Professional School Counselors are...
...professional counselors / educators who work in an academic
setting and have a mental health perspective.
...integral to the total educational program.
...supportive of the academic achievement of all students.
...leaders of the Character Counts Program that was established
by the RCPS School Board in response to the state mandate for
teaching character education.
...working toward creating programming that is based on the
American School Counselors Association National Standards
and Virginia Standards for School Counseling Programs in
academic, personal / social, and career domains.
What is a School Counselor?
Professional School Counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master's degree in school counseling. This makes them uniquely qualified to address all students' academic, personal/social and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating, and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.
Professional School Counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success. Through leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, professional school counselors promote equality and challenging educational experiences for all students. Professional school counselors support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community. Additionally, they address the needs of all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that are a part of the comprehensive school counseling program.
Students will acquire the academic preparation essential to choose from a variety of educational, training and employment options upon completion of secondary school.
Personal / Social
Students will acquire an understanding of, and respect for, self and others, and the skills to be responsible citizens.
Students will investigate the world of work in order to make informed career decisions.