Who are School Counselors?
A school counselor is a professional who works in primary (elementary and middle) schools or secondary schools to provide academic, career, college access/affordability/admission, and social-emotional competencies to all students through a school counseling program.
School counselors work to maximize student success, promoting access and equity for all students. As vital members of the school leadership team, school counselors create a school culture of success for all.
School counselors help all students:
-apply academic achievement strategies
-manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills
-plan for postsecondary options (higher education, military, work force)
Appropriate duties include providing:
-individual student academic planning and goal setting
-school counseling classroom lessons based on student success standards
-short-term counseling to students
-referrals for long-term support
-collaboration with families/teachers/ administrators/ community for student success
-advocacy for students at individual education plan meetings and other student-focused meetings
-data analysis to identify student issues, needs and challenges
-acting as a systems change agent to improve equity and access, achievement and opportunities for all students