Secondary School Counseling

Secondary School Counseling 

Students in grades seven through twelve receive a comprehensive guidance and counseling program which provides activities to address the needs of students, teachers, staff and parents.  The comprehensive program is designed around three domains:  academic, college and career, and personal/social development.   

School counselors encourage the following mindsets for all students:  

  • Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being 

  • Self-confidence in ability to succeed 

  • Sense of belonging in the school environment 

  • Understanding that post-secondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success 

  • Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes 

  • Positive attitude toward work and learning   

The Academic Domain activities include: 

  • Working one-on-one with students experiencing academic difficulties 

  • Teaching time management, organizational and study skills to individual, small groups and large groups of students 

  • Conducting and facilitating conferences with teachers, students, parents and administrators 

  • Referring students, as needed, to appropriate community agencies in consultation with their parents 

  • Assisting staff in the placement of students with special needs 

  • Helping students identify long- and short-term goals 

  • Encouraging students to actively engage in challenging coursework 

  • Adjusting student schedules and balancing classes to ensure optimal class size and learning environment 

  • Acting as an advocate for students, as appropriate, in conjunction with other staff 

The College & Career Domain activities include: 

  • Informing students and parents of test results and assisting in their use for educational and career planning 

  • Assisting in career exploration activities in the classroom 

  • Facilitating the development of a four-year Educational Development Plan (EDP), beginning in the seventh grade 

  • Assisting students in evaluating their current status and requirements for high school graduation and helping students take appropriate steps to implement their post-high school educational or career plans 

The Personal/Social Development Domain activities include: 

  • Organizing transition activities for new students 

  • Facilitating the transition from elementary to junior high, and junior high to high school 

  • Meeting with individual students experiencing difficulties during the school day 

  • Providing referrals, as needed to appropriate community agencies in consultation with parents