School counseling services are offered to support students in the Windermere Intermediate School grade five and six program. The school counselor serves a variety of roles, including counseling, consultation, and classroom guidance. Counseling is provided either individually or in groups, depending upon the needs of the child. Groups generally focus on an issue such as divorce in the family, grief, social skills, or study skills, and are usually short-term and skill-focused. Individual counseling is provided to help students in their adjustment to school by promoting self-awareness, problem-solving, and goal-setting.
The school counselor consults with teachers and parents and participates in Windermere Intervention Team and Planning and Placement Team meetings to develop strategies to assist students experiencing academic, behavioral, or emotional difficulties in school. The counselor implements classroom guidance activities for all grade five and six students to teach life skills and address developmental needs. Special focus is placed on career awareness, conflict resolution, prevention of bullying and teasing, the transition from elementary to intermediate school, and intermediate to middle school.