Students, teachers, and parents took a Needs Assessment Survey for the Counseling Department from the middle of August into early September. We are excited to share the results with you! We split the results up below by survey so that you can easily compare the needs of students, parents, and teachers at Hopewell. Please check out our calendars at the bottom of this page to see what programs we are planning to meet some of the needs that were highlighted in the surveys. Thank you to all students, teachers, and parents who took the time to take our survey! Your input really helps shape our counseling programming at Hopewell!
Student Needs Assessment Results
Participation by Grade Level:
Academic, College/Career, and Personal/Social Concerns that Students Reported:
Parent Needs Assessment Results
Parent Participation by Grade Level:
Academic, Career, and Personal/Social Concerns that parents reported:
Teacher Needs Assessment Results
Academic, College/Career, and Personal/Social Concerns that Teachers Reported
Conclusions & Planned Response
Academic Concerns: Parents, students, and teachers all indicated a need for help with study skills and organization. Teachers specifically identified that students need help with time management slightly more than organization help or study skills. The counselors will be meeting individually to go over study skills with students that self-identify or are recommended by teachers. We will also be working with students referred by teachers on organization. As a reminder, we do offer organization help every Thursday during PRIDE time in the counseling office or by appointment at other times as needed. This is open to everyone and we are happy to help!
College/Career Planning Concerns: Parents, students and teachers all expressed a desire for students to learn more about their career options and how to reach their career goals. Counselors will be delivering classroom guidance activities starting in November. Students will be completing activities on YouScience, a career exploration website. Check your grade level counselor's page or the calendars below for more information. We are also planning a parent seminar in November on Academic Pathways to educate parents on course options and how they fit in with college/career goals. We are tentatively planning some career talks that will take place in March 2021 and will give students an opportunity to explore some of their career goals. This is in place of Career Day this year.
Personal/Social Concerns: Teachers and students indicated that their main concern was feeling stressed by a significant amount. This is the 6th year we've done our needs assessment and this is the fourth year that "feeling stressed/anxious" has surpassed other categories by a significant amount. In response to these results, counselors will be offering academic tools to alleviate stress. Study skills help will be offered throughout the year in addition to organizational help sessions. We will also be organizing our De-Stress Zones strategically around especially stressful times, such as final exams. Parents indicated a few needs including that their children need help "helping themselves - learning to gain more self-confidence, feel better about themselves, and express their feelings and thoughts", feel stressed or anxious and that their students need help making friends. This is the first year that parents have reported that students need help making friends as one of their top needs. This is undoubtedly due to the pandemic and our current school situation. Counselors are limited in what we can do to help students make friends during this time, but we have been working with student council members to connect our students who are brand new to HMS. These students have emailed and exchanged contact information. We've also coordinated the exchange of contact information in our New Student group to help with some of this. These are just some of the activities that the counseling department has planned to address the needs that were indicated through the needs assessment surveys. Please take a look at the monthly calendar to see more detailed programming we have planned. Our department will also develop activities and programs to address needs that become apparent throughout the school year in addition to the programs we've already planned.