The Director of Guidance oversees the program and consults regularly with administration and faculty. They all try to create a sense of involvement for families and students, creating a warm atmosphere that complements the students' academic and social experience. Faculty also regularly consult with the Guidance department in order to monitor the academic, social, and emotional progress of all students. On occasion, classroom observations will be conducted in order to follow such progress.
The Director meets with students who are referred by parents, teachers, or administrators, and conducts monthly team meetings with teachers of each grade together with administrators, wherein they review the functioning and progress of every student. Students are also encouraged to initiate meetings with the Director. The Director is available at all times to meet with parents who have academic, social, or other issues concerning their children, and will recommend consultation with an outside professional if the situation demands.
Teachers utilize the resources of the department in order to better address class-wide issues, whether they be accidents or world crises, on how to best present the issue to the class. The department coordinates school-wide programs, such as those that teach safety and security awareness. Similarly, workshops are held for faculity that sensitize them to issues that their students are confronting.
The Lower School Guidance department works hand in hand with the Guidance department of the Middle School as students make the transition to fifth grade. All materials and files relevant to each student are transferred to the Middle School Guidance office as the students make that transition.
The Director also monitors those students accommodated by the General Studies and Hebrew Learning Centers. All students are individually assessed, and those that need remediation work individually or in small groups in the Learning Center. Every attempt is made not to disturb the daily pattern of the students who are utilizing the Learning Center. Students focus on reading and writing skills, and all students are continually re-evaluated so that new students may join those in the Learning Center, and those that no longer need help may leave. The Hebrew Learning Center staff help students with the mechanics of Hebrew letters, vowels, and reading and writing. Third and Fourth graders have the opportunity to work on their reading of Chumash,
as well as the script, structure, and logic of Rashi.
The Learning Center professionals continually communicate with parents, providing and accepting suggestions and recommendations. Students who have received an outside evaluation may be entitled to extended time while taking tests. Learning Center faculty also forge strong links with outside tutors, to insure that the student receives the most accurate help that he or she needs. The Director of Guidance and the Learning Center faculty work as partners with teachers, parents, and the students themselves, helping those students deal with both emotional and learning issues.