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  Welcome to the Ballou Junior High Counseling Department

Student Support / School Counseling Services

Mission Statement 

The Ballou Junior High School Counseling Department in conjunction with all stakeholders plays an integral role in encouraging and celebrating the unique strengths of each student. The professional school counselor advocates for all students to have a safe and rigorous learning environment to help them become college and career ready. Given equity, access, and targeted support, all students will be empowered to explore and define their idea of success and growth in academic, career, and social/emotional development domains.

We believe that each student is unique.  Each student’s individual uniqueness needs to be nurtured and celebrated. 

Counselors Hours   6:55am-2:25pm, Monday-Friday 
Misti Bachmeier - Students with the last names (A - K)     
253 841-8725 x6647
[email protected]

Mark Cooksley  - Students with the last names (L-Z)
253 841-8725 x6640
[email protected]



To book an appointment  please email us!  We can meet on TEAMS video chat, phone, or face to face.   


College Bound Scholarship

Think you can't afford college?  Think again!

Are you in 7th or 8th grade?  You may be eligible for a four-year College Bound Scholarship.   Please see your counselor for more information.

Telehealth visits are available that include men's and women's health as well as LGBTQ visits:

Pierce County Recovery Support Line
When you need to talk to someone who has also faced mental health challenges 
Daily from 3pm-11pm

Washington Recovery Help Line
24-hour help finding resources for substance use, mental health, and gambling problems

Teen Link
Phone or online chat support and resource assistance 
Every night from 6pm - 10pm

In Crisis?
Text Hello to 741741 and speak anonymously with a Crisis Counselor.

The Trevor Project 
Confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ young people

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Summer Food Assistance

Food Banks

Food Banks | Pierce County, WA - Official Website (

No Kid Hungry Texting Line  Text "Food" or "Comida" to 877-877 to find free summer meals near them. 

Free Meals Finder - Click Here

USDA Summer Meals Finder - 1-866-348-6479

USDA Meals Finder - Click Here

Motion Church - Meals in Motion

Distribution Info - Click Here