Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.
Middle School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing:
- School Guidance Curriculum
- Individual Student Planning
- Small Group
- Responsive Services
- System Support
Source: American School Counseling Association, "Why Middle School Counselors?"