OSSM is dedicated to providing support and encouragement for our students as they grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. Each student meets with the Academic Counselor in the beginning of the year and work together to develop a plan for success at OSSM.
During the year, students will periodically meet with the Academic Counselor to continue the discussion and adjust plans for their future. The Academic Counselor has an “open door” policy during the school day and is also available by appointment during evenings and weekends.
Students will be able to resolve most of the difficulties they experience at school by meeting with the counselor. There may be times when academic, social and emotional challenges interfere with their overall well-being. These issues may include: homesickness, anxiety, depression, inability to concentrate, family crises, stress, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem or unhealthy coping mechanisms. Most students just need to talk through these issues.
In situations where a student is in crisis, OSSM contracts with a professional, licensed psychologist who can provide consultation, crisis intervention and individual counseling on a short-term basis.
Academic Counseling is designed to provide academic support and assistance. Services may include, but are not limited to, one-on-one meetings to guide students with the development of study skills related to time management and personal study habits.
The Academic Counselor works closely with students to assess overall academic progress and to assign tutoring services when needed. The counselor also works closely with faculty members to support each student by creating an individual plan for success.
Many students come to OSSM without clearly defined career goals. The Academic Counselor works closely with students who request assistance in determining career goals and development of a plan for their futures. The counselor uses a variety of assessment tools to determine interests, personality types and work values. Students identify their interests and compare them to those of individuals who are engaged in various occupations. Students also learn about their personality type and relate it to the numerous tasks and responsibilities of different jobs. In addition, students identify individual values and preferences that clearly impact work roles and career satisfaction.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to contact our Academic Counselor regarding any concerns they may have about their child. If parents have a concern, they should encourage your child to make an appointment with the Academic Counselor.