The mission of the Counseling Office at St. Mark’s School of Texas is to provide assistance to students and their families with academic, behavioral, and emotional concerns. Counseling and Academic Support services include the following:
Counseling for students requesting assistance in Lower, Middle, and Upper School
Screening for emotional or behavioral concerns
Consultation with parents regarding their son’s academic, behavioral, or emotional difficulty
Intervention with students and families requesting assistance
Coordination of care within the school for students and parents working with a mental health provider outside of the school
Referrals to mental health providers in the community
Coordination of annual standardized testing (ERB-CTP-IV)
Consultation on school wide prevention initiatives:
Substance Abuse prevention
Screening for academic difficulty
Referrals for psychoeducational assessment
Coordination of psychoeducational assessment with testing professionals outside of the school
Review and evaluation of psychoeducational assessments to determine eligibility for classroom accommodations
Development of Individual Learning Plans for eligible students
Coordination with College Board and ACT to establish eligibility for accommodations for students with disabilities
St. Mark’s has two locations that allow you to drop an anonymous note in a locked box to express your concern. One box is located in Centennial Hall – 1st floor main central foyer – south end of the foyer – on the backside of the large column. A second box is located in the Chapel vestibule – west end of the vestibule.
You may also contact the Director of Counseling and your identity can remain confidential at your request.
Students with approved learning plans in place will be contacted by the Coordinator of Academic Support in the spring of their freshman year to establish eligibility for accommodations on College Board exams.
Approved learning plans must be in place over four school months to meet College Board eligibility requirements.
Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey (2011) Delivered from Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey (2005) ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kohberg and Kathleen Nadeau (2002) The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents by Nancy A. Ratey (2008)
Preventing Hazing: How Parents, Teachers, and Coaches Can Stop the Violence, Harassment, and Humiliation by Susan Lipkins (2006) InsideHazing.com www.gordie.org ~ A national campaign to prevent alcohol abuse and hazing in memory of Gordie Bailey. The documentary HAZE tells Gordie’s story within the context of alcohol abuse and hazing. StopHazing.org ~ Education and research to eliminate hazing.
www.fcd.org ~ FCD Educational Services works with schools to provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills they need to make intelligent, healthy choices about alcohol and other drug use. Additional resources are available on their site.
St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, non-sectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.