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Loudoun County Public School Counselors
Helping Students Succeed in School
Counselors Help Students Learn
   Each school of Loudoun County Public Schools has a school guidance and counseling program.  Certified counselors are responsible for the organization and management of guidance services in the school. 
   Counselors work with students, parents, teachers and administrators to help students succeed in school and prepare for meaningful productive living.  Guidance services are child-centered, developmental and preventive, and encourage students' academic, career and personal/social awareness at each stage of their development.
   Guidance services are inclusive and respectful of student and staff differences in gender, religion, ethnicity, race, ability, handicapping condition and age
What Does a School Counselor Do?
  • Counsels with students individually and/or in groups with signed parental permission
  • Provides systematic developmental classroom guidance to all students
  • Responds to student needs in crisis situations
  • Orients students to new school settings
  • Works with absentees, potential dropouts and other at-risk students
  • Participates actively in the referral process of students to special programs and/or services
  • Participates actively in the referral process of students and/or parents to services and agencies outside of the school
  • Analyzes test results to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests and needs
  • Coordinates efforts with other school specialists
  • Conducts conferences with parents
  • Facilitates parent discussion groups
  • Helps with individual school, college and career plans
  • Coordinates with post-secondary institutions to facilitate college attendance
  • Coordinates staff support activities
  • Adheres to ethical and legal standards
Why Do Parents Contact a School Counselor
  • Academic achievement
  • New school registration, orientation and transition
  • Test Interpretation
  • Special needs of students
  • Student crisis situations
  • Family transitions
  • Higher education issues
How Is a Student Referred to the School Counselor?
  • Self-referral
  • Teacher, administrator or staff referral
  • Parent referral
  • Counselor Observation
Minimum Qualifications for a Virginia School Counselor
Master's Degree
State Certification
For More Information About School Counselors Visit the Following Website