Ms. Lisa Steiner, School Counselor 

    (610) 593-4608,Ext. 4530

    Octorara School District's Counseling Mission Statement:

    The mission of the Octorara Area School District School Counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic career, and personal/social development of all students. School Counselors strive to empower students to maximize their potential and academic achievement. In partnership with other educators, parents, and community members, school counselors support the educational system to ensure all students in the Octorara Area School District are prepared with the knowledge and skills needed to function in a changing society.


    What do we do here in the OIS counseling department?


    The intermediate counseling program is designed to provide the support, skills and information necessary for students to achieve academic, career and personal/social success. The program strives to promote and enhance student achievement by delivering prevention, intervention and referral services in collaboration with students, staff, parents and the community.



    Classroom Guidance Lessons                 Consultation with Staff & Parents

    Coordinate Family Support Services        New Student Orientation

    Individual Student Support                       Small Group Counseling

    Crisis Response Counseling                    Community Resource Information

    Student Scheduling                                  PSSA Testing Coordination

    Parent Conferences                                 Back to School Night

    Career Exploration                                   Red Ribbon Week

    Student Observations                              District Committee Involvement

    Holiday Support Program                        


     Chester County Resources


    Mental Health Treatment Providers:

    Valley Creek Crisis Intervention (24 hrs/7days): 610-918-2100 0r 1-877-918-2100

    Child Guidance Resource Center (Children Only): 610-383-5635

    Human Services (children): 610-873-1010

    Holcomb Behavioral Health: 610-363-1488 or 610-388-7400
    Behavioral Health Resources in Lancaster County: Lancaster County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
    CHESCO Life Program (Family support services): 484-348-6392 or www.acessservices.org

    Chester County Department of Human Services: www.referweb.net/chesco

    Gap Family Resource & Counseling Center: 717-422-9577 or 717-285-4843 or www.fracc.org

    Crisis Resources:

    Valley Creek Crisis Center: 610-918-2100 or 877-918-2100 (Chester County residents)

    Lancaster County Crisis Intervention Services: 717-394-2631 (Lancaster County residents)

    Domestic Violence Center of Chester County: 1-888-711-6270 or www.dvccc.com
    Medical Insurance Assistance: 

    Medical Insurance Assistance: CHIP (PA Children’s Health Insurance): 1-800-986-5437 or www.chipcoverspakids.com

    PA Health Law Project: 1-800-274-3258

    COMPASS (Apply online for health and human services): https://www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/public/cmphome

    What can I do to help my child to prepare for PSSA testing?

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    The Octorara Intermediate School Counseling Department provides a comprehensive counseling program to all fifth and sixth grade students. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Steiner with any questions or concerns you may have.