Mission and Vision

Middle School Student Services

Mission Statement 2019-2020

The mission of Lake Braddock Middle School Counseling is to empower students to achieve high academic standards, lead ethical lives, and to be responsible and innovative members of a diverse global society. As part of a comprehensive school counseling program, counselors analyze data and work collaboratively and effectively with the school community to meet the unique academic, career, and personal-social needs of all students, by name and by need. Achievement gaps are identified and reduced so every student has access to and experiences success in high quality instructional programs. Lake Braddock’s diverse student body is presented with a variety of counseling methods that help them discover talents, increase competence, develop imagination, and expand their academic and personal horizons.

Vision Statement 2019-2020

All students at Lake Braddock Middle School are empowered to use their unique personalities, abilities, and values to achieve their fullest academic potential as they navigate toward a fulfilling and productive future. Students are supported by a comprehensive school counseling program that inspires and encourages continued growth and progress for each child, regardless of their background. School counselors help students access learning by identifying and removing barriers to their success, which promotes a school environment that is nurturing, safe, and equitable for all. A collaborative partnership between families, the school, and the community fosters a high quality education that offers students a broad range of opportunities and is free of achievement gaps. As a result, students leave Lake Braddock as self-sufficient, goal-oriented individuals who are prepared to make a positive impact on society.

LBSS Middle School Counseling Beliefs:

  • Excellence in education will lead students to be positive influences in the community and to attain fulfilling careers.
  • Students thrive when their individual needs are identified and met in a vibrant, healthful, safe, enriching, and respectful environment.
  • Students learn about their personal value and potential to contribute to society through a variety of programs and opportunities at school.
  • Students of varying abilities and strengths can mutually benefit in a diverse classroom environment.
  • Learning is relevant to students when they apply their experiences in school to a variety of other settings.
  • Educators have a crucial role to hold all students to high expectations which will provide a foundation for future success.
  • The achievement gap is an academic disparity between groups of students that can be completely eliminated through equitable access to academic instruction.
  • All students shall have access to a school counselor who advocates for their academic, career, and personal/social needs.
  • All students shall have access to a school counseling curriculum that enables to become effective communicators; collaborators; creative critical thinkers; global and ethical citizens; and goal-directed, resilient individuals and learners.

Role of the LBSS MS Counselor

LBSS Middle School Counselors are certified/licensed educators with master’s degrees who improve success for all students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. Counselors help students develop academic achievement strategies, manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills, and plan for postsecondary options. This is done through:

  • School Counseling Core Curriculum – Counselors design and deliver a curriculum of lessons to promote healthy development and academic achievement. Students engage in five counselor-led lessons per year.
  • Individual Student Planning – School counselors help students plan for their immediate and long-term academic futures through goal-development, team conferences, scheduling, academic support classes, and support for students who have 504 plans and IEPs.
  • Responsive Services – When students have concerns, school counselors provide individual counseling and advocate for the immediate needs of students.
  • Referrals, Consultation, and Collaboration – Many students need to access the support or expertise of various professionals or adults. School counselors are the catalyst for connecting students to these vital people.
  • Program Planning – School counselors collect and analyze data to plan and evaluate the school counseling program and school support activities.

For more information on the role of the school counselor, visit: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/Careers-Roles/RoleStatement.pdf