A guidance counselor helps students determine courses of study, possible career options, and prepares students for the type of academic and occupational training needed to succeed in the higher education and the workplace.
The counselor spends time with each student to understand what motivates each student as well as his or her skills and desires. The career guidance program aims to help students make informed educational and career choices. A full time guidance and career counselor helps students decide about high school course offerings, Programs also often provide teachers, administrators, and parents with information they can use to support students’ career exploration and postsecondary educational opportunities.
Activities that the counselor provides include:
- Advising students on high school programs and academic curriculum, preparing them for college application and admission.
- Arranging dual/concurrent enrollment and Advanced Placement credits to prepare students for the rigor of postsecondary education.
- Planning and preparation for college admissions tests and standardized tests.
- Informing students about postsecondary financing that can be used to support advanced education and training.
- Developing career portfolios, which include test and grades results, examples of student work, and resumes and cover letters to prospective employers.
- Arranging job shadowing, work placements, and community-based learning programs to allow students to directly experience workplace situations.
- Sponsoring workshops, classes, focus groups, and special presentations that focus on job skills and personal development.
- Providing specialized counseling and intervention services to provide students with individualized attention.
Guidance & Health
- A full-time on-site nurse ensures that physical wellness complements mental well-being. The nurse educates students regarding hygiene, sexual education, and other important health topics.
- A full time guidance counselor works with individual students, small groups and entire classes in resolving difficulties that occur at school or in their personal lives. Areas of emphasis include developing a positive self-concept, respect for self and others, communication skills, decision-making skills and taking responsibility for those decisions.
- Additionally, the counselor helps parents and teachers learn how they can assist in the social and emotional development of the child. The counselor, through working with parents and teachers can provide support on many issues in a respectful and confidential environment.
These guidelines have been developed to provide an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of students in Eastwood College.
The visual arts program is based on standards developed by the Kennedy Center for the Arts. Students from Pre-Kindergarten to high school develop processes for critically judging artwork, in addition to understanding and applying a range of media and techniques in creating their own masterpieces. The program provides unique learning experiences in each grade level and sequential content.
Eastwood students participate yearly in university-led arts fairs, and are amongst the top prize winners amongst hundreds of students from around the country.
In addition to music, dance is also an integral part of the curriculum. Students are exposed to different dance genres. Folk dance is one example of dance where students are exposed to different cultures from around the world. Brain-Dance is an innovative program that students partake in at the Elementary level.
This dance program is comprised of eight fundamental movement patterns that enhance the central nervous system to develop balance, attention, memory, eye-tracking, behavior, sensory integration, and motor skills. The physical skills that students acquire lead to better control of mental functions, and hence, increased academic performance. Students in the early childhood and elementary school are regularly engaged in the performing arts and participate in performances during Independence Day, Christmas, Family day, and the end of the school year. In middle and high school, students may participate in elective drama courses which result in elaborate productions.