Counseling Services

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Counseling Services

What does an elementary school counselor do?

  • Teaches classroom guidance lessons
  • Facilitates short-term small group counseling
  • Provides immediate and short-term individual counseling
  • Works collaboratively with teachers and staff
  • Consults with parents
  • Provides information and/or referrals for community resources to families


Why do we need elementary school counselors?

  • A deliberate and comprehensive approach to teaching children social and emotional skills can raise their grades and test scores, increase enthusiasm for learning, reduce behavior problems, and enhance cognitive functioning.
  • Students who receive social skills instruction do better academically and socially.
  • There is a strong connection between emotions and learning. Students who can recognize and manage strong emotions are better learners.
  • Students who attend schools with a comprehensive guidance program do significantly better on standardized tests than students who attend schools without a comprehensive guidance program. The longer the students are in schools with comprehensive guidance programs, the more they outperform their peers on standardized tests.
  • Prosocial behaviors exhibited by students in the classroom were found to be better predictors of academic achievement than were their standardized test scores.