What We Do
The mission of the Walton School Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive program that assists all children in becoming effective students, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners. In order to do so, we promote communication and collaboration among all adults in a child's life which include: parents, guardians, school staff, and other community members. We support our mission by providing support in the three developmental areas: personal/social, academic, and career.
Students often have a difficult time learning when they have other stressors in their lives. We provide a number of supports in this area. We provide small group counseling in areas that include: family, friendship, stress, anger, and study skills. Walton also has active Student Council (SCA) and Ambassador groups who help to promote a positive and caring environment at Walton.
We help students in a number a ways with academics. Each winter/spring we communicate with all Walton students about next year's course offerings. We help them make informed decisions about core and exploratory classes. Every Walton student will meet with their school counselor for course registration. Eighth graders are also given the opportunity to visit with the high school counselors and tour Monticello High School. Please feel free to contact the school counseling office if you have any questions about scheduling or your child's academic path.
At the middle school level, we engage students in career exploration. We achieve this through a number of methods: counselors support the curriculum of the 7th grade exploratory Careers and Academies, counselors develop career pathway lesson thorugh Advisory time, and counselors coordinate grade level appropriate experiences. For example, all seventh graders visit the Career EXPO at UVA in the fall. All eighth graders visit the Charlottesville Albemarle Career and Technical Center (CATEC) and hear from each of the academies from the county.