Secondary Counseling

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Dear ACS Families,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Carolina Blanco and I am the Secondary School Counselor for the 2019-2020 school year.

As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, emotional and social development of all students. I look forward to offering support to the students, staff, families and community.

Any student can request to meet with me or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent. I encourage you to reach out if you have concerns regarding your child. If you would like for me to meet with your child please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am here to help create a welcoming, inclusive school climate and ensure each student’s dignity and culture is embraced. I will work towards promoting a learning environment that encourages, motivates and supports students, so they can fulfill their potential. I can be reached by email at

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Back to School Useful Resources

Middle School

Please encourage your child to attend After School Support Sessions. These Sessions will support your child in the following areas:

  • Organizational Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Managing Time

Useful Articles:

  • Top 10 skills middle school students need to thrive, and how parents can help: In elementary school, I was too shy to address my teachers by name. I would hover nearby, hoping they would realize I had a question. Read More
  • 7 Steps to Succeeding in Middle School: Hormones and changing bodies, locker combinations and big campuses, bullies and crushes: Is it any wonder that some middle school students let their grades slip? But even the most flustered kids can succeed when they receive a little extra help at home and school. Read More

High School

High School can be very challenging for your child in many areas. We are here to support your child overcome these challenges and thrive in all areas. Please do not hesitate to contact me to support your child through their path.

We will be offering a Peer Counseling Program to any Sophomore, Junior or Senior who wishes to join. They will be getting their Peer Mentor Applications during the month of September during Advisory.

Peer Counselors will serve the critical function of working with students in the Middle and High School, both in one-on-one and class presentation capacities. Peer Counselors are carefully chosen from the sophomore, junior or senior classes based on qualities of responsibility, sincerity, compassion and desire to be of help to others. They assist students with personal, social and academic needs. In the minds of many people, they will represent what ACS is all about. Peer Counseling Form

Useful Articles:

  • HELPING KIDS AND TEENS FEEL CALM, CONFIDENT, CO-OPERATIVE AND COPE WITH LIFE: If you have a teenager at high school, then it's quite likely you might have one of the four concerns below:
  1. Last minute assignments. Do you worry that your teen is an underachiever? Does it seem like they often do the bare minimum, at the last possible second? Are you concerned that they spend a lot of time socialising, on the computer, on their phone or just seemingly wasting time? Read More
  • What makes Teens Most Likely to Succeed?: AS A SOCIOLOGIST WHO'S done much research on elite performance and productivity, I’ve given a lot of thought to the skills that lead to success in the modern economy. What I've found applies not only to adults but to kids, including teens graduating from high school this spring. Parents, too, take note: As many graduates look ahead to the future, here are seven learned qualities or characteristics that make teens, as the yearbook might put it, "most likely to succeed:" Read More

Did You Know:

What Is MAP?

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computer adaptive assessment test produced by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The test is designed for kindergarten through 12th grade students, and it assesses reading, language usage, math, and, for some grades, general sciences. The test is un-timed, but it usually takes about an hour to complete.

The MAP adaptive test provides each child with a unique exam that is suitable for his or her academic level, independent of grade. This makes the MAP different from other standardized test that you or your child may have seen in the past and makes it even more important to familiarize you or your child with the test’s format and changing difficulty level before test day.

Important dates

Middle School Map Testing: Tuesday, September 3-Friday, September 6th

Featured Video

What teenagers want you to know

Our biggest fear isn't being rejected, it's being invisible. Roy Petitfils discusses the invisibility epidemic faced by teenagers and what we can do to help.

Useful Resources

To View the presentation "How Can My Child’s PSAT Score Report Be Used to Improve Their Scores? " please click here

To View the presentation "Communicating with Your Teen" click here

To View the video (for middle schoolers) How to Stay Focused click here: How to Stay Focused

  • Articles
    • Rough housing- When is rough housing and horseplay dangerous. Read Article
    • 3 Ways High School Counselors Can Help Students, Parents - Aside from helping students arrange schedules and apply to college, High School counselors offer families strategies on parenting and helpful advice on how to connect with their children. Read More.
    • 9 Things Counselors Want Parents to Know About High School Success - This article offers advice from high school counselors and independent educational advisors on what really helps a student to succeed. Talk about it with your high school student and work together to make this the best year yet. Read More.
  • Sites & Links
    • Parent Toolkit - Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource developed with parents in mind. It’s produced by NBC News Education Nation and supported by Pearson and includes information about almost every aspect of your child’s development, because they're all connected.
    • Parents Helping Parents - This nonprofit, community-based, parent-directed family resource center provides lifetime guidance, supports and services to children with any special need, their families and the professionals who serve them.


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