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Counseling Department
Ashley Hall produces an educated woman who is independent, ethically responsible, and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence. The Counseling Department's program is based on the premise that continuous growth in the areas of physical, intellectual, ethical and social-emotional well-being is necessary for students to reach these goals. The Counseling Department activities reflect our desire to facilitate continuous growth by the Ashley Hall family of students, parents and faculty.

School Counseling Program
Professional School Counselors provide services that ensure an opportunity for all students to develop to their full potential academically, socially and emotionally. Resources include:

  • Wellness Classes
  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • New student groups
  • Sixth grade "Game Face" class
  • Ninth grade "Challenges and Choices" class
  • Special topic speakers
  • Parent and faculty education and support
  • Comprehensive library of books and videos
  • Community resource information

Red Ribbon Week
School counselors, along with students in the S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club, plan and implement the annual school-wide Red Ribbon Week. Activities highlight the dangers of substance abuse while encouraging healthy choices and drug-free lives.

Girl Talk
All eighth grade students are invited to participate in Girl Talk. This program gives eighth graders the opportunity to develop relationships with trained peer mentors through meetings scheduled during the school year. Eleventh and twelfth grade students volunteer to become peer mentors and then receive training from School Counselors in active listening and problem solving. Meetings are designed to encourage discussion about "what if" situations specific to middle school girls while fostering relationships across the divisions.

Playground Pals
All Upper School students in good academic standing, with a break in their schedule that coincides with fourth and/or fifth grade recess, are invited to volunteer for the Playground Pals program. School Counselors train volunteers in active listening and problem solving and facilitate a discussion about the realities of fourth and fifth grade friendship issues. Playground Pals are a friendly presence during recess, available to help solve problems when they occur but also to stop trouble before it happens by encouraging fairness, sharing and inclusivity.