Mission of the School Counseling Program
The school counseling program is an integral part of the total educational process and is a shared responsibility of the entire school community. The professional school counselor collaborates with other school professionals in helping students learn. A successful program requires the support and participation of all school personnel, parents, guardians, outside agencies, and the community at large.
Our mission as school counselors is to provide a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program that will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to become effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers and lifelong learners. The school counseling program supports the school's academic mission by promoting and enhancing the learning process for all students through an integration of academic, career and personal/social development.
The program's ultimate goal is for all students to graduate with the competencies necessary to make self-directed, realistic and responsible decisions and to be successful contributors to society.
The American School Counselor Association web site offers more information about school counseling including articles for parents.
Philosophy of the School Counseling Program
An effective school counseling program is based on the following beliefs:
- All students have dignity and worth.
- All students can learn, grow, and achieve.
- Each child is unique and has his/her own developmental needs that impact learning.
- The school counseling program supports the school's academic mission by promoting and enhancing the learning process for all students through an integration of academic, career, and personal/social development.
- Each student has certain educational responsibilities and rights.
- The school counseling program serves all students.
- The school counseling program is comprehensive and systematically implemented.
- The school counseling program functions in collaboration with students, school staff, parents, guardians, and the community to ensure student success.
- The school counseling program is managed by state certified counselors.
- The Virginia Standards for School Counseling Programs and the ASCA National Standards for Students shall set the standards for the school counseling program.
- Professional School Counselors shall uphold the ethical standards specified by the state of Virginia and prescribed by the American School Counselor Association and the American Counseling Association.
For further information regarding the Albemarle County School Counseling Program, please contact Jay Thomas, Director of Secondary Education.
Albemarle County Schools
Office of Instruction
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902