Counselors' Role in High School
* Adapted from the American School Counseling Association Website
High school marks the final transition towards adulthood and the world of work. During this period students become more autonomous by exploring and defining their independence, often from their parents. Students explore their self identities, strengths and weaknesses, as well as what they want to do when they graduate from high school. The strongest influence for students is their peer group, which can often yield pressure towards risky behaviors. Students need guidance in making responsible, concrete decisions. Students also face pressures of high-stakes testing, college admissions, scholarship and financial aid applications, and entrance into a competitive job market.
High school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a masterís degree in school counseling. They are uniquely qualified to address all studentsí academic, personal/social and career development needs.
School counseling programs and services are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.