West Ada School District Counseling Services

  • School counselors are vital members of the education team found in each West Ada school building. Through the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program, school counselors assist all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development. School counselors provide short-term individual counseling, group counseling, and guidance curriculum lessons. School counselors serve as 504 case-managers. They also serve as a student advocate on a variety of teams and committees. School counselors and district social workers help connect students and their families to a variety of community resources. Each school counselor or school social worker has a Pupil Personnel Certificate from the Idaho State Department of Education. The minimum education requirement for this certificate is a master’s degree in school counseling or social work.

    Each elementary, middle, and high school is staffed with school counselors to help your student be academically successful. At traditional middle schools school counselors are assigned to a grade level of students. At the high schools the core (academic) school counselors are assigned to a portion of the alphabet. Career/College Counselors are also available to assist high school students. Each high school also has a part-time Drug Prevention Counselor. District social workers assist families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness by connecting them to a variety of school and community resources. 

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    School Counseling and Social Work Supervisors:
    Jeanne Buschine (Supervisor)
    • Work Number: (208) 350-5043   
    • Email: buschine.jeanne@westada.org
    Dawn Tolan (Coordinator)
    • Work Number: (208) 350-5173
    • Email: tolan.dawn@westada.org