District Counseling supports the development of the whole child by advocating for academic, social/emotional, career and postsecondary needs and strives to develop life-long learners and productive citizens.
The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Counseling program works collaboratively with parents, community members and educators to empower every child, regardless of individual differences or obstacles, to ensure all students are prepared for meaningful, productive learning through a data-driven comprehensive K-12 school counseling program.
Role of the School Counselor
Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
- Personal and social counseling
- Crisis counseling
- Academic advisement and consultation
- Post graduate planning
- Curriculum and school wide system planning and support
- Assistance in resolving academic difficulties
- Assistance with school pressures
- Information about the school and community
- Career planning
- Help with interpersonal and communication skills
- Help with peer/family concerns
- Referrals to community agencies
- Classroom guidance ICAP instruction
- Help with course selection
- Letters of recommendation
- Encouragement and celebration of success
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. Professional school counselors are employed in elementary, middle and high schools; in district supervisory positions; and counselor education positions. (American School Counseling Association, 2012)