School Counselors are professional educators that have a unique mental health perspective and understand and respond to the challenges presented by today's diverse student population. The school counselor works as a team with school staff, parents, and the community to create a caring school climate and attitude. School Counselors provide the school, staff, and community with the following services:
- Individual student planning - Helping students establish personal goals and plans for the future
- Responsive Services - Individual or group counseling, referrals to other school support services or outside community resources, and developing confidential relationships with students to help them resolve or cope with their problems and developmental concerns
- School Guidance Curriculum - This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students achieve the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level
School counselors address the academic and developmental needs of all students,not just those in need through collaboration with students,parents,school staff and the community. School counselors design,implement,and maintain guidance programs that align with the educational mission and philosophies of their schools and school districts. These programs help develop competencies in academic achievement,personal and social development, and career planning. School counselors follow a comprehensive guidance curriculum to work with students in individual,small group,and classroom settings. School counselors help students create an academic plan for their education to prepare for successful careers after graduation.They also help students respond to obstacles that may form barriers to learning by helping students respond to issues such as divorce and adolescence.
All students and parents have the option of initiating an appointment with the counselor by calling 683-2700. If the counselor feels the need to work with a student on an ongoing basis whether it be individual or in a group, parent permission is required.