Upper School Mental Wellness
Welcome to the Pace Academy Upper School, where students learn to balance their academic and extracurricular pursuits in a supportive environment that encourages independence and self-advocacy. Our counseling program emphasizes mental wellness as the foundation of future success.
Programs and Services for Students
Our counselors work with the Pace Parenting Connection and outside organizations to bring presentations on relevant mental health topics to campus. Counselors also meet with individual grades and classes to discuss relevant topics and oversee programs such as Peer Leadership, the Student Advisory Board and our ninth-grade Transitions curriculum.
Individual and Group Support
Our counselors meet with students individually or in small groups as needed to address personal, social or academic concerns. They also collaborate with outside providers and offer community referrals to students who need additional, specialized support.
Our counselors act as liaisons between the school and outside providers so that the school can support work taking place off campus. Students can make counseling appointments, and deans, teachers, and parents are encouraged to make referrals. In addition, our counselors collaborate with the Academic Resource Center to provide student support as needed.
Resources for Parents
In conjunction with the Pace Parenting Connection and Consulting Psychologist Dr. Mark Crawford, our counselors bring presentations on relevant mental health topics to campus. Event dates, locations and times are published on the Pace calendar.
Our counselors act as a resource, providing guidance to individual parents and families on an as-needed basis.
Additional resources for current Pace parents are available in the Pace LEAD and Parenting Connection sections of myPACE (login required).
Partnerships with Teachers
Our counselors are in constant contact with our teachers and are available to consult with individual teachers and students to address specific needs, in and outside of the classroom.
Our counselors provide professional development opportunities for faculty to ensure they support the children in their classrooms to the best of their abilities.
FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependence) is the world's leading nonprofit provider of on-site substance abuse prevention services for youth in kindergarten through college. Educators from FCD visit Pace twice a year to work with students, faculty and parents, and they act as ongoing consultants throughout the year.
INSTEAD (Informing and Nurturing Students Through Education about Alcohol and other Drugs) offers parents, students, and faculty a non-disciplinary channel for concerns about student use of alcohol and other drugs. Download the INSTEAD Confidential Referral Form.
Pace LEAD (Leadership and Education about Alcohol and other Drugs) is a parent group that supports educational and discussion opportunities around substance use and abuse.
Pace parents may access additional resources and information regarding Pace LEAD via myPACE (login required).