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What is a school counselor?

School Counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a Master's degree, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for each student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:

  • School Guidance Curriculum- designing ,structuring, and delivering classroom lessons designed to achieve specific competencies in all grades (personal/social, academic, career)and driven by the needs of the school population
  • Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)
  • Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs (counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, peer mediation, information-providing)
  • System Support- schoolwide program planning and implementation, consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families

 

School Counselor Leadership Roles at AMS:

  • Social/Emotional Learning/Character Development
  • Instructional Leadership Team
  • Bully-Prevention/Intervention
  • Building Assessment Coordinator (K-PREP, MAP, ITBS/CogAT)
  • 504 Plan Coordinator
  • IEP ARC Chairperson
  • ILP Coordinator
  • Athletic Eligibility
  • Gifted/Talented Referrals
  • Crisis Team

 

Confidentiality Statement
As professional school counselors, we will respect the rights of confidentiality of personal information disclosed during the course of conversation between ourselves and students except in the following cases: If the student presents danger to him or herself, if the student presents danger to others, if the student has been abused by others, if the student needs hospitalization or if required to do so by court order. We are bound by Federal and State law to break confidentiality in the above so mentioned situations and will do so to protect our students and to remain legally and ethically true to our profession.