School Counseling

Lower School Counselor

Julie Oetting

College & Career Counselor

Angela Blackmer


School counselors, referred to as “guidance counselors” in the past, help every student improve academic achievement, personal and social development, and career planning. School counselors in the 21st century are highly trained educators in pre K-12 settings who uphold ethical and professional standards to design, implement and manage comprehensive, developmental, results-based school counseling programs that promote and enhance student success.

School counselors address the academic and developmental needs of all students, not just those in need, by collaborating with students, parents, school staff and the community.

Numerous research studies show that school counselors, implementing a comprehensive school counseling program, can serve a vital role in maximizing student achievement.

(Excerpted from a joint publication of the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Education Association.)

Elementary School Counseling Services

Services available to students:

Working and playing well with others

Setting goals and making good decisions

Adjusting to a new school

Managing stress and emotions

Dealing with peer pressure & bullying

Services available to parents:

Improving parent-child communication

Understanding childhood development

Referrals to community resources

Supplying reference materials

To support our lower school counseling program, ISD uses Second Step: Skills for Social and Academic Success. This is a program taught in the classroom by the counselor and teachers.

Social Emotional Skills

Understand and communicate feelings

Manage their emotions

Solve Interpersonal Problems

Make Friends

Get along with others

Self-Regulation Skills

The ability to monitor and manage feelings

The ability to self-regulate helps student focus their attention on learning when they may be distracted by others, upset by a problem, or excited about an upcoming event.

College & Career Counseling Services

Personalized academic advising

College prep classes

Interest/Career inventories

PSAT, SAT, & ACT preparation and testing onsite

College application assistance

Letters of recommendation

Financial aid information


To support our upper school counseling program, ISD uses Naviance Family Connection, an online learning platform that promotes college and career readiness through its four pillars: Self-Discovery, Career Exploration, Academic Planning, and College Preparation.

School Counseling at International School of Dongguan helps all children get the most out of school. Your support and cooperation can help make your child’s school years a positive and rewarding experience! It is our hope that parents and students feel free to use these services – individual appointments are available every week during school hours.


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