Guidance services are an important aspect of Saint James Middle School. Academic counseling, national testing programs, and individual student scheduling are top priorities. Individual and group counseling services are also available to our students.
Here are some of our programs that are managed through the Middle School Guidance office:
- New Student Acclimation Activities - All students new to Saint James are assigned a “buddy” in their grade to help continue to orient them to our school. For students entering at the beginning of a school year, we have a New Student / Buddy Pizza Party prior to the first day of school to allow them to meet each other, get a more detailed school tour as it relates to their schedule, and make a plan to meet each other on the first day of school. If a student enters during the school year, his or her buddy will meet them before school and between classes for several days to help the new student find his or her way around.
- Advisory Activities - The counseling office provides Advisory lessons for all middle school grades twice weekly. We begin the year with sessions on study skills, then move into lessons related to character development.
- Standardized Testing - Each year in November our 8th graders take the PSAT 8/9 national test. In January, the SAT10 is administered to 6th grades, and the SAT10 and OLSAT8 are administered to 7th grades.
- Career Awareness / Career Week - 7th graders will complete a Career Interest Inventory to help them prepare for one of our flagship middle school programs, 8th Grade Career Week. All 8th graders participate in Career Week each year in November. During this week they shadow professionals of their choice. There are many preliminary assignments that lead up to the shadowing week.