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School Counselors provide individual and group counseling services for the purpose of assisting in the personal/social/academic and career development of students.


School Counselors serve as consultants in order to share professional expertise with students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, and other community members – within the confines of ethical and legal boundaries – for the benefit of students.

Coordination & Referral

School Counselors serve as coordinators to bring together people and resources in the school and the community for the fullest academic, social and personal development of students.

The School Counseling Curriculum

School Counselors provide students with important information and teach the necessary skills for educational and personal development and resiliency.

Academic Advising

School Counselors assist students in planning appropriate high school programs of study and extracurricular activities by providing relevant information and support.

College/Career Counseling

School Counselors assist students in developing and implementing post-secondary plans through resources and school course choices during their years at Essex High School.

Information Management

School Counselors and staff gather, evaluate, interpret, and disseminate information – within the confines of the laws to rights and privacy – to meet the need of students, the school, and the community.

Professional Development

School Counselors are responsible for the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of the knowledge, skills, and competencies which lead to their personal and professional growth and development.

Program Management

School Counselors and the School Counseling Director develop the processes and procedures for planning, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive program of school counseling services.

General School Counseling Services Provided for All Students

Grade 8

School Counselors:

*introduce the requirements for graduation from high school

*provide students and their parents sufficient information to make course selections for the 9th grade and plan for their future education.

*provide students and their parents with an orientation to the high school

Grade 9

School Counselors:

*provide students with resources available to them within the school and larger community.

*invite their students to meet with them individually

*introduce students to the  educational planning process for high school

*orient students to course selections for the 10th grade

*introduce students to the  school counseling  services that are available at the high school

*provide career counseling through Computer Application classes

Grade 10

School Counselors:

*invite their students to meet individually to update their  educational plan for high school

*orient students to course selections for the 11th grade

*PLAN (pre-ACT) registration

*meet individually with each student to discuss career information and PLAN results

*provide students with an orientation to vocational and technical programs available at Essex & Burlington Technical Centers

Grade 11

School Counselors:

*invite students to meet with them individually to update their  educational plan and develop post-secondary plans.

*PSAT, ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Test registration

*NEACAC College Fair

*College Information Nights

*post calendar for colleges visiting EHS and invite interested students to meet with them

*Financial Aid Information Meeting

*other college entrance tests & dates

*ROTC & military academy registration

*go over transcript and discuss credits necessary for graduation

credit status in the Spring

Grade 12

School Counselors:

*provide students and their parents information about senior  school counseling activities, tests, and financial aid

*help students explore career opportunities after high school

*provide students with their credit status, grade-point-average (GPA)

*assist students in understanding the college admissions process

*present College Information Night for students and parents

*provide information about the major sources of federal and state financial aid including state and local scholarships

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