ASCA National Standards

ASCA National Standards




The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is an organization that supports school counselors' efforts to help students in their academic, personal/social, and career development.  ASCA has developed national standards for all students, which define the knowledge or skills students should acquire from the result of participating in a school counseling program.  The guidance lessons taught in the classrooms are organized and influenced with these national standards in mind.  


Academic Development

  • Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills contributing to effective learning in school and across the lifespan.
  • Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options, including college.
  • Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community.

Career Development

  • Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.
  • Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction.
  • Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training, and the world of work.

Personal / Social Development

  • Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.
  • Students will make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals.
  • Students will understand safety and survival skills.