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Loudoun County Public School Counselors
  Helping Students Succeed in School:
Counselors Help Students Learn
 
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     Each school of Loudoun County Public Schools has a school guidance and counseling program.  Licensed counselors are responsible for the organization and management of guidance programs in schools.
      Counselors work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to help students succeed in school and prepare for meaningful, productive living.  Guidance programs are child-centered, developmental, and preventive, and encourage students' academic, social/emotional, and career awareness at each stage of their development.
      Guidance services are inclusive and respectful of differences in gender, religion, ethnicity, race, ability and handicapping condition.
 
What are the objectives of the Guidance and Counseling Program?
 
All elementary school counselors in Loudoun County are required to teach the following objectives from the three major domains: academic development, career development and personal/social development from the "Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools."
 
Kindergarten
Academic
  • Understand the expectations of the educational environment
  • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
  • Work cooperatively in small and large groups towards a common goal
Career
  • Demonstrate goal setting
Personal/Social
  • Demonstrate good manners and respectful behavior towards others
First Grade
Academic
  • Understand the importance of individual effort, hard work and persistence
  • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
  • Work cooperatively in small and large groups towards a common goal
Career
  • Understand the concept of job and career
  • Understand the importance of teamwork in working towards a common goal
Personal/Social
  • Understand how to make and keep friends and work cooperatively with others
  • Identify resource people in the school and community and understand how to seek their help
Second Grade
Academic
  • Demonstrate individual initiative and a positive interest in learning
  • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
  • Work cooperatively in small and large groups towards a common goal
Career
  • Understand that behaviors such as punctuality, courtesy, proper dress and proper language are essential to current and future success
Personal/Social
  • Exhibit the principles of character, including honesty, trustworthiness, respect for the rights and property of others, respect for rules and laws, taking responsibility for one's own actions, fairness, caring and citizenship
 
Third Grade
Academic
  • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
  • Work cooperatively in small and large groups towards a common goal
Career
  • Understand the relationship of individual effort, hard work and persistence to achievement
Personal/Social
  • Understand that Americans are one people of many diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and national origins who are united as Americans by common customs and traditions
  • Understand the importance of short term and long term goals
Fourth Grade
Academic
  • Demonstrate time management and organizational skills
  • Apply study skills necessary for academic achievement
Career
  • Recognize the benefits of both individual initiative and teamwork
  • Identify hobbies and interests
Personal/Social
  • Understand decision making and problem solving strategies
 
Fifth Grade
Academic
  • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses related to learning
  • Understand the choices, options, and requirements of the middle school environments
Career
  • Recognize that the changing workplace requires lifelong learning
  • Identify career choices through exploration
 Personal/Social
  • Understand change as a part of growth
  • Identify the emotional and physical dangers of substance use and abuse
  • Use strategies for managing peer pressure
 
What Does a School Counselor Do?
  • Counsels with students individually and/or in groups
  • Responds to student needs in crises situations
  • Orients students to new school settings
  • Participates actively in the referral process of students to special programs and/or services
  • 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
  • Adheres to ethical and legal standards
 
How is a student referred to the school counselor?
  • Self-referral
  • Teacher, administrator or staff referral
  • Parent referral
  • Counselor observation
Why do parents contact a school counselor?
  • Academic achievement
  • New school registration, orientation and transition
  • Test interpretation
  • Special needs of students
  • Student crises situations
  • Family transitions

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last Modified on July 10, 2009