The elementary and secondary education experience marks the beginning of an exciting journey and its success depends upon each child having the opportunity to develop, to the fullest, his or her interests, talents and aspirations. It is our goal that your child have every opportunity to do so through the careful selection of a school.
We begin with a meeting with the parent(s) when we will discuss the expectations and hopes you have for your child. At this time we obtain a history of the child’s previous experience in school and evaluate school records, testing and other relevant information. This session is usually followed, either immediately after the parent meeting, or another time, by a meeting between counselor and child. This initial conference with your family enables us to comprehensively evaluate your child’s academic needs, extracurricular interests, and personality.
The heart of McClure, Mallory, Baron & Ross counseling is thorough research. We research appropriate school options in terms of your child’s individual needs, develop a list of recommended schools, and discuss with the schools how they might be a good match for your child. Research may also include talking with someone at your child’s school, or anyone who knows your child well and can help the counselor have as much information as possible. We are then able to recommend schools that are viable choices.
Once the school research is completed, we have a follow-up meeting when we discuss which schools we feel are appropriate for consideration. We discuss the schools in detail, focusing on why they are appropriate options for your child, and we also go over the process of exploring school options that is ahead to be sure you have a viable plan in place. We remain actively involved in the application process to ensure the greatest attention is given to facilitating your child’s selection of a new school. This pro-active association may include: