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The Gordon School

Student and family services

School counselor

Dr. Olivia Ordoñez is Gordon's full-time counselor, working collaboratively with students, families, faculty and staff, as well as a consulting psychologist, to support the social and emotional wellbeing of students across all grades.

Ages and Stages

These informal, discussion-based meetings are led by the school counselor and division director with a focus on the developmental stages that children experience at each grade level. Meetings are held by grade level, and they are an opportunity for families to strengthen their connection with the division directors and with the families of their child’s peers.

Academic support

A Director of Student Services partners with faculty and administrators to help ensure every student gets the support they need to thrive at Gordon. Literacy and math specialists work closely with students beginning in Kindergarten, and time for support is built into the daily schedule.

Learn more about the Pathways Program, an intensive early intervention program designed to help Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade children acquire early literacy skills.

Canine comfort

Denver the therapy dog provides daily on-campus support: easing anxiety, helping students learn to read, and making hard conversations easier simply with his presence. 

Denver’s career began with eighteen months of training in Colorado and Tennessee before being matched with his owner, a rising Gordon third grader, in 2019. After two years as a diabetes alert dog, Denver expanded his services to all students and staff as an on-campus support animal. In his free time, Denver loves to play fetch and is always up for a good game of tug-of-war. 

See Denver’s moment in the spotlight on the local news.