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 or other private counseling agencies. 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.
- 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 choosing 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:
- Woodcock-Johnson III Cognitive and Achievement Batteries (as needed)
- 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.
A periodic review is given to the staff as to what the Counseling Department should and should not be doing. Current legal guidelines are followed and periodic training on new policies and procedures, as well as changes in high school graduation requirements, are undertaken.
Parents are contacted when students interact with counseling personnel concerning academic counseling and some aspects of personal counseling. This is done through the Best Notes system and through personal e-mails and phone calls to parents.
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.