Arrowhead's School Counseling staff provides individual assistance to students regarding student strengths, interests, issues, and career and college planning. They are also in frequent contact with parents regarding student issues, academic progress, and future plans.
Counselors make classroom presentations throughout the student’s four years to assist them in making informed choices about their future. In addition, counselors host a college fair and conduct freshman and junior individualized planning conferences. They are also instrumental in EXPLORE, PLAN, PSAT/SAT, ACT, and AP testing.
School Guidance Curriculum
This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students achieve the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The school guidance curriculum is delivered throughout the school’s overall curriculum and is systematically presented by professional school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 classroom and group activities.
Individual Student Planning
Professional school counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to help students establish personal goals and develop future plans.
Responsive services consist of prevention and/or intervention activities to meet students’ immediate and future needs. These needs can be necessitated by events and conditions in students’ lives and the school climate and culture, and may require any of the following:
• individual or group counseling
• consultation with parents, teachers and other educators
• referrals to other school support services or community resources
• peer helping
• intervention and advocacy at the systemic level
Professional school counselors develop confidential relationships with students to help them resolve and/or cope with problems and developmental concerns.
System support consists of management activities establishing, maintaining, and enhancing the total school counseling program. These activities include professional development, consultation, collaboration, supervision, program management and operations. Professional school counselors are committed to continual personal and professional development and are proactively
involved in professional organizations promoting school counseling at the local, state and national levels.
Professional school counselors incorporate organizational processes and tools that are concrete, clearly delineated, and reflective of the school’s needs. Processes and tools include:
• agreements developed with and approved by administrators for each school year addressing how the school counseling program is organized and what goals will be accomplished
• advisory councils include: students, parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators and community members to review school counseling program goals and results and to make recommendations
• the use of student data to effect systemic change within the school system so every student receives the benefit of the school counseling program
• action plans for prevention and intervention services defining the desired student competencies and achievement results
• allotment of the professional schoolcounselor’s time in direct service with students as recommended in the ASCA National Model
• the use of annual and weekly calendars to keep students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders informed and to encourage active participation in the school counseling program.
Professional school counselors develop and implement data/needs-driven, standards-based and research-supported programs, and engage in continuous program evaluation activities. They also create results reports that demonstrate immediate, intermediate, and long-range effectiveness of comprehensive school counseling programs. Professional school counselors analyze outcome data to guide future action and improve future results for all students. The performance of the professional school counselor is evaluated using an instrument based on the School Counselor Performance Standards found in the ASCA National Model, and the ASCA School Counselor Competencies. These standards of practice are expected of professional school counselors when
implementing a school counseling program.
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with the minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students through a comprehensive school counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social domains.