The Guidance Department of Art & Design strives to work collaboratively with teachers, parents and students in the development of programs to support your child throughout their high school journey and beyond. Our website aims to assist our community in closing the communication gap, to better highlight our responsibilities as a department and to provide the community with a repository of resources.
We will hold remote parental engagement sessions by appointment. This is an opportunity for you to meet with your child's Guidance Counselor to discuss their current academic standing in each class.
Please note that space is limited and it is first come first served. Click on your counselor's name below to book your Parental Engagement Appointment
NYC Public school counselors are professional educators who work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop strategic programs and services to support students in achieving success. Guidance Counselors are not trained mental health practitioners or therapists. Counselors specialize in working with each student to deliver a comprehensive guidance plan inclusive of academics, career and social emotional development.
According to the school social work association of America, school social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team. School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic, and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy. School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence.
School psychologists are trained in human development, behavior, and mental health. "These professionals work to improve their students’ lives across a number of areas, including helping with academic performance, boosting social functioning, working to resolve behavioral problems, and supporting emotional health" (Alliant University). The school psychologist will assess and identify students who may be having a hard time academically and case manage students' IEPs. They also evaluate for continued eligibility for special education services.
Substance abuse prevention and intervention specialists (SAPIS) provide a range of services to reduce the prevalence of substance abuse among youth, delay the initiation of substance abuse behavior among youth, decrease the negative health, social, and educational consequences associated with substance abuse, and prevent the escalation of substance abuse behaviors to levels requiring treatment. Some of the services that they provide include classroom lessons using evidence-based programs, individual and group counseling, positive alternative activities, crisis intervention, assessments and referrals for mental health and substance abuse services, and school-wide prevention projects, among others.