The Gaithersburg High
Wellness Center envisions students healthy in
body, mind, and spirit fully committed to high Academic achievement and models of
leadership, strength, and success.
Mission: The Wellness Center
is committed to helping students in the school community reach their full
potential by offering coordinated medical care, quality counseling, positive
youth development, and health education experiences in a confidential and
culturally sensitive manner.
Clients: The medical health care component
serves students enrolled in the schools as well as their uninsured younger
siblings, and Care for Kids enrollees living within the school’s zip codes.
Mental health and social services are available to students enrolled in the
schools and their families.
Hours: Typical hours of operation are
Monday through Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm. The Mental Health Counselor’s hours are
Monday through Friday, 7:30am-3:00pm. During the school year, the Wellness Center Health Clinic hours are 7:30am-2:30pm.
Staff: The Wellness Center
consists of a Site Coordinator, School Community Health Nurse, Certified
Nursing Assistant, Nurse Practitioner(s), Pediatrician, licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Youth Development Specialist(s), and Parent Outreach Worker(s).
- Diagnosis and treatment of
minor/acute health problems
- Gynecological care (NO
- Laboratory testing
- Physical Exams
- STI/HIV screening
- Vision and Hearing
Mental Health Services
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling
- Group counseling
- Crisis intervention
After-School Youth Groups
- Encourage healthy development
- Promote leadership,
self-esteem, communication skills, goal setting, positive relationships,
and substance abuse education.
Case Management Services (Individual & Family)
- Academic Support
- Child Care
- Educational /Employment
- Emergency Services
- Food Resources
- Insurance Applications/Issues
- Legal Services
Positive Youth Development After-School Programs
newly arrived Latino immigrant students to build relationships amongst
classmates and discuss assimilation to a new country. Participants share their personal stories
about transitioning to the US
in a supportive environment.
AFFIRM works with
young ladies to help them develop healthy ways of valuing themselves and
learning how to embrace their powerful attributes. AFFIRM aspires to
build self-confidence, self-worth, and a sense of accomplishment.
AMEN is a
brotherhood where young men have a healthy and safe place to express themselves
concerning real life issues, such as how to resolve conflicts, how to handle
negative peer pressure, and setting and pursuing personal goals.
Be Yourself/Se Tu
Mismo consists of fun interactive sessions that focus on goal setting,
leadership skills and teambuilding for Latino students. It is a co-ed group which promotes building a
strong sense of self and overall positive well-being.
Gentlemen targets young men who have completed other Wellness Center
programs. The group focuses on the importance of identifying future goals
and developing an action plan for accomplishing them.
targets young ladies who have completed other Wellness Center
programs. Participants receive SSL hours as they complete a service
project of their choosing that serves to benefit their community.
My Lead helps
students get SSL hours by participating in community service projects and
events in the community. The program is facilitated to also encourage
leadership, communication skills, and goal setting.
Athletic Club promotes physical health and wellness through recreational
activities, sports, and learning what the body needs to be healthy. Groups meet
in the spring.
Enrollment in the Wellness
Center requires the
completion of an application by a parent or legal guardian. You may pick up a Wellness Center enrollment form from the GHS
health room or guidance office. Please complete all sections. The forms
must be signed by a parent/guardian. Please return it to the health
Wellness Center Application English
Wellness Center Application Spanish
Key Contacts for more
Cheryl Coleman, RN, SCHN
School Community Health Nurse