Why School Counselors?
Secondary School Students'
High school is the final transition into adulthood and
the world of work as students begin separating from parents and
exploring and defining their independence. Students are deciding
who they are, what they do well, and what they will do when they
graduate. During these adolescent years, students are evaluating
their strengths, skills and abilities. The biggest influence is
their peer group. They are searching for a place to belong and rely
on peer acceptance and feedback. They face increased pressures
regarding risk behaviors involving sex, alcohol and drugs while
exploring the boundaries of more acceptable behavior and mature,
meaningful relationships. They need guidance in making concrete and
compounded decisions. They must deal with academic pressures as
they face high-stakes testing, the challenges of college
admissions, the scholarship and financial aid application process
and entrance into a competitive job market.
High school years are full of growth, promise,
excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope. It is the time
when students begin to discover what the future holds for them.
Secondary school counselors enhance the learning process and
promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are
essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire
positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and
realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing
members of the world community. The professional high school
counselor holds a master's degree and required state certification
in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going
professional development to stay current with educational reform
and challenges facing today's students. Professional association
membership is encouraged as it enhances the school counselor's
knowledge and effectiveness.
High school counselors are strongly encouraged to
implement a comprehensive, data-driven counseling program that
serves the needs of ALL students. The Boone Grove High School
counseling program is working towards this goal of implementation
using the ASCA (American School Counseling Association) model.