ASA’s socio-emotional counsellor offers a variety of services to students. Individual and group counselling is available to all students, and students may be referred by their teachers, school administrators, parents or they may ask to see the counsellor themselves.

As ASA serves an international, and often transient, population of students, the counsellor is available to support students who are transitioning into or out of ASA.

The counsellor is available to consult with teachers to help ensure that students are reaching their fullest potential during class time. She also assists with planning and delivering preventative lessons and activities in elementary classrooms and throughout the middle and high school advisory program to teach students skills that foster social and academic success.


ASA has developed a set of standards and policies that will allow students to present high quality applications to appropriate colleges and allow us to advocate as effectively as possible on their behalf. We want each student to ‘reach for the stars’ while maintaining the important balance necessary to have terrific options, even if ‘reach’ schools do not come to fruition. Students should complete the college application process with a feeling of success and, more importantly, with a fine college or university that is a great fit to attend for three-four years.

The college process is both simple and complex. All ASA students must follow a simple and clear path: develop self-understanding, take standardized assessments, learn about colleges and universities, and complete applications. Unfortunately, too, students will all experience some of the anxiousness caused by a multi-faceted and demanding process. Ultimately, students will make difficult choices about what is best for them in terms of what school represents the best fit for intellectual, academic, social and career opportunities.

Carlee Ragsdale-Adolfae