Role of the School Counselor

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The high school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope; it is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them. High school counselors have an impact on these years by collaborating with school staff, parents, and the community to create a safe and respectful learning environment so that students can acquire positive social skills and values, set informed career goals and realize their full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.  School counselors are key "go to" personnel providing services in the following areas:

  1. Academic planning: School counselors work closely with students to plan their course of studies, to support their school performance, to review progress, to set academic goals, as well as to implement academic interventions.
  2. Social-emotional development: School counselors focus on the whole development of students, facilitate social/emotional learning opportunities, connect students to activities and electives based on their interest, build home-school-community alliances, and provide on-going individualized attention to ensure student success.
  3. Career and post-secondary development: School counselors help students understand their strengths and talents, and how these abilities can be utilized in various college majors and careers. School counselors aid students in the college admissions process, and all next steps to their secondary education.