The GCS school counseling program focuses on helping all students, K-12, apply academic achievement strategies, manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills, and plan for postsecondary options, including higher education, military, or the workforce.
School counselors are responsible for:
- individual student academic planning and goal-setting
- classroom lessons based on student success standards
- short-term counseling to students with referrals for long-term support
- collaboration with families, teachers, administrators, and the community for student success
- advocating for students at individual planning meetings and other student-focused meetings
- providing data analysis to identify student issues, needs, and challenges
At the elementary level, the school counseling program promotes successful student achievement by building decision-making skills, developing interpersonal skills, and broadening awareness and exploration of future educational and career possibilities.
At the middle school level, the school counseling program provides career planning and assessment tools to help students identify strengths, goals, skills, knowledge, and interests in possible career areas. Counselors assist students in developing Individual Graduation Plans with their parent/guardian.
By the time students reach high school, they have mapped out an IGP that reflects their educational and career objectives as well as the courses they will need to graduate. The IGP is updated annually as students more clearly identify post-graduation and career goals. Continued attention is given to assisting students to develop competence in decision-making, career planning, working with others, and taking responsibility for their own behavior. High school counselors work with students and parents on discovering post-secondary and financial aid options.