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              Objectives of School Counseling Program                            
 
 

Elementary schools in Loudoun county focus on academic development, personal/social development and career development. We conduct guidance lessons every other week in all the classrooms to ensure that the students are given tools and strategies to help them navigate and succeed in these areas. All the schools in Loudoun county follow the "Standards for School Counseling Program in Virginia Public Schools." We will also provide small groups when it is deamed that a student would benefit from more individualized support.


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 toward a common goal

Career

  • Demonstrate goal setting

Personal/Social

  • Demonstrate good manners and respectful behavior toward 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 toward a common goal

Career

  • Understand the concept of job and career
  • Understand the importance of teamwork in working toward 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 toward a common goal

Career

  • Understand that behaviors such as punctuality, courtesy, proper dress and proper language are essential to current and future successes

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 toward 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 American 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 environment

Career

  • Recognize that the changing workplace requires lifelong learning
  • Identify career choices through exploration

Personal/Social

  • Understand change as part of growth
  • Identify the emotional and physical dangers of substance use and abuse
  • Use strategies for managing peer pressure

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