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JJHS Guidance & Counseling

  • Jasper Junior High has one school counselor who assists parents and students daily.  Appointments are not necessary, but are available upon request.
  • The school counselor provides leadership to help students succeed academically, personally and socially.
  • The school counselor works with students in classrooms, in small groups and individually to help them build important skills.
  • The school counselor is knowledgeable about the unique developmental needs of junior high school students as they grow through the junior high school years.
  • Large and small group presentations will be conducted at each grade level during the school year.  Some areas of discussion include: study skills, careers, drug abuse, bullying and divorce.  If you have additional concerns, please contact the counselor at Jasper Junior High School.
  • The school counselor conducts individual counseling sessions with parents and students as well as meeting with faculty members and other community resource persons to create a comprehensive network for JJHS students.

Frequently asked questions…

Is everything that transpires during a counseling session confidential?

As a school counselor, I am bound to the American School Counselor Association Code of Ethics, which holds confidentiality as the most important code.  This means that unless the client gives me permission to share what transpired during a session or unless there is possible danger involved, I shall keep the contents of the session confidential.  As a counselor, I will communicate openly with the parents as needed and will encourage children to be open with their parents as well.

Can students or parents talk to the counselor about anything?

Yes.  As a school counselor, I am here not only to help students, parents or faculty during times of crisis, but to also be here to share times of achievement and success!

How can students or parents take advantage of the more “individualized” services the counseling program as to offer (e.g. individual counseling)?

Students can be referred for group counseling by parents or teachers.  They can also come in themselves for individual counseling.  Parents are more than welcome to make an appointment to meet with the counselor to discuss concerns about their child.  It is my goal to have an open line of communication with the faculty, parents and students.

*It is the official policy of the Jasper City School System that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment.

Get to Know Your School Counselor!

My Family


My name is Patrick Rider and I am excited to be your school counselor at Jasper Junior High!  I serve all students in grades 7 & 8.  I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Union University, my Master's degree in Education from the University of Alabama, and my master's degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama.  I have been working in the Jasper City Schools system since 2001.  I spent my first 14 years as a 6th grade classroom teacher at Maddox Middle School.  My wife, Julie, is a Pre-K teacher at T.R. Simmons.  We have two children: Caroline (9th grade) and Eli (7th grade).  I enjoy rooting for the Tide, DIY projects, playing golf, and my family loves anything and everything related to Disney! 

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns related to your student at Jasper Junior High!


Jasper Junior High School: 

Office:  (205) 221-9277

Fax:  (205) 384-4311