Guidance & Counseling Services
The school counselors assist students, teachers, parents and administrators. The role of the counselor is to help students as they seek to identify and achieve personal goals, and assume rights and responsibilities in various life roles at each developmental stage. This role is detailed in the Comprehensive District Counseling Program. It is also available as a printable PDF.
Important functions of the guidance department include:
- Academic improvement and planning
- Crisis intervention services
- Transitional services
- Parent and teacher support
- Guidance curriculum lessons in both group and individual settings
- A wide variety of testing opportunities and information for students grades 7-12
- Assist students with college, career and post-secondary planning
- Career exploration inventories and activities to help students become knowledgeable about the world of work
The Guidance Office is open every school day for students or parents who wish to browse the college catalog. A reference shelf for parents is also available. It contains various books and pamphlets to assist parents in financial aid planning, and in maximizing their relationship with their teenager(s)
Detailed information can be found in the “Course of Study” books available in the Guidance Office and the library regarding: Sequences, Courses Offered, Graduation Requirements, Required Courses and Course Description.
The Guidance Office prepares and distributes grade level newsletters for students. These contain important information and should be shared with parents. Counselors also have lists of important dates for juniors and seniors regarding College Board Testing, financial aid forms and scholarships.
In addition to the Guidance staff, we have school psychologists and social workers to assist students with learning problems or personal problems, which interfere with their school success.
Students may make an appointment to either of these people on their own, or the school staff, parents or other agencies with which the students may have contact may refer them. All referrals and contacts are kept in complete confidence.
We also have the Committee on Special Education to serve students with any kind of disability which may affect school performance.