How do we help students?
- School counselors and social workers respond to staff referrals and support individual students around discipline, attendance, social/emotional, and academic concerns.
- School counselors identify issues that affect a student’s performance in school and work with students to develop skills such as organization, time management, and study habits.
- School counselors and social workers facilitate group counseling sessions and/or partner with community organizations who facilitate group sessions on topics including but not limited to, social skills, grief and loss of support, single-gender support, etc.
- School counselors support students as needed in the classroom setting with personal/social-emotional needs, academic success, and career development.
- School counselors help mediate conflict between students and support them in developing skills to effectively communicate across lines of difference in order to repair harm.
- School social workers respond to and manage student crises, contacting various agencies (e.g. Mobile Crisis) if required, report possible cases of neglect and abuse (DFCS), and refer families to outside resources when needed (e.g., counseling, wraparound services).
- Counseling and Social Work will respond to computer-generated alerts through Securly Software to ensure students are safe and connected to the necessary resources. Outreach is done directly to students and families when alerts arise.
How do we help families?
- Outreach to families to assess problems affecting their student’s educational adjustment
- Partnering with families to understand their student’s developmental and educational needs (e.g. special education services)
- Assisting parents to access school and community resources
- Financial hardship support (uniforms, food, housing assistance, etc.)
- Strengthen parenting skills
How do we help staff?
- Providing staff with essential information to better understand factors that may impact student learning (e.g. cultural, societal, economic, health, and child development)
- Providing direct support to staff
- Assisting with behavior management
Confidentiality & Privacy
A counselor/social worker-scholar relationship must be built on trust and confidentiality. This means that School Counselors are bound by ethical codes of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to keep conversations between counselors and students private. School Social Workers are similarly bound by the ethical codes of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). School Counselors and Social Workers maintain the confidentiality of their students and their families at all times and will only break confidentiality if given specific permission or if the student may be susceptible to or there is suspicion of:
- Harming themselves.
- Harm to others.
- Abuse and/or Neglect.
School Counselors and Social Workers, like all KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools employees, are mandated reporters.
How to reach us?
Referrals can be made via the published referral form at each school, a regional referral form, or by directly contacting the social worker or counselor for your school via phone or email.
Duties and responsibilities
Some responsibilities unique to School Counselors are:
- Academic Development
- Career Development
- Social-Emotional Learning and Development
- School-Wide Programming
Some responsibilities unique to School Social Workers are:
- Dropout Prevention
- Home Visits
- Parent Support Groups
- DFCS/Juvenile Court Liaisons
- Referrals to community resources
- Homeless Education Support
Contact Information for School-based Counselors and Social Workers:
KIPP Woodson Park Academy
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
- Director of Counseling and Social Work Department: Malik Cooper MCooper@kippatlantacollegiate.org
- Counselor: Stephen King Sking@kippatlantacollegiate.org
- Counselor: Leah Labitue LLabitue@kippatlantacollegiate.org
- Counselor: Robin Howard RHoward@kippatlantacollegiate.org
- Counselor: Robin Little RLittle@kippatl.org
KIPP Soul Primary
KIPP Soul Academy
KIPP South Fulton Academy
KIPP STRIVE Primary
KIPP STRIVE Academy
KIPP Vision Primary
- Counselor: Charrise Huston-Arnold CHuston-Arnold@kippvisionprimary.org
KIPP Vision Academy
- Counselor: Falana Thomas FThomas@kippvisionacademy.org
KIPP WAYS Primary
KIPP WAYS Academy
- Social Worker: Jannora Gamble JGamble@kippatl.org