What does a school counselor do?

  • What Does the School Counselor Do?

    An Elementary School Counselor provides:

    • School Guidance Curriculum
    • A comprehensive program that promotes knowledge and skills in three content areas: academic achievement, career development and personal/social growth
    • Individual and Small Group Student Planning
    • Ongoing activities designed to help individual and small groups of students to establish personal goals and develop future plans
    • Responsive Services
      • Includes: consultation, individual/small-group counseling, crisis response, referrals, peer mediation
    • System Support
    • Professional development, collaboration, program management and operation

    Elementary School Counselors help students:

    • Achieve academic goals
    • Develop a better understanding and acceptance of themselves
    • Cope with life changes
    • Develop problem solving and decision-making skills
    • Develop emotionally and socially
    • Begin to develop career goals

    Elementary School Counselors help school staff:

    • Understand and meet students' personal, social, emotional, academic and
      behavioral needs

    Elementary School Counselors help parents:

    • Understand their child's emotions and behaviors
    • Access community resources when needed
    • With strategies to use at home with problem behaviors
    • Interpret standardized test scores

    What are some specific things Ms. Wright does?

    • Classroom Guidance for all grade levels
    • Work with small groups and individual students for a variety of reasons such as:
      • Behavioral concerns
      • Attendance concerns
      • Academic concerns
      • Family/life changes and crises
      • Friendship issues
      • Grief
      • Anxiety
    • Facilitates/Assists with the following programs:
      • Peer Mediation Team
      • Watch D.O.G.S.
      • PALS
      • Red Ribbon Week
      • 6th to 7th grade registration
      • Fire Safety Week