3600 N. Harrison St.
Arlington, VA 22207
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015


Welcome to Williamsburg
Counseling Department


As part of our Character Education Program, students are nominated each month for Wolves With Character.  The Wolves With Character program highlights a different character trait each month, such as Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, etc.  Students nominated for exemplifying the monthly characteristic are recognized in their TA classes with a certificate and a prize.

A big THANK YOU to zpizza for their partnership through their Nice zSlice program to reward kindness during National Bully Prevention Month.  Students recognized will recieved a gift certificate for a slice of yummy pizza from zpizza.
We also kicked off September with a bang, celebrating the month of RESPECT with a pizza party for recognized students from Deli Italiano and Dominos!!!!! 

The first Middle School Sibshop Campfire is beginning just a few weeks!  Sibshops are peer recreation and support programs for students who have a brother or sister with a disability, or unique health/medical needs/concerns.  Click the following link for additional details: Sibshop Campfire 



Mission Statement of the Williamsburg Middle School Counseling Team

The mission of the Counseling Team at Swanson Middle School is to provide a comprehensive, developmental, dynamic and responsive counseling program that supports student achievement, working collaboratively with all stakeholders to nurture a love of learning in middle school students.  By addressing the individual needs of this diverse community, in terms of socio-emotional, academic and career development, school counselors create opportunities for students to have trusting relationships with at least one adult as they transition from elementary school to high school.     Through proactive guidance lessons, individual and group counseling, programs and presentations, counselors equip students with the skills of self-advocacy, conflict resolution and educated decision making. Counseling initiatives promote resiliency, good character development and improved peer interactions. Counselors support the APS mission to help students transform into “productive and global citizens”.   

Through programming, data collection and the delivery of services based on needs assessments, state counseling standards and aligned with the ASCA National model,  the Williamsburg Middle School Counseling Team provides valuable support to APS’ strategic goal of “meeting the needs of the whole child.”  Our collaborative efforts support Swanson’s collective goal to instill in each student a desire for “scholarship, service and spirit.” 

Individual Counseling

In confidential settings, students are assisted in understanding their feelings, attitudes, concerns, and behaviors. Counselors establish a relationship characterized by respect, understanding, openness, acceptance and trust.

Group Counseling

Group counseling may assist students experiencing commonly shared concerns and/or developmental difficulties in areas such as interpersonal relationships with peers and/or adults, school attendance, academic achievement, or coping with life changes such as grief and loss.

Classroom Guidance

Through a series of planned classroom learning experiences, counselors assist teachers with meaningful activities targeting the personal, social, academic, and career development of all students.

  • Bullying
  • Depression 
  • Harassment
  • Naviance (Career and College Exploration)
  • Academic Planning
  • Course Request Forms (CRFs)
Last Modified on October 15, 2014