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Student Assistance Counseling

Mrs. Lauren Garrett
Student Assistance Counselor
lgarrett@altamontschool.org

Student Support

The Student Support Team meets weekly to discuss student progress and communicates their recommendations with individual students, parents, teachers and advisors. Each student at Altamont has a faculty advisor, a teacher who is a genuinely interested adult advocate and friend. These advisors ensure that lines of communication always remain open among students, faculty and parents. In addition, each grade 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.

Supporting the Anxious Learner

Please click here to view strategies and resources from Tamara Hamilton of Cliff Valley Institute for supporting students who are "anxious learners."

Reading recommendations:
Helping Your Anxious Teen
by Dr. Sheila Achar Josephs

Helping Your Anxious Child, A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents by Dr. Ronald Rapee

Freeing Your Child From Anxiety, by Dr. Tamar Chansky

How to Raise an Adult, Break Free of the Overparenting Trap & Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Mindset, The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol S. Dweck

The Upside of Stress by Dr. Kelly McGonigal

The Gift of Failure, How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go so Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey

The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain by Joann Deak

Check it out!

Recommendations from the counselor.


Are you and/or your child feeling overwhelmed by stress, obligations, or expectations? Try implementing some meditation and mindfulness activities into your morning or evening routine! The app "Calm" can guide you in short and easy activities to reduce negative emotions in your life!

Mindfulness for Children - Well Guides - The New York Times
Children of all ages, parents, and caregivers can benefit from mindfulness.

Guiding Difficult Conversations