SOUTHERN ELEMENTARY COUNSELING PROGRAM
The mission of the Southern Elementary School counseling program is to help prepare every student for success in the 21st Century by removing barriers to achievement for all students through empirically supported academic, career, and personal/social programming. Through the school counseling program, all students are challenged to explore their passions, interests, and talents, leading to increased engagement and continued growth. The data-driven comprehensive school counseling program collaborates with other educational stakeholders, such as teachers, administrators, parents, families, caretakers, the family resources center, and other community stakeholders to provide developmentally appropriate preventative and responsive counseling services to all students resulting in increases in academic achievement, personal growth, and in college/career aspirations and readiness
Every student will achieve greatness every day. Students will no longer see school as an obligation, but rather an opportunity to invest in their future. The Southern Elementary evidence-based data-driven comprehensive school counseling program will know it has achieved its vision when students overcome environmental barriers to achieve success academically, personally, and socially. Students transitioning to Sharp Middle School will exhibit self-awareness of their talents, self-worth and capacity for greatness. Students will set short-and-long-term goals to empower them to navigate barriers and hurdles to become positive contributors to society, to their communities, and to their families.
Specifically, we have a vision for students to:
- Leave Southern Elementary with an awareness of their talents, self-worth, and capacity for greatness.
- Overcome barriers to success through evidence-based interventions designed around the identified needs of all students.
- Exhibit self-awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and use that knowledge to propel them towards achieving their identified goals.
- Have and continue to build high expectations for success.
- Gain, maintain, and apply college and career knowledge and skills necessary to successfully transition to middle school, high school and post-secondary opportunities.
- Navigate and overcome personal and environmental barriers to achieve personal and career success.
- Return the school’s investment in them through positively contributing to society, serving their school and community, and supporting the achievements of the next generation.
The School Counselors at Southern Elementary School believe:
- All students have significance, worth, and the potential to achieve success.
- All students – regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation – shall have equal access to all services (academic, career, and personal/social) provided by the counseling program and the school.
- All student needs can be best met through a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program in collaboration with all stakeholders.
- All students deserve learning experiences designed around the students’ needs in such a way as to make them personally meaningful to students.
- All students learn best when positive relationships are present and fostered by all educational stakeholders.
- The comprehensive school counseling program is tailored to meet students’ educational and developmental needs as identified through assessments, delivered using evidence-based programs, and evolved through data analysis of outcomes.
- The school counseling program provides valuable resources to be used in collaboration with educational stakeholders to increase equity and access to opportunity.
- The school counseling program serves a central role in meeting students’ developmental needs through interventions in academic, career, and personal/social domains.
- School counselors use the American School Counselor Association ethical standards to guide the work of the school counseling program.
- School counselors develop positive relationships and recognize the unique strengths and abilities possessed by each individual student as tools to achieve their goals.
- School counselors are leaders and agents of change in school culture and academic achievement.
- School counselors are advocates for every student.
School Counseling Program Goals
Fifth grade students scoring in the 27th percentile (Novice and not receiving IEP’s) on their Fall Reading Measure of Academic Progress scores (MAP) will participate in a Student Success Skill (SSS) small group counseling, that will increase their reading scores by 5% more than students who do not receive the tier two school counseling interventions by the Spring Reading MAP assessment. (Closing the Gap).
Students identified as having 3 or more office referrals (not receiving IEP’s) at the end of first trimester will receive Tier 2 or Tier 3 School Counseling Interventions in order to decrease office referrals by 50% in the third trimester compared to their first trimester. (Small Groups).
All fourth and fifth grade students participating in the Student Success Skills (SSS) classroom guidance interventions will increase their Math MAP scores by 5% and Reading MAP scores by 4% by the Spring 2016 Reading MAP assessment. (Core Curriculum)