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School Counseling

School counselors work to empower students to become productive and contributing members of society. In partnership with families, staff members and the community, school counselors provide a developmental program that addresses students’ academic, personal/social and career development.

School counselors help with:

  • transitioning from elementary to middle to high school to postsecondary opportunities

  • academic planning and educational progress

  • concerns that interfere with learning

  • acquiring skills and knowledge to cope with pressures

  • interpreting test results

  • getting connected with school programs and community opportunities

  • planning for postsecondary education and career options

School counselors are trained to:

  • work with parents, students and school staff members

  • work with students individually and in groups to help resolve problems that interfere with learning

  • provide large group instruction using counseling curriculum that supports the educational and personal development of all students 

  • support students with special needs and may serve as a member of child study team

  • offer critical incident intervention, prevention and response services

  • maintain contact with and make appropriate referrals to community and social agencies

  • provide information about school and community resources

  • plan and coordinate schoolwide programs for students and parents in academic achievement, personal/social development, career development and transition planning

  • help students explore options for college and career training and pathways

You can find your school counselor on your school’s website.