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Student Services

We are making education better for students in Catawba County by addressing barriers to learning and enhancing healthy development. 

Our Student Services professionals, such as school counselors, school social workers, and school nurses, provide services that remove barriers preveningt students from learning. Our department provides prevention, intervention, transition, and follow-up services for students and families.

Need help?

Our school counselors are ready to help! Our trained specialists can assist in the coordination of support services that you may need.

Please visit your school's website for your counselor's contact information.

We offer a variety of services for our students and families.

  • Academic advising
  • Career/post-secondary advising
  • Crisis counseling
  • Parent consultation and information
  • Referral to school/community resources and/or agencies
  • Dropout Prevention
  • College Night
  • Section 504 
  • Hospital/Homebound Program
  • Homeless Program

We are making education better for our students by ensuring the highest quality of education for every student - regardless of their different learning styles.

We offer many support services for our students, including MTSS and PBIS. We invite you to explore these valuable resources below.

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We are dedicated to making education better for all the students we serve - including more than 3,000 of our students who speak 30+ languages.

School counselors are an important part of our school family and provide valuable assistance and support to all students.  

Each school has at least one full-time counselor. The counselor is usually the point of contact when a parent has a concern about special services and needs their child might have. We also partner with community mental and behavioral health agencies that provide mental health services to address social, emotional, or behavioral needs. 

Our counseling program is built on three elements:

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We assist students in developing an understanding of themselves, knowing the rights and needs of others, resolving conflicts, setting personal goals and reflecting on their interests, abilities and aptitudes.

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We help to prepare students for life after school by exploring their personal interests and talents while providing information about careers, apprenticeships and post-secondary education.

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We help students and their parents acquire knowledge of school curricular choices, plan the best program of study and seek post-secondary academic opportunities.

Our school counselors provide these services by:

  • Meeting with individuals or small groups of students to work out problems and address concerns.

  • Consulting with parents, faculty, staff, and community agencies in order to best meet the needs of all students

  • Conducting classroom guidance lessons to provide students with information relevant to their needs and concerns. These lessons could include topics such as study skills, self-esteem building, career exploration, future educational planning, etc.

  • Meeting with small groups of students to meet the needs of a specific population. Such groups may involve students who are dealing with issues such as grief, divorce within the family, friendship difficulties, anger management, etc.

Our School Social Workers play a vital role in maintaining our students’ academic, social and emotional health. 

In addition to developing and implementing strategies to eliminate barriers to student learning and achievement, our social workers assist students with: improving interpersonal relationships, coping with crisis situations, developing problem solving skills, improving attendance, and building self-esteem and self-reliance. They strive for early intervention and are there to support positive behavioral interventions. 

Linking our families to resources in our community is just one of the many ways we can help. 

Please click on the buttons below to find community resources that may help.

District Contact

Maria Ballard

Director, Student Services

p. 828.464.8333


Beverly McClure

Administrative Assistant

p. 828.464.8333



You can request your transcript online.


For questions, please contact:

Rose Humphrey
Receptionist/Student Records p. 828.464.8333