The Wellness Program at Morgan Park Academy takes an educational and preventative approach to building skills to enhance the academic, social, and emotional growth of all students. The Wellness Program implements programs and services that help students achieve the goals highlighted in the Academy’s mission statement:
- Appreciate their own uniqueness as contributing members of a diverse community;
- Develop intellectually, physically, creatively, emotionally, and socially;
- Cultivate personal integrity and social responsibility; and
- Make a positive difference in the world.
Carolyn Manley, Director of Character Education and Wellness. Lower, Middle, and Upper School Counselor
Office Hours: Monday 8:00-12:00, Tuesday 11:30-3:30, Wednesday 12:30-4:30, Thursday and Friday 8:00-12:00
The Wellness Program leads the Academy’s efforts to create a safe and healthy school climate where respect, acceptance, and dignity are not only nurtured and encouraged but viewed as essential to the mission of the school.
School Counseling Program
Morgan Park Academy offers a school-counseling program for Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. This program provides a variety of opportunities to enhance a student’s academic, social, and emotional development.
The counseling program takes an educational, preventative approach to building skills in such areas as emotional management, stress management, interpretation of social cues, problem-solving, self-awareness, and communication. These issues may be addressed in individual, small group, or classroom settings. The goal of the program is to contribute to the education of the whole child.
The counseling program is focused on identifying and alleviating obstacles that may prevent a student from achieving his/her full potential. It is, by definition, short-term in nature, and centers on normal developmental issues for children and adolescents. Sometimes, a student may need more long-term assistance or may require services that are not available within our program. A referral for counseling/therapy or a referral for an outside assessment may be recommended or required. It is at the discretion of the appropriate principal and/or headmaster to determine the consequence for not following through or complying with this recommendation.
Individual referrals are made at the request of the principal, teacher, parent, or student to assist students in addressing issues that interfere with school functioning. Such issues include academic concerns (i.e., need for study skills, time-management skills, organizational skills), personal or emotional concerns (i.e., adjustment, family issues, self-esteem, stress management), and social concerns (i.e., coping with peer pressure, establishing and maintaining relationships, fitting in).