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Counselor's Corner

Counseling Department Mission Statement

The counseling program’s mission is to provide equity and access to superior counseling services to all students at William H. Ryder Math and Science Elementary School. We will do this by developing a high- quality and developmentally appropriate counseling program that fosters student growth and success in academics, social/emotional and college and career development. In accordance with national, state and local district standards, the counseling program strives to help all students acquire the attitudes, skills, knowledge, mindsets and behaviors necessary to become excellent students, responsible citizens, productive workers and lifelong learners that contribute positively in a diverse society. Through collaborative partnerships with school administration, staff, students, parents and supports within the community, the counseling program ensures the needs and goals of all students are addressed.


The Professional School Counselors at Ryder believe:

  • Every Ryder student at each grade level has the ability to learn and succeed
  • Every Ryder student should have access to both high-quality education and a comprehensive school counseling program within a safe and supportive school environment
  • Every Ryder student can become an active member of their future school, work, and personal communities
  • School Counselors should provide a data driven developmental counseling program through counseling curriculum, individual student planning, proactive and responsive services.


Contact Us

Parents, if you feel your child would benefit from Counseling Services, please complete the Parent Referral Form. The counselors are also happy to schedule meetings with parents/guardians throughout the school year. To set up a parent meeting please email Ms. Wilson if your child is in 4th through 8th grade at alwilson@cps.edu or Ms. Taylor if your child is in Pre- K through 3rd grade at jdtaylor27@cps.edu

This Month in Counseling

- October is recognized as Anti Bullying Awareness Month. We will be working with students at all grade levels on anti- bullying behaviors and social skills.

- High School preparation curriculum begins with 8th grade students on Naviance and GoCPS

- The CPS High School Admissions Test will be available to all current CPS students applying to ninth grade on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021. If you have any concerns about the upcoming test date, please reach out to Ms. Wilson. Please see the "High School Updates" tab for more information.

September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or having trouble coping, there is help. Adults and youth in distress can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (en Español 1-888-628-9454) for free and confidential support. Text “home” to 741741.

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