Student Assistance Counseling

Mrs. Lauren Garrett
Student Assistance Counselor

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.

Guiding Difficult Conversations

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."

2021-22 Counselor Book Club:

Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and survive) in Their Digital World 

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Young Adolescents and Adults

 “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go so Their Children Can Succeed

Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids

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.

Mindfulness Supports Healthy Sleeping Habits