We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.  

Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)


The Role of A Guidance Counselor 

Many parents and students ask: What does the Guidance Counselor do anyway?

At one time, counselors were the face of class schedule changes, handing out college applications from their office, and the one to deal with those troublesome students who just can’t sit still during class.  

Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team.

Their first job is to help all students in the areas of academic achievement.  They regularly scan the grades of their students and see who is in risk of not passing and try to find ways to help them be more successful by offering interventions.  They communicate with school staff and with parents to ensure that students are finding their way to a successful academic experience.

Their second role is helping students with personal/social development.  Being an adolescent is hard; there are new pressures and issues that affect some students in negative ways.  The counselor is a trusted adult whom a student can turn to in time of trouble and who is educated in ways that can help students through tough situations and difficult decision making.

Counselors are also in charge of college planning and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.  They assist students in finding and selecting the correct schools that will prepare your student for the career path he or she is most interested in pursuing, meet all their academic expectations, and meet their social needs – all within your family’s financial constraints.

The school counselor is an integral role in education today.  They are an often underused resource that can help your student meet goals, make positive decisions, and be an intermediary between parents and teachers.  

Make sure you and your student build a strong relationship with the counselor to ensure that they know your student well.  This will help them be able to provide the best advice possible when choosing classes, determining the coursework needed for success, writing those very important letters of recommendation for college, and to work with you on your student’s behalf if needed.


Meet with the High School Counselor 

Your son or daughter will be starting high school in about 5 months.  Their high school counselor can be a great advocate and support for them during all of that time they’ll spend there.

Schedule a meeting with the HS Guidance Counselor to meet them, get to know them, help them understand your student’s goals, ambitions, and future plans.  It will be the start of a 4-year relationship that can be invaluable to you and your student.

TIP #1

Have you thought about summer school?  Taking a high school class during the summer before freshman year can help ease the transition from middle school. 

Check with the high school guidance counselor about options – maybe a core class or even a fun elective.  It’s a great way to prepare for the fall!

TIP #2

Get ready for those tests!  Make sure that your 8th grader gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast on the day of those important standardized tests.  There is a good chance that those results may be used by schools down the road.

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