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The Challenger Elementary School Counseling Program will support the development of ALL students and empower them to reach their highest academic potential and experience positive relationships in a safe, collaborative, nurturing and joyful environment

Experiencing a crisis?

Please contact one of the following helplines: 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • King County local 24/7 Crisis Line (suicide, mental health, substance use): 866-427-4747
  • Crisis Text Line: text “Heal” to 741-741
  • Trevor Project (specifically for the LGBTQ+ community): 1-866-488-7386

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School Counseling and Mental Health in the Issaquah School District

Issaquah schools provide comprehensive guidance and school counseling services in each building. All students have access to and the right to participate in these programs, which focus on academic, career, and social/emotional development to enhance the learning process, provide access to education, and support student readiness and success. Our school counseling teams plan and implement their programs with consideration for  student, family, school, and community members, and can help to connect students and families to resources and supports in our schools and community. Our ultimate goal is to help students obtain the knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to academic, career, and personal success.

Comet Pledge

At Challenger, we adhere to the “3Rs.” Challenger students, parents, volunteers, and staff members are
expected to:

Be Respectful
Be Responsible
Be Resourceful
Be Safe

Rachel (Shine) Lingenbrink

Challenger Elementary

Access Care Solace Services

  • 24/7/365 multilingual support – A multilingual team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help you understand options, call providers on your behalf, and schedule an appointment
  • Care regardless of insurance – Connect to care with any coverage including Medicaid, Medicare, and sliding scale options for those without insurance.
  • Easy access to care – Use Care Match, the self-serve website, to find a provider or services on your own.
  • Call 888-515-0595 at any time. 
  • Search anonymously to get matched with an extensive list of care providers. Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

Access Care Solace Services

If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. Care Solace is NOT an emergency response service or mental health service provider.

Tiered School Counseling System

Classroom Lessons

The counselor will teach lessons in all classrooms throughout the school year to help students develop and practice skills for social and academic success.  Research based curriculum will be delivered in all classrooms. 

Small Groups

Small groups for students to increase skills in the areas of friendship, social success, emotion management, stress management and school success. Your student might also be invited to have lunch with the school counselor and their friends. 

Individual Supports

Brief, solution focused individual support is provided to some students who may need help to overcome problems that interfere with learning. Connecting students and families to outside services when appropriate.