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 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?
Ridley Educational Support Team
The Ridley Educational Support Team
(R.E.S.T) 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 R.E.S.T team offers support to students and their families.
R.E.S.T. 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 R.E.S.T. 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
R.E.S.T 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
Peer mediation is a program which was
established several years ago at Ridley High School to assist our
students in fostering a peaceful climate conducive to optimal learning.
There are three aspects to this program:
- To foster the resolution of conflict by providing on-site
mediation services. These services are voluntary and allow students a
confidential option to prevent further problems they may be
experiencing with another student.
- To actively foster
individual conflict/resolution skills. This is accomplished through
delivery of curriculum by students and for students in the Health and
Physical Education Department.
- To reach back to younger students in Ridley School District and teach the concepts of conflict/resolution and peer mediation.
Students maybe referred to Peer Mediation by teachers, counselors,
administrators, deans, parents, and/or other students. The Peer
Mediation program is sponsored by Mrs. Angel Wagner.