• Student Support Services

    Kecia Mathews Ed.S, Director

     Guidance and Counseling

    Mrs. Joy Marshall, Midfield Elementary School

    Ms. Onetha Bethel, Rutledge Middle School

    Ms. Jasmine Dukes. Midfield High School


    School Counseling

    Hands in the air

    Guidance and Counseling is an integral component of the educational environment that is accessible to all students. The counseling and guidance program in Midfield City Schools consists of activities that address and meet students’ various educational and developmental needs. School counselors show that each activity implemented as a part of the school counseling and guidance program is developed as a result of a thorough analysis of student needs, desired achievement goals, and related data.

    Students are provided opportunities to gain an understanding of self and others, to participate in educational and occupational exploration, and to pursue career planning opportunities in an environment that is safe, caring, and encouraging. Counselors work in collaborative partnerships with students, educators, parents, and community members to empower students to reach their highest level as productive members of society.


    Benefits for Students

    • Ensures every student access to the school counseling and guidance program
    • Monitors and interprets data to facilitate student improvement and school success
    • Provides strategies for closing the achievement gap
    • Promotes the most challenging and appropriate academic curriculum for each student
    • Advocates for students and promotes equitable access to educational opportunities

    Benefits for Parents/Guardians

    • Supports active partnerships for student learning and career planning
    • Invites and coordinates access to school and community resources
    • Advocates for student academic, career, and personal development
    • Provides training and informational workshops
    • Provides data for information on student progress

    Benefits for Teachers

    • Promotes an interdisciplinary team approach to address student needs and educational goals
    • Increases collaboration with school counselors and teacher
    • Supports development of classroom management skills
    • Analyzes data to improve school climate and student achievement

    Benefits for Administrators

    • Develops and implements a school counseling and guidance plan to promote student success
    • Utilizes data for school improvement
    • Uses data for implementation of the Alabama Program for Counselors
    • Provides a proactive school guidance curriculum that addresses student needs and enhances school climate


    Benefits for School Counselors

    • Defines responsibilities within the context of a school counseling and guidance program
    • Eliminates nonschool counseling program activities
    • Supports access to every student
    • Provides a tool for program management, implementation, and accountability
    • Recognizes school counselors as leaders, advocates, and agents of change
    • Ensures the school counseling and guidance program contributes to the school’s mission
    • Provides evidence of ongoing activities for the implementation of the Alabama Program for Counselors

    Benefits for Postsecondary Education

    • Enhances articulation and transition of the student to postsecondary institutions
    • Encourages and supports rigorous academic preparation that prepares every student for the most appropriate postsecondary educational opportunities
    • Motivates every student to seek a wide range of substantial postsecondary options, including college
    • Promotes equity and access to postsecondary education for every student