Whole-Person Education

Student Services

The Student Services department at DSHA is student-centered, community-focused and fully dedicated to the social and emotional, academic, and college and career needs of our students. Our school counselors, college advisor, and support staff guide students to accept life’s challenges with confidence. We are advocates, collaborators, advisors, teachers, coaches and supporters. We ensure that every student can pursue her dreams, and have a student-counselor ratio of 171:1 to make sure she has the support to do so. Student Services serves students.

Student Services Provides the Following:

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  • Academic Planning and Support

    • Consult individually with students, parents, and teachers/staff
    • Monitor “high need” students
    • Facilitate “staffings” with student, parents, teachers regarding concerns
    • Advise students about course selection
  • College and Career Planning

    • Consult individually with students, parents, and teachers/staff
    • Develop individual plans for pursuing college and career goals
    • Schedule college visits and admissions representative meetings
    • Coordinate standardized tests (HSPT, Pre-ACT, PSAT, AP, and ACT)
    • Facilitate college scholarships/awards
    • Provide CareerLocker and Naviance Family Connection programs
  • Social and Emotional Development

    • Consult individually with students, parents, and teachers/staff
    • Provide crisis intervention (“on-call”)
    • Intervene with “students of concern”
    • Offer referrals to outside agencies

Programs:

  • Developmental Guidance
  • Academic Support curriculum
  • Carla Olle Career Day
  • Junior Interview Day

Workshops for Parents and Students:

  • Freshmen Academic Orientation and Registration
  • New Parent Orientation
  • Sophomore Risk Behavior Workshop
  • Sophomore Success Night
  • Financial Aid Info Night
  • College Information Nights

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  • Confidentiality

    The DSHA Student Services Department strives to create a safe and confidential environment for students, families, and staff. Information that is shared with a member of the Student Services staff is kept confidential based on the wishes of the individual/family seeking help. Please note that confidentiality extends beyond direct conversations to include e-mail exchanges, print materials (e.g., recommendation letters), and official school records (e.g., transcripts). In an on-going effort to help students become confident and capable self-advocates, Student Services will support each student’s willingness to seek help by respecting her right to privacy and her role in pursuing a solution to a situation. Confidentiality may be broken if a student is in imminent danger, is being abused or neglected, or where there is a threat to the physical safety of another person.
  • Social and Emotional Counseling

    School Counselors can provide broad assistance for issues related to emotional and mental health. Their role, however, is limited to short-term intervention with the goal of helping students process through their struggles and focus on being an engaged, focused student. There are times when a student may need more long-term support and assistance from an outside counselor/therapist or direct intervention from an in-patient treatment program is necessary. Due to the individualized nature of the therapist/client relationship, making specific referrals is a challenge. DSHA maintains the practice of not making specific therapist/treatment referrals. School Counselors are able to assist students and families through the process of selecting a therapist. In addition, School Counselors may serve as a support to students as they continue to meet with an outside therapist and provide a link between therapy and school. It is strongly encouraged that students and families complete a Consent to Release and Exchange Information form with their therapist or treatment center to allow for open communication between the School Counselor and the outside agency. In addition, it is greatly beneficial for the School Counselor to be made aware of any on-going treatment plans, medications, and other therapeutic information.
  • In-Patient Treatment Program Transitioning

    A student may require more intensive intervention for issues related to emotional wellbeing, physical health, or chemical abuse. In these situations, an in-patient treatment program may be appropriate. The Student Services Department will attempt to foster a smooth transition to and from DSHA into inpatient treatment programs by working with the student, her family, and appropriate medical and mental health professionals. DSHA requests that the following occur in regard to the in-patient treatment process:
    • Students and families complete a Consent to Release and Exchange Information form with the professional from the in-patient treatment center to allow for open communication between the School Counselor and the outside agency.
    • A professional from the in-patient facility must communicate any updates on treatment progress and the overall health of the student before discussion of a return to DSHA occurs.
    • A meeting with the parent/guardian, a school administrator, and the Director of Student Services must occur to discuss the student’s return to DSHA. This discussion includes academic readiness, social and emotional support, and concerns related to relapse of symptoms or other struggles connected with the on-going treatment.
    • Parent/guardian provide any updated information regarding changes assigned therapists, medications, recommendations by health care professionals, and other therapeutic information to her daughter’s School Counselor. 
    Although every attempt will be made to work with students and families to ease the transition from in-patient treatment, it maybe become clear that a new educational environment may be better suited to meet the academic and emotional needs of the student. If this occurs, DSHA will assist the student and family with this transition.
  • Unique Learning Accommodations

