• Welcome to Atlanta Public Schools and Ralph J. Bunche Middle School we are excited to be Counselors’ in Atlanta Public Schools. Parents and students new and returning back to APS, we are working to provide counseling services for you and your child(ren), getting them acquainted to the school year and our roles are as counselors. We will be meeting with all of the new students to make sure they have a smooth transition this school year. We look forward to the many programs this year that will further complement the great job the teachers and counselors are already doing, to prepare your children to become college and career ready as 21st century global competitive learners in today’s society.


    The Bunche Counselors will empower a school culture to ensure collaboration with parents, community and stakeholders emphasizing that students will graduate ready for college and career as 21st century globally competitive citizens.

    Professional School Counselors

    Dr. Vernita E. Byrd, Grades 8th and 7th

    Mrs. Tracey Fisher, Grades 6th and 7th


    Counselors’ Contact Info and Office Hours: 8:30am.-4:45pm. 

    E-mail: vbyrd@atlanta.k12.ga.us 404-802-6700 EXT.6711

    E-mail: tfisher@atlanta.k12.ga.us 404-802-6700  EXT. 6719


    Bunche MS Counseling Department Brochure


    Support to Students




    Academic Performance & Schedules   

    Goal Setting   

    Organizational Skills       

    Study Skills

    GA. Milestones Assessment

    RTI/ Student Support Services

    PSAT Testing –Grades 8th and 7th       




    Self- Concept   Crisis Intervention  

    School Culture / School-wide Advisory (SEL)          

    Stress and Anger Management

    Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution   

    Anti-Bullying/No Place for Hate Club       



    Milestones Assessment Overview

    5th Grade Transition/ 9th Career Pathways

    College and Career Motivation Week

    Career Surveys w/ Matching Skills & Abilities


    Parental Support

    Advisory Council Parenting Skills

    Student Academic Achievement/ Performance

    Educational Advocacy

    Social Emotional Learning/Culture

    Counseling Support