Guidance

Guidance Department

The Guidance Department at LMC is dedicated to supporting our students throughout this critical stage in their development. At LMC, we have many programs to support the social-emotional growth of your child. Through a progressive Advisory curriculum built upon fairness, equity, and having a safe space to explore the important issues that they will face as middle school students in New York City, our students are given the tools they need to meet the challenges that lie ahead. In addition to Advisory our students support each other through a peer mentoring program, that pairs all incoming 6th grade students with a 7th or 8th grade student to help with their adjustment to middle school.

In addition to supporting our students socially, we work closely with each grade level in support of our students academic goals. Through individual and group counseling, referrals to outside agencies, provision of safe space for students, teachers, and parents we take a holistic approach in working with the entire LMC community.

Mandated Counseling

Students receive mandated counseling based upon their recommended services through their Individualized Education Program (IEP). This counseling may occur in the form of individual or group counseling, as determined by the IEP team at a student’s annual review. Topics and skills addressed vary based upon the needs of the student, but are based upon the goals developed at the IEP meeting. Any questions regarding mandated counseling should be directed to Seth Kritzman at skritzman@lmc896.org.

Non-Mandated Counseling

If your child is not mandated for counseling, but you believe they would benefit from meeting with a counselor on a regular basis, we encourage you to reach out to discuss the availability and service options. Please contact Flavia Mulligan at fmulligan@lmc896.org.

Confidentiality

Information shared by students with guidance counselors is confidential. In order to maintain a trusting relationship, the counselors may not be able to disclose certain information that students have shared. Limitations to confidentiality exist, when it pertains to self injury or to harm of another individual. Please contact your child’s counselor with any questions.

High School Application Information

The Guidance Department is here to support you as navigate the high school admissions process. Attendance, class grades, and standardized test scores from 7th grade are used in determining placement for high school. Please visit the High School Information page for additional information.

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