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The Great Valley Middle School counseling team supports middle school students with a focus on learning basic life skills including, but not limited to, topics related to bullying/harassment/respect, basic social skills, friendship skills, problem solving skills, conflict resolution skills, positive thinking/persevering/self-esteem, appreciating differences and diversity, and decision making.

In addition to one-on-one support, counselors may offer small groups that focus on friendship and stress management and provide a safe space for students to interact and connect with the counselor and each other. Families who are interested in a group for their child may contact the counseling department. Counselors may also invite students to participate in a group.

As students transition into GVMS and then again into GVHS, the counseling team provides information and resources to support the move for both the student and their family. 

Dates of transition activities are included on the middle school calendar. 

Important Dates to Note: 

  • 5th to 6th Grade Transition:
    • August: 6th grade schedules are released; MS open for student walk-through; 6th grade orientation
  • 8th to 9th Grade Transition:
    • February: Grade 8 -11 course selection orientation for parents
    • February/March: course selection completed online
    • Summer: HS orientation program

Our Counselors

Elidari Dietz


Jennifer Illig


Craig Riley


The Role of the MS Counselor

This resource from the American School Counseling Association provides helpful information to understand the role of the middle school counselor. 

A Word about Bullying


Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

If you are concerned that a student is being bullied or harassed, or is bullying or harassing someone else, please consider submitting a Harassement/Bullying Incident Report.  We will then explore and address your concern. 



Educational Support Services - Supporting Mental Health and Wellness

Great Valley is committed to supporting the growth and development of the whole child. We aim to provide safe and supportive schools where the school culture celebrates our diverse community and healthy social and emotional development. Our mental health specialists, school social workers and school psychologists are available to provide more focused support for students as well as assess students for safety.