Students at Metro Prep frequently experience emotional issues, which interfere with their education progress. In order to address these issues, our staff utilizes a combination of individual, group and family counseling. Each student is assigned an individual counselor upon enrollment. The abilities and experiences of our counselors are considered when they are matched to new students. Students in grades K-6 meet individually with their counselor at least twice a week. In order to promote emotional growth, students in grades 7 and 8 meet with their counselor at least once a week.
Students participate in daily group counseling sessions with their peers. In this safe, confidential setting, students may discuss topics which are relevant to their personal growth and development. Counselors will also address socialization, social skills and peer relationships. In the past, group topics have included: weekend events, music, health and hygiene, problem solving, anger management, social skills and self-esteem. While focusing on the individual and emotional health of our students, we believe that they will become functioning and productive members of our community at large.
Family counseling is available on a weekly basis. This optional aspect of our program is encouraged in order to promote communication between the school and home. Metro Prep believes that strong parental involvement helps to promote both educational and therapeutic success. Metro Prep also has a consulting psychiatrist on staff to provide consultation for medication or further medical evaluation and treatment.
Extended School Year
During the summer our schedule is altered to 4 early dismissal days and one full day. On the full day, students who are eligible, participate in off-campus field trips. These activities are planned to foster teamwork, cooperation, identity, and self-esteem. Other field trips are planned to augment the lightened academic schedule, making the summer more fun! These trips have included local museums, water parks and Chicago landmarks.
During the summer, our academic team strives to combine solid, continued instruction in basic content areas with “hands-on” projects in the arts and humanities. These courses have included: gardening, cooking, home economics, art appreciation and current events.
Because of its importance, therapy continues uninterrupted during the summer.