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Arlington, VA 22204
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Counselor's Corner

Barcroft School Counseling Program

 Joel Phillips is the full-time school counselor at Barcroft Elementary School.  He can be contacted at joel.phillips@apsva.us or 703-228-8114
What does an elementary school counselor do?
An elementary school counselor provides services to all students to improve academic success, support social/emotional development, and promote career and college readiness.  Parents/Guardians must notify the school in writing if they wish to opt their children out of personal/social lessons.

Regular counselor tasks include:
  • Teaching guidance lessons to all students
  • Counseling students individually
  • Running programs with small groups
  • Supporting school transitions
  • Providing information to parents regarding internal and external programs
  • Consulting with teachers, parents, and community members
  • Conducting needs assessments to inform counseling services
  • Providing referrals to external programs and services
When should I contact the school counselor?
If you have any concerns about your child's academics or their social/emotional state then you can call or email the school counselor.  You can also contact the counselor to discuss any of the issues listed above.  Due to confidentiality, detailed or sensitive discussions are best held over the phone or in person.

To learn more about the counselor and the counseling services provided at Barcroft please use the menu on the left.
Last Modified on January 30, 2016