Student Support Services
In the modern world of education, how you teach a child can be as important as what you teach a child. The Support Staff at Parish is dedicated to assisting the teachers as they provide an enriched and vigorous curriculum in a warm and nurturing environment. Parish values the uniqueness of each of our students, and we realize the important and influential impact we have in their day-to-day lives. Through a team approach, we provide the optimal resources for students to develop academically, emotionally and socially.
ParishLab is a resource for students to explore their learning styles, develop their strengths and practice study skills through application and exploration. This class is available for 3rd-12th grade. It is best described via skill levels as opposed to classification by grade or age. Students move with a natural fluidity through the levels as they gain, and sometimes lose and re-gain, the necessary tools to forge the foundation for their academic success. The essential goals of ParishLab, at all levels, include enhancement of study skills, self-advocacy and organizational focus. Parents may log in to myParish parent portal and find detailed information about ParishLab and the fee schedule under Parent Resources.
At Parish, we appreciate that students learn differently and at times may require an additional academic resource to help with the process. ParishLink can assist families by connecting parents and students to qualified, fully screened academic coaches. The Director of ParishLink works together with each student, his or her family, the academic coach and the Parish faculty to ensure that a communication link exists to fully support student progress and success.
If you are interested in whether or not your child is eligible to receive tutoring on campus through ParishLink, your division’s Learning Specialist and the Director of ParishLink will guide you through the available options and process.
Director of ParishLink (PreK - 12th grade)
Lesley University - B.S. and M.A.
The purpose of the academic assistance program at Parish is to ensure that each individual student’s learning needs are addressed to help meet the unique and vigorous challenges of the Parish curriculum with success and a sense of competence. Academic assistance is available to any student who is having academic difficulty at Parish, with a particular focus on identifying and serving students with learning differences.
Qualified Parish Learning Specialists are available to address and make recommendations for individual learning needs to help students meet the academic challenges of the School's curriculum and better succeed in school.
Lower School Learning Specialist (PreK - 4th grade)
University of Wyoming - B.A.
University of Texas at Austin - M.A.
Middle School Learning Specialist (5th - 8th grade)
University of Northern Colorado - B.S.
Dr. Lynda Csaszar
Upper School Learning Specialist (9th - 12th grade)
Baylor University - B.A.
Texas Woman's University - M.Ed. and Ph.D.
In some instances the Learning Specialist will need to investigate a student’s academic challenges through a more detailed process, which may include student observation, teacher input, parent input and/or screening instruments. When the results indicate a need for additional intervention, the Learning Specialist will provide recommendations for outside services that may include academic coaches (in collaboration with ParishLink), diagnosticians or other professionals.
Students with diagnosed learning differences may qualify for accommodations in their academic program. Once the outside evaluation is recieved, the Learning Specialist will write and implement an Individual Accomodation Plan (IAP), and monitor the student's progress as appropriate.
*All students, including students diagnosed with a learning difference, must meet the same requirements for admission and promotion at Parish Episcopal School.
Counseling services are provided in each of our three divisions (Lower School, Middle School and Upper School) by a full-time licensed counselor specific to the division. Counselors are available to students, parents, faculty and staff to offer support and guidance.
The counselor in each division provides personal counseling to individuals, serves as a resource for social and emotional concerns, conducts classes and/or small groups, provides parent education and makes referrals to off-campus professionals and agencies.
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Elaine Charles, M.A., L.P.C.
Lower & Middle School Counselor
Dallas Theological Seminary – M.A.
College of Charleston – B.S.
Michelle Murray, Ph.D.
Upper School Counselor
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas – Ph.D.
Southern Methodist University – B.A.
All Middle and Upper School students are assigned to a grade-specific advisory.
A goal of the advisory program is to ensure that students have a substantial, meaningful connection to a faculty member. The strength of the relationship between students and faculty is one of the hallmarks of the Parish experience, differentiating our school from many others.
Advisories meet on a daily basis for 20 minutes to discuss upcoming events, student life and academic planning. Advisors tend to the individual emotional, developmental and educational needs of each student in their advisories, as well as serve as liaisons and resources for parents.