School Counseling & Support Services

MLC offers a comprehensive developmental guidance program to assist students with their academic experiences. While attending the Metropolitan Learning Center, students are assisted during their transition into the school in Grade 6, through their transition from the “middle school” into the 9th Grade Academy and the IB-Middle Years Programme, through the final three years of high school, and into their post-secondary opportunities.

Every student at the Metropolitan Learning Center is assigned a school counselor. Students entering the school in Grade 6 have the option to attend an orientation and visit the school while they are in the 5th grade.  In addition, all sixth grade students are invited to attend a Summer Academy during the summer before sixth grade.  At this Academy and the various orientation events, new students meet their school counselors and learn about their individual academic programs.

During the first weeks of school, students again have the opportunity to meet again with their counselors. While in middle school, students work with their counselors on academic planning, service learning projects, selection of extra-curricular activities, and other personal and academic concerns. Students are guided through their experiences in the IB-MYP Programme in grades 6 though 10. The school counselors in high school continue to guide students through their experiences at the Metropolitan Learning Center, ensure that students meet MLC and state graduation requirements, and provide a complete college/career planning and application program, which includes information for parents about financial aid. MLC’s guidance staff continues to be available to students beyond their graduation from MLC.

In addition to academic and career counseling, MLC offers a counseling center staffed by two full-time certified social workers.  Additionally, a School Based Health Clinician is available full time to meet with students. Students and parents with specific issues are able to take advantage of: 

  • Short term individual counseling
  • Support groups on age-specific issues
  • Crisis intervention/counseling
  • Referrals to community-based agencies