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Student Support Services

The Altamont School maintains extensive resources to support student academic progress and mental health, including two full-time mental health counselors, a full-time learning specialist, and a dedicated Student Support Team that meets weekly to discuss student progress.

Mental Health and Counseling

Altamont recognizes the challenges of student life, both in and out of school. Our two full-time counselors offer individual attention to help students and parents alike navigate these years in good mental health.In addition to individual counseling appointments, we offer resources on many topics, tips for guiding difficult conversations, and a Parent/Counselor Book Club that spotlights important books related to youth mental health and parenting.

We invite you to take advantage of all of these resources and to contact us with any questions you have about student counseling assistance!

Contact Us!

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Lauren Garrett

Head of Student Assistance Counseling / Upper School Counselor

lgarrett@altamontschool.org

Kate Smith

Middle School Counselor

ksmith@altamontschool.org

Learning Support

Altamont's full-time learning specialist works closely with the student support counselors to ensure that students are thriving academically, socially and emotionally. The learning specialist evaluates and provides support for various learning differences, and is responsible for recommending and implementing accommodations for the classroom and standardized testing.

Services offered include one-on-one and small group sessions to promote executive function skills, including:

  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Planning and prioritizing assignments
  • Task initiation

Contact Us!

Tiesha Parker

Learning Specialist

tparker@altamontschool.org

Student Support Team

In addition to individual counseling appointments, the Student Support Team meets weekly to discuss student progress, and communicates recommendations to individual students, parents, teachers and advisors. Each student at Altamont has a faculty advisor - a genuinely interested adult advocate and friend. These advisors ensure that lines of communication always remain open among students, faculty and parents. Each grade also has two designated faculty sponsors who work with students to promote honor, relieve stress, keep grades in perspective, provide a forum for age-appropriate topics, and foster relationships within their class and with faculty.

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