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Ferndale Area Elementary School has developed and implemented a developmental guidance program. Our developmental guidance program is a comprehensive, balanced, and sequential plan that is based on the results of a building-wide needs assessment regarding the students in the Ferndale Area Elementary School. A needs assessment reviews the social, personal, academic, and career needs of students in our school. Programming is then directed to meet the needs in each grade level as well as the National Standards for School Counseling Programs. Teachers, counselor, and the principal then develop class activities and counseling initiatives. Home visits are conducted to assist in meeting the needs of children and families in the Ferndale Area School District. Our guidance department also collaborates with local agencies to work with students who need intensive interventions through programs or counseling outside of the school setting.


Components of the Elementary Counseling Program

    • Classroom guidance lessons are presented in all classrooms, Grades K-6
    • Career Awareness activities in all grades K4-6
    • Individual & group counseling as needed
    • Referrals to community agencies/services as needed
    • Participates in ESAP
    • Participates in Family Support Team
    • Consulting with teachers, administration, outside agencies and parents to address behavioral, academic and emotional needs 


Classroom Lessons include, but are not limited to the following topics…

    • Friendship
    • Kindness
    • Personal Space
    • Career Awareness
    • Respect
    • Cooperation/Teamwork
    • Decision Making 
    • Peer Pressure
    • Tattling


Programs Offered

    • Good Touch/Bad Touch - Grades K4, Kindergarten, 1 and 2
    • Cyberbullying - Grades 3-6
    • Too Good for Drugs presented by the Learning Lamp - Grades 3-5
    • Kids Don’t Gamble...Wanna Bet? Gambling Prevention Program presented by the Learning Lamp - Grade 6
    • Botvin Life Skills Program presented by ACRP - Grade 6
    • Scheduling/Orientation to the Jr/Sr High School presented by School Counselor - Grade 6




Academic Supports

Online Tutoring, Homework Help and Test Prep in Math, Science, English and Social Studies - for Families - At, you get a professional online tutor whenever you need help. You work one-to-one with your tutor in our online classroom on your specific homework problem until it's done. - is tutoring the way it was meant to be. You get an expert tutor whenever you need help, and you work one-to-one with your tutor in our online classroom on your specific problem until it's done. You never need to make an appointment—or even leave the house!

PA Career Standards


Andrea Sheesley - Regional Homeless Coordinator, ARIN Intermediate Unit #28

Telephone:  724-463-5300 ext. 1235



Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA)


Bullying Resources

Stop Bullying - Great Site for bullying prevention, facts, information, and webisodes for the students. The website has been relaunched and revitalized. Please check out the information at the link provided.


Surviving Bullies Project | Surviving Bullies Project - Officially, we are the Surviving Bullies Project, a "grassroots effort dedicated to helping targets of bullying, their family, friends and community."


Career Resources

Career Exploration Guides and Resources for Younger Students - Contributing to a greater awareness of the Vocational /Career and Technical education system. Creating a central location for Career and Technical Education resources for students and educational professionals.

CareerShip - An Online Career Exploration Adventure. Your mission is to fuel your Career Ship by learning about careers.

Jump$ | Home - Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making.

My Future - Sure the future can be a little overwhelming, but that's why you're here, to get the information you need to make smart choices, and get excited about all the possibilities.

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Elementary Guidance Counselor


Molly Steiner

100 Dartmouth Avenue 

Johnstown, PA 15905

Phone 814-535-6724 ext. 237

Fax 536-6506