• Welcome to our Counseling Department

    The Sutton Middle School Counseling Department plays a vital role in the development of the middle school student.

    The mission of the Counseling Program at Sutton Middle School is to provide the support necessary to foster the development of the students’ academic, social/emotional and career achievement.  We focus on the immediate, as well as future needs of the child, and help them to most effectively navigate through society-- socially, emotionally and academically.  There is a strong commitment to bringing out the maximum potential in all students.

    Sutton Middle School feeder elementary schools are: Bolton AcademyMorris Brandon Elementary SchoolGarden Hills Elementary SchoolWarren T. Jackson Elementary SchoolE. Rivers Elementary School, and Sarah Smith Elementary School.

    All Sutton Middle School students are zoned to attend North Atlanta High School.

    The guidance and responsive services listed below are the services provided to our students:
     

    CLASSROOM GUIDANCE Counselors assist teachers on an as-needed basis in promoting healthy student development through a variety of classroom guidance lessons such as peer pressure or transitions.

    CRISIS INTERVENTION The counseling staff is ready to implement the crisis intervention plan when needed. Services include counseling, media communications and outside referrals.


    GROUP COUNSELING Small group counseling sessions are provided according to need. Some topics can include anger management, friendship groups, healthy behaviors, etc.

    INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES Counselors conference with individual students when referred by teachers, administrators, parents or self-referral. 

    PARENT CONFERENCES The counselors are available, by appointment, to conference with parents concerning their student. The conference may be individual, include the student, or involve the teachers.


    SCHOOL TRANSITION Elementary to middle school and middle to high school transition activities give parents and students the opportunity to become acquainted with the new school environments. Students gain knowledge through school visitations and presentations. From welcoming rising 6th grade students to saying "good-bye" to the 8th grade students as they move to high school, these activities help promote success at the next level.

    STANDARDIZED TESTING Counselors assist in coordinating the standardized testing program and interpretation of the results. The statewide testing program includes the Eighth Grade Writing Assessment for 8th grade and the Criterion Referenced Competency Test for grades 6, 7, and 8.


  • COUNSELING PACING

    August

    • Class Guidance Introduction and Grading
    • Scheduling, Enrolment,  and Leveling
    • REACH Scholar Application

    September

    • Class Guidance Bridge Act
    • Counseling Department Advisory Committee Meeting

    October

    • 27 No Place for Hate Activity
    • Class Guidance Bridge Act
    • Small Group

    November

    • North Atlanta Visitation
    • 11/8-11/10 GSCA Conference
    • 11/13 – 11/17 College and Career Motivation Week
    • Small Group

    December

    • No Place for Hate Activity
    • Data Check
    • Small Group

    February

    • Small Group
    • 11-17 Random Acts of Kindness

    March

    • Small Group
    • Data Check

    April

    • Testing
    • Rising 6th Grade Transition
    • Rising 9th Grade Transition

    May

    • Rising 6th Grade Transition
    • Rising 9th Grade Transition
    • Counseling Department Advisory Committee Meeting