Each guidance counselor is
assigned, by alphabet, a portion of Ridley's student body. Counselors
are available for individual appointments to discuss any school or
personal concerns. All students are guaranteed to be seen at least once
during the school year, more depending on individual need. To make an
appointment, a student may sign up in the guidance office or, in an
emergency, may simply request to be seen immediately. If a counselor is
out of the building for any reason, another counselor will fill in and speak with those
students. All discussions in the counselor's office are strictly
confidential except in certain situations including risk for homicide,
suicide, or child abuse.
Parent - Teacher conferences
The guidance counselor is the student and/or parents direct
connection to the high school faculty. A simple phone call or email can
initiate a parent-teacher conference for your child. You can be
assisted by your child's counselor with any difficulties (academic
and/or social) he/ she may be experiencing or any questions you may
have. The guidance counselor can be your advocate in the high school
By answering the following questions before a parent-teacher conference, you can be prepared to have a productive meeting :
- what do you think your teen's strengths are? weaknesses?
- what subjects does your child talk about most?
- what does he/she seem excited about? worried about?
- what subjects seem most difficult for your son/daughter?
- how do you think your child learns better? by listening or watching? by working alone or in groups?
- what are your specific concerns about his/her progress, learning skills, or social skills?
- what is the best way to contact you? phone, email?
Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to help school personnel identify issues
including alcohol use, drug use, or other behavioral concerns and
issues that pose a barrier to a students' learning and success in
school. The SAP team offers support to students and their families. SAP is NOT a treatment program, rather,
it is a systemic process using effective and accountable professional
techniques to mobilize school resources to remove the barriers to
learning, and/or, where the problem is beyond the scope of the school,
to assist the parent and student with information so that they may
access services within the community. The SAP members DO NOT
diagnose, treat, or refer for treatment; but they may refer for an
assessment to determine if treatment is needed. Parental involvement in
all phases of the process is the key to the successful resolution of
SAP offers the following supports and services to students and their families:
- a confidential process within our school
- access to school based support groups (grief groups, life skills development groups
- free access to a Certified Mental Health Assessor
- linkage to other school-based resources