School Counseling Services
Students will be assigned to a counselor upon entering the ninth grade. They will be assigned to the same counselor for their four years of high school. Students may initiate a conference with their counselor by making an appointment in the school counseling office. Counselors will also initiate conferences with students by sending them an appointment notification. Counselors are available to students for personal, academic, career, and post high school planning.
Academic counseling supports and enables students to experience academic success, maximizes learning through commitment, encourages students to produce high quality work, and helps them to be prepared for a full range of opportunities after school. Counselors help students understand strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and plan an appropriate course of study. Counselors, teachers, and parents work together to support and encourage students to reach their full potential.
Areas where counselors work with students and parents are:
Making a four year educational plan
Planning a high school program relevant to students interests and abilities and post secondary educational plans
Checking each student’s progress through review of interim progress reports and report cards.
Consultation with faculty regarding student performance
Meeting with parents
Counseling students experiencing academic difficulties and developing strategies for improvement
Reviewing and monitoring CAPT requirements for graduation
Reviewing credit status
Reviewing standardized test results with students and parents
Providing input at Pupil Study Team, Pupil Planning and Placement Team, and 504 meetings
Career counseling helps students begin to explore various career options. Students are helped to have an understanding of careers, occupational information, school and training requirements and an awareness of how these relate to personal values, interests, abilities and personalities. Counselors and career counselor assist students in the following ways:
Administration of interest inventories in grade 9 and 11
Administration of aptitude test, ASVAB, for interested students in grades 11, 12
Job shadowing experience in grade 10
Individual planning meetings with all juniors to develop post high school plans
Completion of four year plan to ensure that students courses provide adequate preparation for potential career choices
Use of School Counseling Office/Career Center including computer software, reference books, catalogues, videos, and career pamphlets
Encourage students to participate in internship program, ACE Mentoring Program
Provide information to students for community service opportunities and encourage them to volunteer
College counseling assists students in making educational decisions for post–secondary education. Counselors help students understand strengths and weaknesses, interests, and goals as they relate to career and college planning.
Meet with students each year to make/revise a four year plan
Meet with students to plan course of study each year to fulfill career and post secondary education requirements
Encourage students to take appropriate standardized tests
Encourage students to attend college representative visits
Encourage students to use the School Counseling Office and
Encourage junior and senior students and parents to attend the Financial Aid Workshop
Give and review College Planning Guide with all juniors and parents
Administer interest inventory to all juniors in order to help with career planning
Offer ASVAB, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test, to all juniors and seniors in order to help with career planning
Provide information to juniors on preparing resumes, activity sheets, and college essays to assist in preparing for college process
Help students in college/career search process
Prepare scholarship bulletins and disseminate this information to students
Write letters of recommendation for students
Process college and scholarship applications
Review transition planning goals with students with disabilities
School counselors help students acquire the knowledge, attitude, and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others. Counselors are also available to help students increase self-understanding and to learn effective problem solving skills.
Some of the issues and concerns that counselors help students with are:
Decision making/goal setting
Referrals are made to community agencies, when appropriate.