NSU University School’s Guidance Department is designed to provide the best nurturing environment for each student. To that end, we are committed to addressing students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and our counselors provide consultation and collaboration with students, teachers, administrators, and parents to implement strategies that will ultimately help students be successful at NSU University School.
- Lower School
- Middle School
- Upper School
The Guidance Program at the Lower School is both developmental and comprehensive. It is based on the National Standards of the American School Counselor Association and focuses on student success. The role of guidance is not an entity unto itself, but instead, a program that includes student competencies, developmentally appropriate activities, and processes that aim to achieve appropriate outcomes for positive character development. Our team approach emphasizes involvement of all school personnel and staff, providing direct services to students, and working in consultation and collaboration with teachers, parents, and members of the community.
Middle School students face the rigors and expectations of academic excellence along with the normal stresses and strains of developing their own identity, while becoming young adults. Our Middle School Counselors help students meet these challenges and support the development of students' internal and external strengths.
In addition, they provide school support to ensure that all students have access to and are prepared with the knowledge and skills to contribute at the highest level as productive members of society. Our counselors are committed to working closely with students and parents to maximize educational achievement, facilitate social and emotional growth, and prepare students for the Upper School.
In grades nine through twelve, each student is assigned a counselor who will work with them throughout their time in the Upper School. The counselors serve as academic advisors, advocates for the students, crisis counselors, liaisons for the parents, and facilitators of communication. The College Counseling team regularly holds events throughout the school year to familiarize students with scheduling processes and campus happenings regarding college admissions.
Teachers regularly communicate with their students' counselors and keep them informed of students' progress; in turn, counselors interact with students and their parents, providing an optimum educational experience.