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The vision of the Taft Middle School counseling program is that all students possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to attain the highest levels of academic success. Our students demonstrate strong character and are responsible, respectful and honest. Students from Taft Middle School are ready to assume their future roles as lifelong learners.


The school counseling program at Taft Middle School delivers a comprehensive, data-informed program that helps all students, regardless of background or individual circumstances, to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for academic success, career exploration and social/emotional development to become productive members of society. Students are encouraged to pursue academic rigor and inspired to be academically and behaviorally successful, self-motivated and respectful members of their community.


  • Academic support
  • Bully prevention
  • Conflict and bullying resolution
  • Crisis response services
  • Parent/teacher conferences
  • Peer mediation
  • Personal, social, and emotional support
  • Referrals to outside agencies
  • Scheduling and registration
  • Small groups
  • Sandtray Therapy


Students disclosure in the counseling office is confidential and private information unless a student reports:

  1. Harm to self
  2. Harm to others
  3. Student is being harmed or neglected by someone else

Contact Information

  • Cynthia Schaller

    Phone: (505) 344-4389 ext. 54845


Crisis Lines


  • Complete Middle School Life Skills Curriculum
  • Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents.
  • The Jason Foundation “A Promise for Tomorrow” Youth Curriculum Unit
  • Next Step Plans

Focus on Success

  • Have a positive attitude
  • Attendance Matters
  • Be on time to class
  • Do not leave early
  • Come prepared to learn
  • Dress for success
  • Respect your teachers, peers, and substitutes
  • Wear your student ID everyday