There are two School Counselors at SES to support the needs of our students in three main areas:
- Academic support (schedule needs, registration, interventions, credit tracking and planning, etc.)
- Social / emotional support (counseling check-ins, conflict resolution, crisis support, mental health resources and referrals, etc.)
- Career / college support (college application support, career and college exploration, etc.)
If students have questions in regards to any of the areas above they should reach out to the primary point of contact for their grade as noted below.
This page contains information that is helpful for all students throughout the school year. However, some information from the school counselors varies depending on the time of year. This includes information on:
- College Visits at SES
- Scholarship Opportunities
- College Fairs and other Informational Events
- Logistics for Standardized Testing
This information, which is updated regularly and can be found on the Counseling Corner Smore Page
At SES students have the ability to earn up to 24 credits/year with a full course load:
- House (3 credits per trimester)
- Earth/Sky or Career Development courses (4 credits per trimester)
- Intensive Theme (1 credit per trimester)
- Study Hall available each trimester
- 90 minutes every other day
- Supervised by the student's house teachers
- P/NC option for up to 1 class / trimester (more information below)
- Intensive Theme / Field Study options for Phy Ed / Wellness credits
- Teachers are available and very willing to provide support to students
- Before school (7:15 - 7:35)
- After school (2:15-3:15) - except on Tuesdays when we have building-wide staff meetings
- Remember: It is ALWAYS best to pre-arrange time for support to ensure teacher availability.
- Cultural Family Advocates are available to connect with students and families
District 196 Resources/Supports
- Credit recovery through the student's home high school - after school
- Credit recovery through Adult Basic Education (ABE) - afternoons and evenings
- Homework Help at Dakota County libraries (no appointment required)
- Burnhaven Library (Burnsville) - Wednesdays 5-7p
- Galaxie Library (Apple Valley) - Tuesdays 5-7p
- Wentworth Library (West St. Paul) - Tuesdays 5-7p
- Free online live tutoring every day from 1:00 - 11:00p through Brainfuse Homework Help Now in English and Spanish for all subjects
- Accessing your student library card with your SES ID - instructional video
- All high school students in District 196 can sign-up for one class as P/NC per trimester.
- If a student earns at least 60% and/or completes essential learnings as outlined by the instructor, they will earn credit towards graduation, but instead of a letter grade a "P" will be on their transcript, which does NOT affect the calculation of their GPA.
- If a student is NOT able to earn 60% and/or show understanding of essential learnings as outlined by the instructor, they will NOT earn credit towards graduation, but instead of an "F" an "NC" will be on their transcript, which does NOT affect the calculation of their GPA.
- Students must complete a Google Form and indicate which parent/guardian approves this option.
- The Google Form can be requested through the teacher or school counselor and must be filled out by the dates below.
- Trimester 1: M, October 16
- Trimester 2: M, January 29
- Trimester 3: M, April 15
If you are a prospective Division I/II college athlete, please check in with your counselor, as this could have college implications.