...that academic success is inextricably tied to building social-emotional competencies.
...in teaching and modeling CARES:
Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self Control.
...that positive role models maximize the chances for children to grow up
with good consciences and well-developed moral reasoning skills.
The AJA counseling department, led by Dr. Pam Mason (HS) and Sylvia Miller (ECD/LS/MS), works with students, parents, and faculty to build a school-wide climate and culture that encourages personal and spiritual growth, academic success, while fostering kindness, respect and diversity. Classes, interventions and programs promote the development of self-awareness, interpersonal skills, emotional regulation, and healthy boundaries. These skill sets assist our students in creating more effective work habits and a positive approach to learning. When necessary, the counselor will recommend outside support and resources such as individual therapy, social skills training, and support groups.