Who Are School Counselors?

  • Who Are We?

    Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address students’ academic, social emotional and career development needs. Each elementary, middle, high school and alternative program has a full-time professional school counselor available to assist students and families.  Professional school counselors design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) that promotes success for every student. 

    Professional School Counselors:

    • Serve a vital role in maximizing student success
    • Promote equity and access to rigorous educational experiences for all students
    • Incorporate leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and systemic change in the educational setting
    • Support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community
    • Address the needs of all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program
    • Uphold the ethical and professional standards of ASCA and other applicable professional counseling associations
    • Promote the development of the school counseling program based on the following areas of the ASCA National Model: foundation, delivery, management and accountability

    American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

    School counselors deliver a comprehensive counseling program to all students that is aligned with the ASCA national model. The ASCA national model four themes are:

    • Leadership — leading learning and problem solving
    • Advocacy — promoting equity and access
    • Collaboration — sharing ideas and knowledge
    • Systemic Change — making improvements and enhancements

    The framework of the ASCA national model consists of four components:

    • Foundation — focus on student and counselor skills, knowledge and outcomes
    • Management — action planning to ensure maximum use of time and resources
    • Delivery — direct and indirect services provided to students
    • Accountability — effectiveness in measurable terms