• Mission Statement:

     The FRES counseling program is an integral part of the total educational program for all children in grades 3-5.  The Counseling program is staffed with professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. The mental health staff provides a proactive leadership role that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success. Our mission aligns with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement and social /emotional development of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century.

    Guiding Principles:

    -        French Road School Counseling program serves all students in grades 3-5

    -          French Road School Counseling program is comprehensive in scope, developmental in nature, and proactive in design.

    -          French Road School Counseling program support personal/social development to assist students in acquiring knowledge and skills for success in the real world.

    -          French Road School Counseling program has a delivery system which includes *Primary Project Program, individual and group counseling, responsive services and a support/consultation system.

    -          French Road Elementary School Counseling program is most effective when delivered in collaboration and partnership with students, families, community members, educators and administrators and other school staff.


    -          Counselors are certified professional educators and mental health providers with unique skills who believe that ongoing professional development is essential.

    If your child is experiencing emotional difficulty, he/she may be seen by a mental health specialist. A social worker, psychologist and counselor are also available to assist families and children. If you feel that your child is in need of any special services please call the Principal/Vice Principal to discuss the appropriate action to take.

    To reach the Counseling Dept. call: #585-242-5140, then dial the appropriate extension

    Tara O'Brien, Social Worker: ext. 2527            

    Marguerite Opett, School Counselor: ext. 2526              

    Sherry Volinsky, Primary Project Associate*



    *Primary Project is a program of the Children’s Institute, University of Rochester. 

    PMHP is a program designed to supplement the educational experience and personal development of our students. The program helps students (K-3) adjust to school, gain confidence and focus on learning. A highly trained adult (Child Associate), provides support and encouragement for 30 minutes per cycle which helps children function more effectively and become successful learners.

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