Counseling Services

Counseling services are available to all students, faculty and staff at TA. School counselors work with students to support their academic, social, and emotional functioning. We help students plan optimal course selections, explore career and education opportunities after high school, and negotiate personal and social issues.

Each student has one of two school counselors. In general, students are divided by alphabet, although both students and counselors can make changes. Students are also welcome to choose any counselor for personal issues.

Mark Pichette - Director of Counseling
Rebecca Walter-Proulx - School Counselor
Mary Daum - Coordinator of Counseling Affairs

Additional Counseling Resources in the Counseling Department
Carl Bayer, Vermont Student Assistance Corp. Outreach Counselor, Gear Up
Julia Martiesian, Vocational Rehabilitation Division, School Transition Counselor

Communications with Parents
We encourage frequent conversations between home and school. Counselors will call home when we have academic, social, or safety concerns about students. We look forward to hearing from family members who have thoughts or concerns about their students' academic performance, attendance; social functioning in school, and post-secondary plans.

Annual Counseling Programs and Activities
We offer a variety of services and activities designed to build skills for learning and planning future choices for education and careers. We help all students plan their course registration to meet their academic needs and interests.

Grade 7
"Quick Chat" - individual conferences to check in on progress.
Meet with all advisory groups to talk about adjusting to Thetford Academy, Counseling availability and resources.

Grade 8
Meet with all advisory groups to talk about adjusting to 8th grade.
Job Shadow Day-April.
Orientation for incoming 9th graders.

Grade 9
Meeting with all advisory groups to talk about adjusting to high school, setting academic and personal goals.
"Freshman Fifteen" - individual conferences to check in on the first year's progress.

Grade 10
Meeting with all advisory groups to set academic and personal goals for the year.
PSAT for some sophomores in October.
Complete Do What You Are with counselors (personality-career matches).

Grade 11
PSAT in October
College admissions representatives at TA
Junior College Night for juniors and their parents
Junior conferences to confirm credits, courses for senior year, begin post-secondary planning (research college list, possible employment)
College Fair

Grade 12
College admissions representatives at TA
Finalize career or college plans, applications, and recommendations
VSAC "Paying for College Night"
Financial Aid Forms Night