BCIS has a school counselor available to support students at all grade levels. Mr. Aaron Allen provides services at the Elementary School, Ms. Jane Farrelly works in the Secondary School with students in Grades 6 to 8, and Mr. Anthony Carman supports Grades 9 through12.
At the Elementary School level, a great deal of emphasis is placed on helping students to develop strong friendship skills, to demonstrate respect toward themselves and others, to assist new students as they make their transition into BCIS, as well as, to help students understand and develop personally and socially. The goal of counseling, whether it be during an in-class lesson, individually or in a small group, is to work proactively with teachers, parents and students in an effort to support and encourage students as well as to strengthen student learning.
At the Secondary School level, support is aimed at further enhancing the personal and social skills developed in elementary school. Students are supported through pastoral teams, and the Counselor works collaboratively with teachers, parents and administrators to promote the social, emotional, behavioural and intellectual development of students. Counselling may be provided as in-class activities, as a small group or on an individual basis.
Proactive Counseling initiatives include providing support to new students, promoting their successful transition to Secondary School. It also includes a Pastoral Programme and Peer Mediation Programme, geared towards creating awareness, empathy and responsibility among learners as global citizens.
At the high school level (Grades 9-12), the Guidance and Counseling program is designed to support student's academic and psycho-social progress through the high school years and to guide students towards admission to an appropriate university and university course. This is accomplished through personal and group counseling, the University Admissions Program, academic advising, career advice and planning and working with the Learning Support teachers to ensure the best educational outcomes for all students.
The University Admissions Program operates from Grades 9 through 12 and involves working with students and families to identify skills, abilities, interests and personal values that direct course and career interests which in turn drive the university and college search. BCIS students graduate with the International Baccalaureate Diploma which provides access to prestigious universities and colleges worldwide. The University Admission Program is supported by the provision of an electronic university and college management system called Naviance Succeed. This software system can be accessed by students and families to add information as it develops, search for universities, track applications and responses and facilitate the timely sending of support documentation. Parents will be able to access certain sections of their child's file to see progress to date and participate more meaningfully in the application process.
The University Admission Program is further enhanced by the Career Development Program that runs through Grades 9 to 12. This is delivered through the Pastoral Care Program and is developed in Homerooms with the Homeroom teachers. The focus in Grade 9 is getting to know myself and expands outwards to an examination of possible career paths that match the self knowledge generated and revealed in the earlier sessions.