Academic Counseling

Thought bubble with lightbulb

Role of the school counselor

  • Help improve school work (organization, completing tasks/assignments, and study skills)
  • Respond to individual student/parent needs/questions
  • Core Counseling Curriculum taught to students using personal/social, educational, college and career goals.
  • Facilitate parent/teacher/student conferences 
  • Coordinate Intervention Team Meetings for students who are struggling academically, personally, and/or socially.
  • Coordinate and facilitate Student Study Team (SST) Meetings
  • Student support liaison and case carrier for students with Section 504 Accommodation Plans
  • Implement a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), which ensures all students have access to a comprehensive counseling program

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Tier 1: Core Curriculum- Classroom lessons (all students)

Tier 2: Intentional Guidance- Small group counseling (some students)

Tier 3: Individual Interventions- individual counseling and outside referrals (few students)

SUpports at south lake

  • Tutorial: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    • South Lake's tutorial program allows for students to receive extra assistance, make up tests, and work on enrichment projects and class assignments. 
  • Communicate with teachers directly by email
  • Elective courses
    • Study Skills (trimester-long course)
    • Reading Lab
    • Math Lab
    • Guided Studies
    • Directed Studies

STudy Tips

  • Check your gr​ades at least twice a week on Parent Portal
  • Check your assignments daily on Canvas
  • Use your South Lake planner (keep track of homework, project deadlines, upcoming tests, events, sports practice, etc.)
  • Set a "study space" 
    • Have all your material in front of you: lecture notes, course textbooks, study guides and any other relevant material.
  • Don’t try to do all your studying the night before the test. Instead space out your studying, review class materials several times a week, focusing on one topic at a time
  • Take short breaks frequently. Your memory retains information that you study at the beginning and the end better than what you study in the middle.
  • Take short breaks frequently. Your memory retains information that you study at the beginning and the end better than what you study in the middle.
  • Review/re-write notes
  • Make flashcards on Quizlet
  • Create a Kahoot! (interactive game-based learning program)
  • Use Khan Acacdemy (expert created content and resources for every subject)
  • Ask a friend/parent to quiz you
  • If you choose to study in a group, only study with others who are serious about the test.
  • Re-do homework problems as practice
  • Organize your backpack weekly
  • Pack your backpack (check for assignments you're turning in) the night before

Transition to high school

Helpful Links