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Academic and Career Counseling

Through the ALA Counseling and Guidance Department, students have access to professionally trained and certified school and career  counselors, and should the need arise, more in-depth personal counseling will be arranged through the ALA therapeutic staff. Guidance counseling is designed to raise student awareness of the variety of possibilities for their current and post-secondary education. Students also discuss career options.

The following list is not all-inclusive.

Structural Components:

Academic Record Keeping
    Transcript Requests/Sending
    Permanent records documents as necessary – psychological tests, etc.
    Immunization records, etc.
Academic Guidance Activities
    Assisting students with college applications and scholarships
    Assisting students with registration for ACT, SAT, PLAN, PSAT/NMSQT, ASVAB, etc.
    Assisting students in following the appropriate school curriculum
    Preparing an Academic Plan for each student
Academic and College Testing
    Provide access to the following tests as needed and requested:
    PSAT/NMSQT for 10th graders (as requested by parents) or
    PLAN for 10th graders (precursor to ACT)
    ACT or SAT test for Juniors and Seniors if needed and requested
    Preparation for ACT and SAT tests
    Mock ACT test given at ALA one week prior to regular ACT tests

Academic Counseling Leadership and Management

An advisory committee comprised of administrator, counselors, tutors and Program staff periodically review what is being done and what is needed to fulfill the academic counseling and guidance needs of the students.

Direct Services

The students are met with on a biweekly basis for grade accountability checks, discussions of individualized academic plans, and planning for the future career.

Parent Contact

Parents are contacted when students interact with counseling personnel concerning changes in academic or future plans. This is done through the Best Notes system and through personal e-mails and phone calls to parents. Updates on student progress will also be given on a monthly basis, and will include comments concerning the student’s academic performance in each class.

Outside Resources

Resources from outside Abundant Life Academy are used when their particular expertise is needed. An example of this would be using outside facilitators or advisors from the Area Technical Center, military recruiters, college recruiters, etc.

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Christian residential schools and behavioral therapy for troubled teens with teen counseling to improve behavior problems of teenagers struggling with anger, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), attention deficit, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance abuse, depression, reactive attachment disorder (RAD), intermittent explosive disorder (IED), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, self-harm, or rebellion.

Therapeutic boarding school that provides troubled teens with teen counseling and adolescent therapy. Our East Coast therapeutic residential school and academy serves teens from homes throughout New England and in New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Lexington, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, Tampa, Virginia Beach, and Washington DC. Troubled teens come to ALA mostly from the U.S. and Canada -- A SEVIS certified school for foreign residents.