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