St. Petersburg Christian School has a commitment to the welfare of the whole child, which includes his or her spiritual, social and emotional well-being. Guidance is available to assist students through the unexpected events of their young lives and to provide leadership with programs that will help them navigate successfully through the formative years. Referrals are initiated upon request of the student, a parent, or a teacher.
Each homeroom, K-8, is visited by a guidance counselor monthly. Subjects that are presented help to raise awareness on spiritual and social issues that can affect the school environment. A few of the social topics that are generally covered are as follows: the effects of bullying, the dangers of drugs, healthy ways to cope with anxiety and depression, and appropriate ways to handle conflict. Spiritual topics that are generally covered are as follows: sharing your faith, helping others, and giving to those in need, persevering, and showing agape love. They are expounded upon in chapel messages and bible classes through aligned scripture verses, stories, videos, songs, and interactive activities.
Groups are formed on an “as needed” basis. Topics range from grief from a death to making friends. So as to not disrupt classroom instruction, groups meet at the close of the school day, during lunch, or during recess.