Child Development Center

Vision: The Child Development Center’s dynamic and proactive program facilitates the psychosocial development of responsible and lifelong learners committed to the values of service, justice and faith.
Mission: In partnership with teachers, parents, and other professionals, the Child Development Center’s competent and professional team is committed to guide all students towards reaching their potentials by providing guidance services in a nurturing environment.
I.             COUNSELING
The counselor journeys with the students and empower them to deal with their specific concerns.  It is a personal encounter between counselor and students that aims to draw out the students’ inner strength and regain their freedom to fully function as individuals.  This is done in collaboration with the students’ teachers, parents and other significant persons.
The counselor facilitates a small group activity that serves as springboard for personal sharing or stimulates an interaction among the students in the group.  Students are called individually to share and talk with the counselor.  This session facilitates rapport-building between students and counselor.  It gives the counselor the opportunity to get to know all her students on a more personal level.  On the other hand, it allows every student the chance to share about himself and be listened to. Routine interview provides a venue for students’ self-expression and self-knowledge.  It can also lead to counseling.  
III.           TESTING
Standardized tests are administered to students to assess any of the following:
a.  school readiness
b.  scholastic ability
c.  academic achievement
d.  personality
Individual interpretation reports are given to parents for their information and guidance.  Copies of individual results are given to the respective grade level teachers and class profiles are discussed with them for guidance and appropriate interventions.  Counselors are also provided with copies of the individual results and class profiles for better monitoring of students.
Testing is also conducted to transferee applicants, Magis candidates and teacher applicants.  The test results are forwarded to the concerned office/s for reference and consideration.
Formation is a once-a-week non-graded class conducted by the Formation teachers.  It adopts a psycho-spiritual approach that is based on the framework of Havighurst Developmental Tasks in the spirit of Ignatian formation.  It hopes to provide personal experiences that will make the students be in contact with their inner selves and, in so doing, unfold unto fullness of life.  Topics revolve around the self, family, friends and community and focus is given to the development of:
a.            wholesome attitudes towards oneself as a growing organism
b.            an appropriate sex role
c.             ability to get along with age-mates
d.            wholesome attitudes towards social groups and institutions
e.            concepts necessary for everyday living
All counselors conduct research, either individually or as a team.  Areas of study vary depending on the need of the office and/or the grade level. 
Researches done to explore students’ characteristics are presented to the grade level for teachers’ clearer understanding of their students.  Other research efforts are meant to further improve the CDC services.
                The CDC designs and conducts the AGSCOM Leadership Seminar for Middle School class officers.  It also organizes and facilitates mini-seminars for teachers with the aim of equipping them with basic listening and counseling skills.

The counselors orient the new students about Ateneo and the assistance that they can seek from people within the AGS community.  The session provides a venue where new students can freely express their thoughts and feelings about being in a new school.  It is also meant to explore possible adjustment concerns and address them accordingly. 
As part of CDC’s Information Service, written materials or articles are given to parents every quarter during the Parent-Teacher Conference. It provides additional knowledge on ways to manage children’s behaviors and/or improve parent-child relationship.  Teachers have access to the same articles for these are coursed through them.
 The CDC newsletter, called MOVE, is published and distributed to faculty and staff at the end of the school year.  It aims to let the AGS community know of how the Child Development Center “moved” throughout the school year.  It provides information about our students by featuring results of informal surveys conducted to them or sharing some of the works done in the Formation classes.  It also includes articles on managing students with varied nature of concerns.