Pace Academy is dedicated to supporting the whole child. Through our guidance counseling program, we strive to assist the young people in our care as they endeavor to become successful students and, ultimately, thriving citizens of the world. Students' social-emotional growth is a vital part of that journey.
Counselors in our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools provide guidance and support to students, parents and faculty. The counselor’s role is not only to help members of the Pace community navigate difficult life situations when they arise, but also to provide education and tools on an ongoing basis so community members are better equipped to face these challenges.
Pace Academy is committed to establishing and maintaining a nurturing, safe and positive learning environment for all students. Our counselors work with multidisciplinary teams to effectively address the academic, personal and social needs of all students. The counseling program strives to promote healthy development and emotional well-being among students, families, and faculty in the Pace community through education and specific initiatives.
As professional counselors, we believe that...
- All persons have dignity and worth.
- All persons deserve love, support and the fulfillment of basic needs.
- Persons of all ethnic, cultural, sexual and racial identities have the right to be respected.
- All students have the potential to achieve their goals and the abilities to function at their best.
- All persons deserve to discover and use their unique voices to empower themselves and others.
- All students have the right to be heard so that the needs of individual students and the collective student body are met.
- All students should be taught coping skills to deal with challenges they may face.
- All persons should be provided a variety of intellectual, social, mental, collective and physical resources to develop holistically.
As counselors, we...
- Support the academic mission and vision of the school.
- Advocate for safe schools and foster a nurturing school environment.
- Take an unbiased and open-minded approach to working with students.
- Follow ethical guidelines to ensure the well-being of all students, faculty and staff.
- Are knowledgeable of the school and community resources and how these might be used to benefit students, teachers and families.
- Work with our faculty, administration and support staff to meet the community's mental health needs.
- Assist classroom teachers as needed to ensure the best academic experience and performance of all students.
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Mental Wellness and Racial Trauma
In light of recent events which highlight systemic racism in our nation, the Pace Counseling Department, in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, has pulled together a list of resources on racial trauma.
Racial trauma refers to the emotional impact one experiences in regards to racism and can occur as a result of witnessing or experiencing racism and/or discrimination. Pace is committed to developing anti-racist practices and creating safe spaces of support for students and families who might encounter racial trauma.
Click below to learn more about the impact of racial trauma on mental wellness; resources for healing and support for children, families and parents; and contact information for division counselors.
The Pace Counseling Team