    DSHA is committed to addressing the individual needs of all of its students. Early identification and intervention is encouraged. As a private school, we do not recognize or initiate Individualized Education Plans or implement accommodations outlined in a Section 504 Plan. Student Services, administrators, and faculty will attempt to make accommodations to the best ability of DSHA’s personnel and the capacity of the facilities. School Counselors are available to meet with students with diagnosed learning needs or suspected concerns as well as consult with parents and faculty about an individual student’s needs. It is common for School Counselors to recommend that a student be tested by an outside agency for the possibility of a learning or social/emotional issue (please see section on Students Seeking Social and Emotional Counseling). Following testing and diagnosis, School Counselors will work with the student, her family, and teachers in regard to any accommodations recommended by the outside professional and will fit within the resources DSHA has available. An Accommodation Plan may be developed and would serve as a formal overview of the types of academic interventions available to meet the unique needs of the student. Accommodations may include special testing arrangements, preferred seating in the classroom, or academic follow-up by a tutor, teacher, or other staff member. Students and families should contact the assigned School Counselor for more information and to evaluate if accommodations are necessary and appropriate.
  • Concussion Accommodations

    DSHA is committed to addressing the individual needs of all of its students. Injuries like concussions are taken very seriously as they affect all aspects of a student’s academic and athletic experience. It is because of its wide-spread impact on a student’s life that DSHA actively works with the injured student, her family, and physician to aid in recovery. Below you will find an overview of the DSHA Concussion Protocol:
    • Focus on the health and recovery of the student.
    • Ensure compliance to the recommendations of the medical professional who diagnosed the concussion and is providing treatment.
    • Maintain open communication with the student, her parent, teachers, school counselor, and members of the Athletic Department (Athletic Director, Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Coach) - if the injured student is participating in a sport. Note: If your daughter is currently participating in a DSHA sport, she must be assessed by our Athletic Trainer and follow the designed return-to-play protocol.
    • Develop an Accommodation Plan that addresses the unique medical recovery and academic needs of the student while balancing the integrity of the curriculum and available resources.
  • Job Board

    Student Services maintains and updates a job bulletin board outside of our office on the second floor of the main school building. Throughout the school year various businesses, organizations, and individuals will contact the school with job opportunities for students at DSHA. Students interested in applying for jobs should visit the job board, and with Student Services staff for more information. If you would like job information posted and shared with students, please contact Mrs. Cynthia Johnson.

Student Services Timeline

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  • Freshman Year

    • Meet with counselor one-on-one (Fall)
    • Introduction to CareerLocker and Naviance Family Connection (Fall)
    • Develop a 4-Year Plan, explore and request course options through Naviance for Sophomore year (Winter)
    • Take the Pre-ACT exam (Fall)
  • Sophomore Year

    • Meet with counselor one-on-one (Spring)
    • Take PSAT exam (Fall)
    • Social and Emotional Mentoring focus (Year)
    • Explore a variety of elective courses , and request courses for junior year (Winter)
  • Junior Year

    • Meet with Director of College Advising one-on-one (Spring)
    • Meet with college representatives (year)
    • Visit colleges (Spring)
    • Take ACT and/or SAT (Spring)
    • Consider electives based on career interests and goals, and request courses for senior year (Winter)
    • Pursue leadership positions within clubs and sports
  • Senior Year

    • Meet with college representatives (Fall)
    • Visit colleges (Fall)
    • Complete college applications (Fall)
    • Search for scholarships/awards (year)
    • Meet with Director of College Advising and/or School Counselor (as needed)

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