• Welcome to the Guidance Department at Riverdale Elementary School

    School Counselor
    William H. Whitehurst

      The mission of the Guidance and Counseling Program of Southampton County Schools is to collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, and other school and community stakeholders to provide educational, social, and cultural experiences which will enable students to mentally, physically, emotionally and socially develop to their maximum potential.
      Our role is to offer a comprehensive counseling program that addresses all students' academic, career, and personal/social development needs. The professional school counselor:
    • Supports a safe learning environment and works to safeguard human rights of all members of the school community.
    • Collaborates with other stakeholders to promote student achievement and addresses the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs.
      Southampton County Public Schools' philosophy is that guidance and counseling is an essential and integral part of our district's instructional program. We understand that guidance and counseloing is vital for our students to achieve personalized, relevant learning and to develop meaningful educational plans while in school and beyond. We believe that the academic, career, personal/social, and community involvement skills and knowledge that students need for success in schools and in life are attainable when guidance and counseling is provided in a consistent and developmental way for each and every student. We acknowledge that guidance and counseling is not a service offered by one person or department but a program coordinated with all educators in a building and articulated between buildings. We recognize that the program includes parents and other stakeholders in the community and content must be integrated into the curriculum.
      With this in mind, all members of Riverdale Elementary School will strive to provide the best services and information possible in order to promote the future success of our students.