Support & Counseling

Student Support


Every student can succeed – every student can thrive. We know this. We know that in order for students to thrive the School must understand them as learners, respect them as people, and commit the resources necessary to support them throughout their education. The curriculum at The Ratner Montessori School is designed to enable multiple points of entry, and to allow for students to progress through it at differing rates. Our faculty design units and projects that can challenge students in different ways and at different levels.


To help students achieve their full academic potential, we also rely on the work of our amazing Learning Support Team, comprised of:

  • Dedicated Learning Specialist for Elementary I and II
  • Dedicated Learning Specialist in Middle School
  • Speech and Language Pathologist on staff
  • Consulting Psychologist on staff
  • School Counselor on staff


The members of the team work with teachers and the School’s administration to:

  • Review all educational diagnostic testing to make sure the School has a clear understanding of every student’s needs and abilities.
  • Provide testing if there are gaps we perceive in existing testing.
  • Create a Ratner Learning Plan for every student who needs one. These plans guide the classroom teachers in their work with students and clarify for all the accommodations provided for each student.
  • Review Ratner Learning Plans with parents/students and with teachers.
  • Provide school counseling services to student, parents and teachers.


School Counseling

At The Ratner School, we provide school counseling services that fulfill the American School Counseling Association’s domains in academic, personal/social, and career development.


Individual School Counseling
Group School Counseling
School-Wide Programming
Parent Consultation and Referral
Teacher Coaching
Classroom Guidance Instruction and Education


Individual School Counseling
• Consists of two or more individual sessions with School Counselor
• Sessions are 20 minutes to 1 hour in length
• A confidential relationship
• Support for students who are struggling emotionally, personally, or socially


Group School Counseling 
• Consists of three or more students who struggle with the same concern that may benefit from learning from others within a group.
• May last from 20 minutes to 1 hour in length.
• Examples of group counseling topics may include: study and organizational skills, self-esteem, grief, divorce, relationship and friendship skills.


School-Wide Programming
• The School Counselor collaborates with the Ratner staff, parents, and students to implement school-wide programs that benefit the Ratner community as a whole, to foster a climate that promotes Ratner’s core values.


Parent Consultation, Support, and Referrals
• The School Counselor is an advocate for the parent and for the school, to help and support parents whose children may have Learning Plans, IEPS, or are in need of extra assistance, strategies, and interventions to support their child at school. The School Counselor collaborates with other school and community professionals to design strategies to enhance student development. If your child needs further support, the School Counselor has additional resources to refer you to.


Teacher Coaching
• The School Counselor supports teachers who have students that may struggle academically, emotionally, behaviorally, or socially.


Classroom Guidance Instruction and Education
• Classroom-wide instruction to instill and teach the children Ratner’s core values, to help them to further contribute to the school-wide community.