Student Services

The primary focus of the CDS Student Services department is to support every student's growth, by attending to their present and future learning needs (academic and career development) and providing individual support for their emotional and social development.

We achieve this goal by providing a safe and nurturing environment for all students and working closely with teachers and parents to customize learning activities and support students in and out of the classroom; this ensures a highly integrated approach to student support.

The department is committed to ongoing professional development to ensure best practices in counselling and in the classroom.

We are fortunate to have Mr. David Huckvale, Director of Admissions and University Placement, and Mrs. Darby Moreau, Admission and University Placement Coordinator, who work with students on planning for their post-secondary future. We work collaboratively with them to ensure that students ultimately find the best fit for their future. Click to see more details on University Placement.
Our counsellors are committed to helping students find the support they need so they are best able to achieve both personal and academic goals.

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Personal support

    Counsellors can offer students the opportunity to explore, understand and work through personal issues such as:

    • Conflict resolution (teacher, parent, friends, etc.)
    • Grief, loss and trauma
    • Family and relationship problems
    • Motivation, perfectionism
    • Sexuality
    • Anxiety, stress, depression and anger
    • Self-esteem
    • Catching up after an extended illness, injury or emotional circumstance
  • Academic support

    Counsellors/Learning Strategists are also able to support students with  academic needs such as:

    • Time management techniques and prioritizing activities
    • Organization
    • Study and test taking skills
    • Exam Preparation
    • Course Selection
    • Community Service requirements
    • Implementation of Educational Assessment recommendations
    • Enrichment Opportunities and Summer Programs
    • Career Development (through the Gr. 10 Career Studies Class)
  • Learning initiatives

    Our department offers a variety of initiatives to support student learning. These include:
    • Peer Tutoring
    • Gr. 7 & 8 Learning Strategies Classes
    • Special Education Accommodations for students who have undergone psycho-educational testing
    • Binder Bootcamp (Organizational and Homework support club)
    • Learning Strategist support in classrooms

    In addition to programs and support offered for all students, our Counsellors/Learning Strategists have several community contacts and may help refer you to appropriate professionals (tutors, therapists, psychologists, etc.).
Each student is assigned a guidance counsellor. This information is located at the top of their timetable or students and parents should feel free to contact Mrs. Huckvale, Administrative Assistant in Student Services, to find out to whom they should address any questions.

Some students seek our support daily, some weekly and others choose only to seek us out during stressful times. There are also many students who choose to navigate their time in the School independently, but we are happy to offer any assistance needed.

Our counsellors are committed to helping students find the support they need so they are best able to achieve both personal and academic goals. We believe that it is important that students learn how to be their own advocates, and we will work with them to develop this lifelong skill.


Meet the Team

List of 7 members.

  • Ms. Susan Scott 

    Deputy Head of School, Director of Student Services
    x 231
    Bio
  • Mrs. Catherine Ferguson 

    Student Services
    x 344
    Bio
  • Ms. Alanna Houston 

    Mathematics Faculty, Student Services
    x837
  • Mrs. Maria Huckvale 

    Assistant to the Assistant Head of Senior School and Student Services Department
    x 321
  • Ms. Krista Koekkoek 

    Director of Student Life, Head of Middle/Senior Learning Support
    x 283
    Bio
  • Ms. Courtney Kroen 

    Student Services Teacher
    x 308
    Bio
  • Mr. Owen Smith 

    Student Services, Physical Education Faculty
    x 820
    Bio

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5
(905) 833-1220
communications@cds.on.ca
admissions@cds.on.ca
Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.