CMS School Counseling
The comprehensive school counseling program is an integral part of a school district's total educational program. It is developmental by design and includes sequential activities organized and implemented by school counselors with the active support of parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and the community.
As a developmental program, it addresses the needs of all students by facilitating their academic career, social emotional development, as well as helping create positive and safe learning climates in schools. At the same time, the program assists students as they face issues and resolve problems that may prevent their healthy development.
What does a School Counselor do?
School counselors help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
How do we do this?
The middle school counseling program is designed to focus on improving school climate and increasing academic performance. This is done through various forms:
- Classroom Lessons: Teaching, practicing, and engaging students with social skills
- Individual Student Planning: Assists students with educational/career planning, educational transitioning, and self-appraisal for decision making.
- Responsive Services: We are available and responsive to the unexpected needs of students and parents/guardians.
School Counselors Believe all students...
- Have dignity, worth, and the ability to learn;
- Have the right to participate in the school counseling program;
- Are considered in the planning and implementing of the program regardless of their ethnicity, culture, racial differences, and special needs.
- k-12, shall have access to a full-time, state-certified counselor holding a master's degree;
- And the Parents are actively engaged and are responsible for monitoring students progress with the aid of their school counselor.
Information students share with the school counselor is confidential. The stduents' righ to privacy is guarded as much as permitted by law, ethics, and school rules. The school counselor is obligated to break confidentiality when there is a potential harm to the student or others, concern of neglect or abuse, or a court of law that requires testimony or student records. The school counseloroften consutls with other school professionals, but only shares information necessary to achieving the goals of the consultation.