MIDDLE SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
Reports to: Middle School Principal
The School Counselor is responsible for providing a comprehensive school counseling program that is preventative in design, developmental in implementation, and supports High Point Academy students in the areas of academic achievement, career and college planning, and personal and social development. The Counselor also serves as a consultant to educators, families and community partners. Counselors works closely with faculty and staff of local school, social services agencies and personnel from other school systems and parents.
The School Counselor is responsible for developing, implementing and managing a comprehensive school counseling program to serve the academic, social and career development needs of students enrolled in High Point Academy. The primary purpose of the comprehensive school counseling program is the support of the instructional and academic goals of the school.
Individual Student Planning:
Prepares students for the transition to the next level: high school and post high school.
Plans and coordinates programs such as career and high school fairs, test skills preparation, improved/perfect attendance celebrations and other extensions of the counseling program to support students’ knowledge of post-secondary options.
Assist students in navigating their academic, workplace and community experiences, through the use of individual student planning which includes individual graduation portfolios (IGP), student interviews and other planning tools.
Collaborates with parents/guardians and educators to assist students with educational and career planning. Participates in school management teams in order to advocate for students needs and provide guidance for school staff.
Guides, coordinates and supports other school staff in implementing school wide advisory programs.
Uses responsive counseling strategies to establish relationships and collaborate with educators, students, families, and community partners which reflect recognition of and respect for each individual. And promotes an understanding and appreciation of diverse population and cultures.
Assists families in obtaining services for their children through an appropriate referral and follow-up process.
Serves as liaison between the social services agencies (i.e., D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA)) and personnel from the various school systems where wards of the District of Columbia are attending school.
Assists teachers in understanding their students, including providing and interpreting student data.
Provides in-service training on topics related to the school counseling program and supporting student achievement
Conducts at minimum a yearly program audit to review the extent and quality of program implementation.
Prepares and submits a variety of requested reports and data, to ensure fulfillment of established program requirements.
Uses all available data, including academic grades, discipline referrals and attendance data, to identify students in need and to deliver services.
Interprets tests, student data and other assessment results appropriately within the counseling environment for the purpose of developing and implementing academic plans for individual students.
Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in school guidance and counseling.270
Meets South Carolina certification requirements for school guidance and counseling and retains a current and valid certification as a professional school counselor.
Ability to learn the student information system (PowerSchool).
Familiarity with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, ASCA National Standards, ASCA School Counselor Competencies and ASCA School Counselor Performance Standards.
Ability to learn and follow directives of the Principal, internal operating procedures and other guidelines established.
Ability to analyze data to inform work and decision making, analyze and evaluate available data, assess student needs and develop and implement procedures and policies to support student achievement.