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School Counseling

School Counseling Department Phone: (860) 870-6072

New school Registrations and Magnet School Verifications: call 860-896-4688

Registration for all schools are processed through the Family School and Community Partnerships Department located at Central Office




If your child is going to be absent for an extended time please make sure to contact the main office in addition to Team Teachers and Guidance. Homework requests for extended absences must go through Guidance.


For information about credit recovery Summer School please go to:

Vernon Summer Learning Program


Vernon Center Middle School
777 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, CT 06066
Phone: (860) 870 – 6072
Fax: (860) 870 – 6357



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Mission Of The Department: The Vernon Center Middle School Counseling Department strives to accomplish the Vernon Center Middle School Mission Statement. The ideals embodied in the school's mission statement are shared by the counseling department and therefore serves as the mission for the counseling department. Noting this, the VCMS Counseling Department is "committed to provide an atmosphere and program that offer students sound academic, social, artistic, and emotional growth and transition from elementary school to high school. We are devoted to helping every student achieve his/her maximum individual potential recognizing that this goal requires the collective best efforts of the staff, the student, the parent, and the community at large. We encourage students to cultivate a respect for themselves and others and to make positive personal choices and decisions."

In addition to the school counseling department, we have two full-time School Social Workers and one full-time School Psychologist at the middle school to assist students in need. School Social Workers and the School Psychologist meet with students individually, offer a variety of counseling and social skills groups, as well as conduct Functional Behavior Assessments and special education evaluations. They are also available to speak with families about community resources and offer support regarding temporary or long-term stressors families may be experiencing.

Career Information

Connecticut Career Pathways Website Links

  • Connecticut State Department of Education Links and Publications relating to careers.Career & Technical Education Programs
  • Check out the 16 career clusters and see which one might fit you best!Information on Career Clusters
  • CT Department of Labor website that provides economic and workplace information.Labor Market Information
  • Information regarding workplace standards, regulations, and laws. This site includes acceptable and prohibited jobs for teens, as well as information on minimum wage in the state of Connecticut.Connecticut Department of Labor Website
  • An online dictionary of hundreds of occupations found in the United States. Get information on the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects,what workers do on the job, and working conditions. Occupational Outlook Handbook - Bureau of Labor and Statistics
  • Right now, college probably seems like a million miles away. But really, middle school is the best time to start making plans for what happens in and after high school. Relax – you don't have to make any big decisions yet. But the sooner you start thinking about what you're interested in doing, the easier your choices will be later on. Get started by learning about your high school graduation requirements or the options offered by Connecticut's Technical and Agricultural Science and Technology high schools. Connecticut Know How 2 Go - College Readiness


Rockville High School:  https://www.vernonpublicschools.org/rockville-high-school-home

RHS Vo-Ag Program: https://www.vernonpublicschools.org/rockville-high-school-home/academics/agriculture-science-and-technology-education

CT Technical Education and Career System:  https://www.cttech.org/

The Connecticut Education and Career System is the largest high school system in the state of Connecticut; it includes 17 diploma-granting technical high schools throughout the state.  They offer a comprehensive high school and Career Technical Education in 31 occupational areas which are in 12 different career clusters.  

Vernon students most frequently attend Howell Cheney Technical High School, A.I. Prince Technical High School or Windham Technical High School. 

Howell Cheney Technical School - Located in Manchester 

A.I. Prince Technical School - Located in Hartford  

Windham Technical High School - Located in Windham   


  • Information session with Howell Cheney Technical High School (all 7th graders and interested 8th graders) which includes learning about the occupational areas offered, application process and an opportunity to ask questions. 

  • Information session with Rockville High School Agricultural Science and Technology Education (formerly known as Vocational Agricultural Program) which includes gaining an understanding of the program, application process, and question/answer session