Role of the School Counselor
School counselors work in collaboration with the entire school community and are committed to the education and whole development of all students. The school counselor is a key "go to" student and staff support services professional. Services provided by school counselors address the three domains of the ASCA model:
- Academic planning: School counselors work closely with students to plan their course of studies, to support their school performance, to review progress, to set academic goals, as well as to implement academic interventions.
- Social-emotional development: School counselors focus on the whole development of students, facilitate social/emotional learning opportunities, connect students to activities and electives based on their interest, build home-school-community alliances, and provide on-going individualized attention to ensure student success.
- Career and post-secondary development: School counselors help students understand their strengths and talents, and how these abilities can be utilized in various college majors and careers. School counselors aid students in the college admissions process, and all next steps to their secondary education.
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For Families - Partnering with Your Child's Counselor
Counseling support staff members facilitate comprehensive conferences for students and families to ensure their students' success in school, as well as in their future endeavors.
Know what to ask for.
- Sign up for a NYC Schools Account at your child's school for online access to your child's recent test scores, attendance records, and grades.
- Ask the counselor to set up a "contract" or individual learning plan for your child, with goals for academic achievement, rewards and consequences.
- The contract may include Daily Progress Report forms for each teacher to complete.
- Ask for a schedule of upcoming Parent Association meetings and parent-teacher conferences.
- Ask for a report card distribution schedule.
- Ask for a review of your child's report card, transcript/graduation requirements (high schools only), daily attendance record, and period attendance record (high schools only).
- Ask for additional advisement with your child's middle school and high school applications.
- Ask about setting up a weekly time to connect with your child's counselor to discuss feedback from teachers, or to review your child's daily and period attendance for the prior week.
- Ask the counselor about the possibility of adjustments or supplements to your child's academic program in order to accommodate the needs of your children and family.
- Ask about receiving missed assignments from teachers, and help your child to complete them.
- Ask about tutoring programs, and have your child scheduled for tutoring.
- Inquire about teacher assessments and school evaluations (i.e., initial reviews for special education if appropriate).
- For students 17 years old and up, please ask for the Know Your Rights-Student Information packet, as well as the Additional Ways to Graduate Directory.
Social Emotional Supports for Academic Success:
- Ask about providing your child with at-risk school counseling services or a faculty mentor.
- Find out about available mental health services or click here for the Citywide Mental Health Youth Resource Flyer.
- Ask your children about their interests. Ask the school counselor about related after-school activities.
- Ask about youth leadership at the school.
- Ask about the school's Respect for All program to address bullying.
- Ask about guidance strategies to support your child with any behavioral concerns related to the discipline code.
- Discuss any concerns that your family may have including pupil transportation, caring for younger siblings, housing, as well as teen pregnancy and parenting.
Career and Post-Secondary Development:
- Ask how post-secondary planning and career development is facilitated across the grades at your child's school.
- Ask for your child to take a career interest inventory (i.e., http://www.mynextmove.org/ for middle schools and high schools)
- Ask how college advisement is managed at the school, as well as the timeline for the college application process.
- Ask how scholarship and other college opportunities are communicated to families.
- Ask about college visits, college fairs, service learning opportunities, as well as financial aid workshops.
- Ask the counselor about any questions you may have related to the military recruitment opt-out or the FAFSA completion project/National Student Clearinghouse opt-out.
- Ask about teen employment opportunities including the Summer Youth Employment Program, available through the Department of Youth and Community Development.
- Ask how to obtain working papers.