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The mission of The Solomon Schechter School of Queens Guidance Counseling program is to empower all students to become responsible and productive members of society through the delivery of a proactive and comprehensive program that promotes the academic, social-emotional and career development of all students. The School Counselor addresses the need for students to acquire decision-making, conflict resolution and life awareness skills through the delivery of developmental classroom curricula, needs-based individual and group counseling, and school-wide programs that emphasize character development. The School Counselor collaborates with all members of the school community to enhance student awareness of the value of life-long learning and foster the well-being of all students.

The School Counselor provides support for students through individual and group interactions in which they work together on a problem or a topic of interest. Individual counseling meetings offer students a safe environment in which to freely explore ideas, feelings, and behaviors. School counselors build trusting relationships with students and always consider their actions in terms of the rights, integrity, and welfare of students and families.


“Elementary school years set the tone for developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for our children to become healthy, productive adults. With a comprehensive developmental counseling program, counselors work as a team with school, parents and community to create a caring atmosphere whereby children’s needs are met through prevention, early identification and intervention.”
American School Counselor Association

In other words…..There is clear connection between comprehensive guidance programs and school success. With a comprehensive guidance program, all students have the opportunity to learn how important they are and to learn the skills that will help them make the most of their education.
Dr. Rafi Kalman
Guidance (Early Childhood, Lower School, Middle School)
Guidance Counselor and School Psychologist
718-591-9800 ext. 307
Brandeis University - B.A.
Ferkauf School of Psychology - M.A.
Ferkauf School of Psychology - Psy.D

Prior to taking over the roles of School Psychologist and Guidance Counselor at SSSQ, Dr Kalman worked with children and adolescents for over 11 years. He believes his dual role cannot be done while sitting behind a desk but rather through constant engagement with students, teachers, and parents. He encourages parents and students to stop by his office or to stop him in the hallways to discuss any issues that may arise. If he is not there he is probably playing basketball with the middle school students in the gym. In addition to his responsibilities assisting students and their families with issues related to their current academic environment, he also assists in the high school application process. He looks forward to meeting and working together with you to ensure an optimal experience for your child.