Starting freshman year, counselors emphasize the value of getting involved at Malvern Prep and making the appropriate social adjustments. Students learn effective time management skills, study habits, and responsible decision making. Topics such as managing an online persona and use of social media are addressed, as well as resistance skills around drug and alcohol use. In addition, counselors delve into college and career exploration through a variety of assessments and activities that helps students develop and understand their strengths.
Students and parents are encouraged to contact their counselor to answer questions about scheduling, level placement, social/emotional concerns, activity participation, or overall adjustment to the school. The Counseling Department believes that proactive responses are key to a student's well-being and academic success. Counseling act as the first line of defense in assisting students and families and sometimes determining if a student needs additional services, such as the School Psychologist or Learning Specialist.
In addition, each Upper School student will meet once a cycle throughout the entire school year with a small group of classmates to work on a variety of skills including study skills, time management, career and learning assessments, the college process, and life beyond Malvern. These classes are taught by the school and College Counseling Departments and will serve to address our school mission.
In Middle School, counselors strive to establish and maintain an open, active relationship between students, faculty, and parents. Middle School is an exciting time when students actively explore and develop their academic gifts, athletic and fine arts talent, and their interpersonal skills. The Middle School Support Team works together to provide students with the academic and social support that is so critical during these years.