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High School Counseling Services Overview

The counselor's primary task is to help all students become better individuals by providing a comprehensive program that meets their academic, personal/social, and career development needs. This is accomplished by providing personalized planning, responsive services and system support.

Personalized Planning

The counselors serve as resources for students by assisting with the following:

• Course selection and scheduling

• Career/interest assessments

• Standardized test interpretation

• Grade level individualized planning sessions

o Freshmen student and parent individual interviews

o Sophomore small group career exploration sessions

o Junior student and parent individual interviews

o Senior individual and classroom post graduation planning

Responsive Services

Individual counseling is available for those students who need to talk. A variety of services are available to meet these needs:

• SAP (Student Assistance Program) - The SAP is a weekly meeting designed to assist school personnel to identify issues, including alcohol, drugs and others, which pose a barrier to a student's learning and school success. Student assistance is not a treatment program; rather it is a systematic process using effective and accountable preofessional techniques to mobilize school resources to remove the barriers to learning, and, where the problem is beyond the scope of the school to assist the parent and the student with information so they may access services within the community. Referrals can be made by the student, parents, peer(s) or faculty member(s).

• Child Study - Child study is a monthly meeting to which referral are made for special education testing and/or to discuss already identified students. Click here for more details on Special Education programs and services.

• Drug & Alcohol Liaison - This individual is contracted by the district to conduct initial D&A assessments that may result in referrals for treatment.

• Counselor referrals - In times when a student may benefit from a more specialized source of help, the counselors serve as a resourse for families in referring them to social and community agencies.

• Academic Supports - For students who find themselves in need of academic assistance, the counselors can help to facilitate in-house and/or outside tutoring.

System Support

The counselors provide profession development for staff members, collaborating with community agencies and working as a team with parents, teachers and administrators. Naviance Family Connection online is available to all students for college and career searches and an assortment of books and other resource materials which can be borrowed and returned are kept in the high school library.

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