• THE DISTRICT SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM

    MISSION
    The primary mission of the School Counseling Program is to facilitate student academic development and to promote and encourage personal/social and career development by working collaboratively with the school, families, and the community.
     
    Programs and services are designed to assist students in acquiring the attitudes, skills, and competencies to learn effectively and to prepare students for educational and career opportunities beyond high school. A developmental program focusing on needs, interests, and issues related to the various stages of personal growth and development, including the ability to access and utilize services and resources, serves as the core of the School Counseling Program effort. Counseling program objectives, activities, initiatives, and expected outcomes recognize and support individual uniqueness, celebrate diversity, and promote the maximum development of human potential. The counseling program is an integral part of the total educational program.
     
    GOALS
     
    The purpose of the School Counseling Program is to promote and enhance the learning process. To that end, the School Counseling Program facilitates student development that falls under three goal areas: Academic Development, Career Development, and Personal/Social Development. The following describes the standards for each goal area as presented in the National Standards for School Counseling Programs (Sharing the Vision – American School Counselor Association, 1998):
     
    I. Academic Development
     
    Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across their life span.
     
    Standard B: Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options, including college.
    Standard C: Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work, and to life at home and in the community.
    The program standards for academic development guide the School Counseling Program to implement strategies and activities to support and maximize each student’s ability to learn. Academic development standards and competencies support the premise that all students meet or exceed the local, state, and national standards.
    II. Career Development
    Standard A: Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.
     
    Standard B: Students will employ strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction.
     
    Standard C: Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education and training, and the world of work.
     
    The program standards for career development guide the School Counseling Program to provide the foundation for the acquisition of skills, attitudes, and knowledge that enable students to make a successful transition from school to the world of work, and from job to job across their life span. Career development standards and competencies ensure that students develop career goals as a result of participation in a comprehensive plan of career awareness, exploration, and preparation activities.
     
    III. Personal/Social Development
     
    Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.
     
    Standard B: Students will make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals.
     
    Standard C: Students will understand safety and survival skills.
     
    The program standards for personal/social development guide the School Counseling Program to provide the foundation for personal and social growth as students progress through school and into adulthood. Personal/social development contributes to academic and career success. Personal/social development standards and competencies ensure that students have learned to successfully and safely negotiate their way in the increasingly complex and diverse world of the 21st century.
     
    The emphasis of these goals is on success for all students, not only those students who are motivated, supported, and ready to learn. The School Counseling Program encourages all students to achieve success in school and to develop into contributing members of our society.
     
    Dr. Jennifer Giordano, Director, 6-12
Last Modified on December 15, 2014