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Guidance and Student Services



Guidance and Student Services

Philosophy Statement

The Divine Mercy Catholic Academy counseling program is developmental in nature, consistent with expected stages of learning, and based on the needs of every student. It is proactive, preventive, and comprehensive in nature, encompassing all grade levels; additionally, it systematically addresses the academic, personal, social, and spiritual needs of students.

Mission Statement

The school counseling mission of Divine Mercy Catholic Academy is to facilitate a Christ-centered environment which maximizes student potential and academic achievement. School counseling at Divine Mercy Catholic Academy is a cooperative effort involving counselor, administration, teachers, families, and parish community that promotes a caring, nurturing atmosphere in which students can meet daily challenges and make positive life choices.

Implementation

The school counseling program at Divine Mercy is implemented through a variety of settings by appropriate individuals. These may include counselor, teachers, parents, and community volunteers. We also utilize large group, small group, and individual teaching or counseling. Topics addressed through the counseling program include the following: problem solving skills, conflict resolution, personal safety, study skills, drug awareness and prevention, anti-bullying skills, communication skills, career counseling, and self-awareness.

Additional Student Services

Divine Mercy provides academic and behavioral screenings and observations as warranted.

Learning Profiles

Individual learning profiles are compiled for middle school students to help them discover their preferred learning style, multiple intelligences, and brain dominance, empowering them to recognize their strengths and overcome challenges.

Neurofeedback Training

The Interactive Metronome© is a computer-based training device proven to enhance attention, timing, concentration, and coordination in children with a wide range of academic, cognitive, behavioral, and physical difficulties including AD/HD.
Play Attention© is an integrated learning system rooted in NASA technology which allows students to view their attentive state in real time. Over time students can train their brains to gain focus, improve concentration, and pay attention.

Brain Gym©

These are exercises developed for students which are incorporated into classrooms that strengthen neural pathways located throughout the brain.

Level Team Meetings

The counselor meets weekly with grade level teams to discuss student needs and support.

Peer Tutoring and Mentoring

Selected middle school students are trained each year to work as tutors and/or mentors for lower grade students both inside and outside of the classroom.

Referral Process

DMCA follows the process set forth by the State of Florida and works in conjunction with Brevard County Public schools in following the Multi-Tiered System of Support protocol for students experiencing learning difficulties.

Standardized Testing

Students in grade 2 – 8 take the Iowa Assessments in the spring of every year. This test data offers valuable information used to track and measure individual student progress as well as to guide teacher instruction.

Parent Support

Divine Mercy offers parent consultation and ongoing support, ensuring a cohesive and effective partnership between home and school.

Parent Library

A variety of books, tapes, CD’s and DVD’s are located in the student services room. We gladly welcome parents to come in and browse these resources and to check out materials as needed.

Love and Logic Mini Notes

Love and Logic© newsletters with facts, tips, and strategies on various topics for parents are delivered bi-weekly via the school’s mini-notes. We also offer parenting sessions throughout the year.


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