What Do School Counselors Do?

  • The counseling program addresses the academic, social emotional and career development needs of all students with the goal of every student succeeding. Our students will graduate from the Alexandria City Public School system with the necessary competencies to be self-directed, responsible decision– makers and contributors to society. This supports the school system’s primary goal of preparing every student to thrive in a global society.

    School Counseling Activities

    Individual Counseling

    In a confidential setting, students are assisted in understanding their feelings, attitudes, concerns and behaviors. Counselors establish a relationship characterized by respect, understanding, openness, acceptance and trust.

    Group Counseling

    Group counseling may assist students experiencing commonly shared concerns and/or developmental difficulties in areas such as interpersonal relationships with peers and/or adults, school attendance, academic achievement, or coping with life changes such as grief and loss.

    Classroom Lessons

    Through a series of planned classroom learning experiences, counselors assist teachers with meaningful activities targeting the personal, social, academic and career development of all students.


    Counselors may confer directly with teachers, parents, administrators and other helping professionals to support students in the school setting. In this role, the counselor helps others to assist the student in dealing more effectively with developmental or adjustment needs.


    Counselors are responsible for the coordination of various services and activities in the school. Examples of these activities include crisis intervention programs, parent and student orientation and education programs, parenting skills courses and peer mediation, conflict resolution and anti-bullying programs. Counselors also coordinate referrals to the school psychologists, social worker, and various community agencies.