The School Counseling Program emphasizes
developmentally appropriate instruction and services according to grade levels.
The purpose of school counseling programs is to enable all students to succeed academically.
Counselors conduct classroom guidance sessions, provide individual counseling
and group counseling. Classroom guidance sessions reflect student needs and are
based on collaboration with teachers, administrators and parents.
Student needs may also be met through individual and group counseling. Group
counseling sessions include drug awareness and personal safety, conflict
resolution, anger management, bullying prevention, respect/getting along,
changing families, loss/grief, stop and think, and success groups.
School counselors are not qualified to perform therapeutic or clinical
counseling; however are prepared to assist parents and students in accessing
professionals who can provide these services.
Other programs and services range from scheduling of classes, study skills,
test taking skills, creating and achieving goals, career exploration/awareness,
student orientation/transitioning from school to school, to the identification
and planning for students who need remediation.
As students matriculate through the grades, school counselors are charged with
the responsibilities associated with crucial testing such as PSAT, SAT, AP and
Other duties include record keeping, verification of student credit status,
notification of students and parents of results, scheduling and coordination of
testing with appropriate accommodations. Counselors are available to consult
with parents and school staff about problems which might be interfering with
academic achievement. They can help to plan strategies for successful learning.
Unless students and/or parents are experiencing a crisis situation, it is best
to schedule an appointment through each school's counseling department.
Materials/resources used for guidance and counseling programs are available for
perusal by parents and teachers with prior notification.