Mary Grace Seaton, M.Ed., is Trident Academy’s K-12 School Counselor
Phone: (843) 884-7046
School Counseling Program
The school counselor teaches literacy-based, multi-sensory guidance lessons to the K-8 classes once per week. Topics include communication, social skills, emotions, anti-bullying, anxiety and worries, career exploration, self-esteem, conflict resolution, and more. All lessons are aligned to ASCA National Standards for Students and ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors.
The school counselor conducts individual and small group counseling as needed. Students can be referred by teachers, parents, other students, and themselves. These services can either be preventive or remedial. Consultation with parents and staff is a vital element of responsive services. In partnership with JSS Behavioral Services, comprehensive mental health services, such as counseling and assessment, can be provided at school during your child’s school day. Trident Academy has good relationships with many other mental health professionals and refers students as needed.
The school counselor helps students create and monitor their own educational and career plans. This involves creating SMART goals; writing a Self-Advocacy Plan; completing a College and Career Project; ensuring all high school students meet high school diploma and college admission requirements; and coordinating on-site PSAT/SAT administration.
The school counselor also guides families who are transitioning their child out of Trident Academy by creating a Formal Education Plan, assisting families in finding appropriate schools, and acting as the point of contact between Trident Academy and the student’s next school.
The school counselor consults and collaborates with parents, staff, and the community. System support includes providing information and resources to parents/guardians; collaborating with teachers on classroom management strategies; collecting and analyzing school testing data; and creating and coordinating Trident Academy’s Speaker Series.