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K-12 Counseling at Westlake Academy


Lakshmi Morgan:

PYP Counselor lmorgan@westlakeacademy.org - 817-490-5771


Sara DeRaud

MYP Counselor sderaud@westlakeacademy.org - 817-490-5757, x5976


Anna Lisa Phillips:

Secondary Counselor lphillips@westlakeacademy.org 817-490-5773


Carl Tippen:

College Counselor ctippen@westlakeacademy.org - 817-490-5764


Kim Gardner:

Registrar kgardner@westlakeacademy.org - 817-490-5765


P3 Campus: TIP LINE


Mission Statement

The mission of the Westlake Academy Guidance & Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive program, which fosters academic success, college and career preparation, and social and emotional development. Through effective communication, Westlake Academy school counselors will consult and collaborate with students, parents, teachers, and members of the community to advocate on behalf of all students.  

The vision is to create a safe and nurturing environment where kindness abounds and all students feel supported and valued in their journey to become life long learners and global citizens.


Program overview

The role of the Westlake Academy Guidance and Counseling Department is to assist students in the areas of:

  • Academic Support
  • Personal/Social Development
  • College/Career Development

There are four components to the overall comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program at Westlake Academy. They are: Guidance Curriculum, Responsive Services, Individual Planning, and System Support. The responsibilities of each area are as follows:

  • Guidance Curriculum - Guidance lessons on a variety of topics; large-group consultations with students
  • Responsive Services - Individual counseling sessions as needed; parent consultations regarding individual student needs; coordination with outside referral sources
  • Individual Planning - Academic and career guidance; parent and student consultation regarding planning and goal-setting; interpretation and analysis of assessment instruments
  • System Support - Community outreach; parent education programs; teacher consultation, school improvement planning
Josh Ochs, leader in social media safety education, visited Westlake Academy in January 2019 and spoke to students and parents. See more information and access great resources on his website, smartsocial.com.


Chris Scheufele came to our campus in February 2019 and spoke to students about how to cope with bullying. His engagement with the students was evident across all programmes. See more on his website.