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Saint Paul Public Schools, District 625
360 Colborne Street
Saint Paul


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Elementary School Counseling

Every SPPS elementary school has at least 1 full time school counselor. School counselors support all students in academic success, social emotional development and college and career readiness. 

Core Counseling Classroom Lessons

Taught weekly or every other week to provide proactive skill building to all students in the following areas:

  • academic achievement
  • career and college exploration
  • social emotional learning
  • bullying prevention
  • personal safety
  • academic and personal transitions
  • preparation for transition to middle school

Small Group Counseling

Topics vary and may include: friendship skills, academic support, social emotional skills, mental health and wellness, resilience, family change and grief and loss. 

Individual Counseling

  • Every 5th grade student meets one-on-one with their counselor to set goals, explore career pathways and work on their Personal Learning Plan.
  • Support students for short-term mental health and development needs. Work with families to connect students to community mental health resources.

Do you have concerns about your student?

Contact your student's school counselor to discuss. Successful elementary students typically have a sense of belonging, know that they can do the school work, feel that their teachers believe in them and have interested and involved caregivers.

Things to Know About the Transition to Middle School

Elementary counselors provide a 5 lesson unit to help prepare students for the transition to middle school. They work closely with their middle school counselor colleagues to provide individual support for a successful transition as needed. 

Students do well when parents, school staff and caring adults understand both the school changes and the personal changes that are underway for middle grades students.