High School Guidance Counseling
The life of a typical high school student is one full of uncertainty and turmoil. It is a time of increasing stress with influences of accountability from high stakes test taking to pressure from peers. High school is a time of life altering transition that can wreak havoc on the students' abilities to make good decisions for the welfare of themselves and others. High school students are often looking for a place to belong. They rely heavily on their peers to learn some types of behaviors which may not be positive, often at the expense of reasons and good judgments.
Guidecounselor's job is many and sundry when dealing with high school students. The highly demanding job enlist expertise in psychology, counseling methods, and career guidance. However, when we see the results of our hard work pay off in the form of students growth and becoming successful and confident citizens, our job is validated. As emphasized in the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) national standards, high school counseling and guidance services are meant to address the barriers students have to learning, both educational learning and life-long learning. High school counseling adopts techniques for addressing all students' many issues affecting their abilities to perform in an educational environment both academically and socially. Guidecounselors are able to fully understand the fundamental goals of their position in high school students' lives. Our goals are aligned with the goals of our students, families, schools, and districts. Our experts help students every step of the way in their educational journey and life beyond to become:
1.) successful in our fast-paced growing economy
2.) good family providers
3.) responsible parents and
4.) involved in their communities.
With these goals in mind, high school guide counselors will assess the needs of high school students by being a part of curriculum development, assessment of educational needs on an individual basis. In addition, guidecounselors participate in intervention and counseling for students who are dealing with issues effecting learning as well as helping students' explore the world that lies beyond high school graduation. Furthermore, guidecounselors provide a variety of services aimed at addressing barriers to students' learning. our guidecounselors find themselves helping to create and implement programs that aid in the development of academic skills. Guidecounselors will offer their expertise by extracting various methods of developing, organizing, studying, and test-taking skills from our arrays of students helping methods. Another facet of high school guidecounseling is preparing our students for post-secondary life. Guidecounselors provide information and services to students on post-graduation careers as well as guide students in the application process for post-secondary education.
One highly important factor in the success of high school students both in learning and career prospecting is the development of effective social skills. High school students vary wildly in their abilities to demonstrate maturity in this area. Our high school guidecounselors help those students who lack positive role models to learn social skills by incorporating social skills development counseling. High school guidecounseling also addresses issues effecting the safety and health of students through the development of programs such as substance abuse education and multicultural awareness. In today's exceedingly diverse economy, America is needing more clear-headed and open-minded individuals. Lastly, high school guidecounselors are often involved in crisis intervention and management by providing counseling services and psychological assessments.
High school counseling or guidance counseling can be a difficult and draining experience at times. Due to time constraints, many school districts see school counselors as serving a unique purpose apart from the development of programs and curriculum for the student body. As communities become more affected by an increasingly global economy, there is a need to contract guidecounselors. In other words, the job of high school counseling will become more and more important to the successes of students, schools, and to the aspects of accountability for educators of all levels in the future.
Our High School Guidecounseling Program includes:
- Financial Aid and Advisement
- Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
- College Choices and Applications
- Individual Academic Planning (IAP)
- Transition and Articulation Plan (TAP)
- General Education Diploma (GED) and Diploma Plus
- Accelerated Learning and Concurrent Enrollment
- SAT, ACT, and Admissions
- Individual Graduation Plan (IGP)
- Exit Examinations and proficiency tests
- Career cruising, planning, and assessment
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