•             pencil What does a school counselor do?

    In high school, a school counselor:

    • Assists with academic planning.
    • Counsels children individually and/or in groups.
    • Teaches guidance lessons in classrooms.

    Processes interventions and referrals for students.

    • Consults with parents and teachers.
    • Conducts parent workshops and training.
    • Refers and links students with school and community resources (school wide and/or outside agencies).
    • Adheres to ethical and legal standards in the performance of all of the above mentioned duties.

    How can a student contact the school counselor?

    • Student self-referral
    • Teacher, staff, parent or administrative referral
    • Counselor identification or referral
    • Peer identification or referral

    What happens in individual and/or group counseling?

    In individual and/or group counseling children:

    • Learn how to cope with difficult and/or unchangeable events.
    • Build self-esteem and confidence.
    • Receive the opportunity to share their feelings and concerns.
    • Develop problem-solving ability and decision making skills.
    • Receives academic guidance.

    Overall, the goal is to empower students with the skills to be successful inside and outside of school.

    What topics are taught during classroom guidance lessons?

    • Student orientation (meeting the counselor)
    • Student handbook (school rules)
    • Anti-victimization
    • Anti-harassment/No bullying
    • Career/Postsecondary Education
    • Suicide Prevention
    • Dual Credit
    • Wellness

     Please contact your child’s counselor if you have any concerns about your child including and not limited to the following:

    • Classroom performance or behavior
    • Sudden change in your child’s behavior (depressed, sad, angry)
    • Family changes (moving, death, divorce or separation)
    • Interpreting test results