Student Support Services

As part of our School mission to educate the whole child, Head-Royce seeks to develop physically healthy and socially and emotionally aware learners who understand and advocate for themselves and others. Our School community is enriched by the diversity of thinkers and learners who add their talent to our educational setting each day. Recognizing that the concept of wellness is part of a broader systemic thinking, we seek to instill in students an understanding of the many components of wellness and learning that lead to a balanced school experience.

Student Support Services comprises a collaborative team of learning specialists, counselors, and school nurses who foster the development of academic, physical, and social emotional well-being of our students. This collaborative team works together with the staff to provide a supportive learning environment, positive social skill development, emotional balance, and good health.

Counseling Support

Head-Royce has professionally trained counselors on staff in each division who conduct classroom lessons and observations; support the implementation and integration of social-emotional learning, self-regulation, and conflict resolution; and collaborate with other support professionals, teaching staff, administrators, and parents in support of our student body. They are also available at times to meet with students individually or in groups for short-term counseling.

Learning Support

At Head-Royce, our goal is that students experience academic success and build confidence as active and engaged learners. The School collaborates with families in an effort to foster a positive academic experience for all students from kindergarten through senior year. We recognize that students with diagnosed learning disabilities may need extra support in designated areas. While we expect all students to meet the School's academic standards, we strive to work with students with learning differences so that they have a fair and reasonable opportunity to develop a lifelong love for learning. Head-Royce Learning Specialists in each division work closely with classroom teachers to implement strategies or specific accommodations for students with learning differences. Our support services change slightly by division as developmentally and cognitively appropriate within our School mission. Note: our School does not specialize in remediating learning differences and is not equipped to support the full range of learners.

In order to qualify for accommodations, a qualifying evaluation with a diagnosis must be submitted and approved by each division.

Please click here for more information and review the criteria for documentation of a learning difference.

Health Services Support

The mission of Health Services is to protect, support, and improve the health status of students within the school setting. Parents can help by communicating any any health related barriers, which may affect their children's ability to learn, to the school nurse. Often times, this is accomplished by working together with the student, their family, physician, teachers, and the School support staff.

Some of the services provided by the Health Office include administering medication administration, first aid and emergency procedures, ensuring immunization compliance, coordinating scoliosis screenings and flu vaccine clinics on site, providing care and management for specialized health care procedures, coordinating care with physicians and families for special medical needs at School, and updating health policies and protocols as needed.


Rosemary Durousseau
Lower School Counselor
(510) 531-1300 x2285


Kristi Farnham Thompson
Lower School Learning Specialist
(510) 531-1300 x2236


Suzy Klein
Middle School Counselor
(510) 531-1300 x2335


Sabina Aurilio
Middle School Learning Specialist
(510) 531-1300 x2431


Rachel Concannon
Upper School Counselor
(510) 531-1300 x2212


Peytra Redfield
Upper School Learning Specialist

(510) 531-1300 x2129


Jodi Biskup
School Nurse
(510) 531-1300 x2470


Amy Goldfarb
School Nurse
(510) 531-1300 x2470

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