Counseling

Counseling mission statement

The mission of the International Academy counseling department is to build productive relationships, empower students to achieve self-reliance, self-discover, and self-reflection and support and guide students as they pursue their educational and personal goals.  The counselors provide academic, personal and college counseling and serve as the liaison between the students, parents and faculty.

 

Role of the School Counselor

From the American School Counselor Association

Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. 

Okma Counselors

Lisa Acton - Counselor248.341.5935

Counselor for students whose last names begin:

Class of 2020:  A-K
Class of 2021:  A-L
Class of 2022:  A-K
Class of 2023:  A-K
 

  • Times Available: 7:45 – 3:30 Monday thru Friday
  • Student sign up sheet available at Ms. Hassett's desk in the Counseling office

Jane Dittus - Counselor248.341.5934

Counselor for students whose last names begin:

Class of 2020:  L-Z
Class of 2021:  M-Z
Class of 2022:  L-Z
Class of 2023:  L-Z
 

 

  • Times available: 7:45-3:30 Monday thru Friday 
  • Student sign up sheet available at Ms. Jacob's desk in the Counseling Office

Joni Jacobs - Counseling Secretary248.341.5931

 

 

West Counselors

Brigid Piagentini - Counselor248.676.2873

Times available: Monday through Friday 7:45am-3:30pm

  • Counselor for all students 9-12
  • Student sign up can be done on the laptop in the main office OR by completing the IA Student Support Services Sign-up Form


Julie Anne Barron -  Attendance/Counseling Secretary248.676.8379

 

 

 

East Counselors

Whitney Bernstein - Counselor248.823.8360

  • Times available: Mondays thru Friday 7:35-3:30
  • Counselor for Students: last names - A-KH

Alexandria Phelps - Counselor248.823.8362

  • Times available: Monday through Friday 7:35-3:30
  • Counselor for Students: last names Ki-Z

Sharon Bourdeau - Attendance/Counseling Secretary248.823.8361

 

 

 

Resources

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After School Help Sessions

All teachers are available for individual appointments.  

See your teacher to schedule a meeting time.

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SCOIR is the system that the IA is using to assist students in their college search and application process. 
Founded on the belief that students are more than their SATs and GPAs and that colleges are more than their rankings, SCOIR is leading a revolution to transform the college admissions process from a short-term, quantitative transaction to a long-term, qualitative engagement. The goal is for students to become more reflective in this process in order to discover best fit colleges.

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