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. Bower 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