is dedicated to the district’s vision of ensuring that students are INSPIRED, SUPPORTED, and PREPARED for their next opportunities in life, education and employment. Counselors equip students with necessary skills for success in academics and life beyond school by fostering their social and emotional learning (SEL). The framework for our comprehensive school counseling program comes from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
The foundation of our school counseling program is based on our shared school wide values: Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy (PRIDE). Counselors' classroom lessons, individual planning with students, and responsive services are consistently aligned with these core values and work to develop students’ social and emotional learning skills.
School counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student achievement. Services are provided to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:
School-based mental health counselors build bridges between the home, school, and community. Our school-based counselor acts as a liaison between our school and Greenville Mental Health and provides services to children, families, and the school in the following areas:
Referral for school-based mental health services are made through the students’ school counselor. Once a referral is made, parents will contact the school-based mental health counselor directly to schedule an assessment for services.
The ACE Awards (Advocates for Character and Education) was created by Greg Blatt, Founder and Executive Director of Coaches 4 Character. It is an annual award given to 66 male and female students from each of the 33 Greenville County middle and high schools. This award is designed to honor true unsung heroes who all too often are not recognized for their accomplishments. The selection process, established by Greenville County school counselors, focuses on identifying and selecting students who often go unnoticed for one reason or another, but have accomplished great things in their community, church or school.
If you would like to nominate a Greenville County 8th or 12th grader, please go on-line to the ACE Awards Website. All nominations must be submitted by January 30, 2015. An ACE Awards Advisory Committee at each school will choose finalists from among those nominated to complete an application for the ACE Award. One male and one female will be chosen from each middle and high school in Greenville County. All ACE award recipients will be recognized at the ACE Awards ceremony in the spring.
Greenville County Schools is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students. For information regarding district policy on bullying, discrimination, harassment and intimidation, see the district website.