What We Do
Our school counselors engage with all students, challenging them to push beyond limitations to achieve rigorous academic, personal, and post-graduation goals. They empower students to be successful now and to approach their diverse futures with confidence.

The school counselor is an essential part of the success at each of our buildings. They work with all students, developing personal and social skills, providing strategies for academic success, and planning for life after graduation.

Our school counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools; however, they are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and to assist students and families in seeking resources.

All of our school counselors have completed a minimum of a Master’s Degree that is specifically aligned to counseling within schools and are certified by the South Dakota Department of Education.

Elementary School Counseling

Middle School Counseling

High School Counseling








Our Partners


A partner with our schools and Rapid City to help students overcome addiction by providing evidence-based prevention, intervention, and connection.

Behavior Management Systems

Counselors who work with families to provide intensive and comprehensive services geared towards child and adolescent behavioral issues and emotional problems.


If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis please call your local law enforcement (911) or contact crisis resources below:  

Mental Health Crisis Options

Behavior Management Systems (BMS)

Crisis walk-in appointments available (during regular hours)

350 Elk Street

605-343-7261 (call ahead)

Monument Health Emergency Department 

353 Fairmont Blvd.

Rapid City SD 57701


National Suicide Text Line 

TEXT “CONNECT” to 741741

National Suicide Prevention 

Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Elizabeth Rus
College and Career Readiness Lead Counselor