School counselors are members of the education leadership team and serve a vital role in maximizing student success. Through advocacy and collaboration, the school counselor promotes equity and access to opportunities and educational experiences that develop strategies for academic achievement, managing emotions and developing interpersonal skills, and making plans for career and college. To provide a safe and welcoming learning environment, school counselors support individual student academic planning and goal setting, deliver classroom lessons aligned with standards, provide short-term counseling and make referrals for long-term support for students, advocate for students at IEP, 504 and other student-focused meetings, and analyze data to identify student issues, needs and challenges. School counselors continuously collaborate with families, teachers, administrators and the community to address the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program.
Role of the School Counselor
Professional school counselors deliver a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses all students’ academic, career and social/emotional development. School counselors are certified professionals with a minimum of a masters’ degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students.
Resources for School Counselors