The school counselor is available to students and parents to talk about the importance of postsecondary education and how best to plan for postsecondary education, including appropriate courses to consider and financial aid availability and requirements. In grades 7 and 8, each student will receive instruction related to how the student can best prepare for high school, college, and a career.
High School students and their parents are encouraged to talk with a school counselor, teacher, or principal to learn more about course offerings, graduation requirements, and early graduation procedures. Each year, high school students will be provided information on anticipated course offerings for the next school year and other information that will help them make the most of academic and CTE opportunities, as well as information on the importance of postsecondary education.
The school counselor can provide information about entrance exams and application deadlines, as well as information about automatic admission, financial aid, housing, and scholarships as these relate to state colleges and universities. The school counselor can also provide information about workforce opportunities after graduation or technical and trade school opportunities, including opportunities to earn industry-recognized certificates and licenses.
The counseling relationship is a professional relationship and counselors have a professional code of ethics. The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns, including social, family, emotional or mental health issues, or substance abuse. A student who wishes to meet with the school counselor should schedule an appointment. As a parent, if you are concerned about your child’s mental or emotional health, please speak with the school counselor for a list of resources available for assistance.