High school learners are qualitatively different than younger learners. The American School Counselor Association says that “High school students need guidance in making concrete and compounded decisions. They must navigate academic, peer and parental 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.” Because of these unique needs, high school counselors must be equipped to deal with the demands of dealing with young adults during a major turning point in their lives. An effective high school counselor will provide an environment that recognizes each person’s worth in a complex multicultural, changing society, one that supports and encourages each student to reach his/her potential. Spring ISD high school counselors provide essential services that may include, but not limited to the following:
- Meet with students and parents to review academic progress and select appropriate courses.
- Assist students and parents in understanding the college admission and financial aid processes by providing access to current, concise information concerning the wide range of postsecondary educational opportunities available. Some of these opportunities include entrance requirements, financial aid, curricular offering, costs, admission and financial aid deadlines, and the variety of early admission and early decision programs available.
- Assist students in setting realistic goals, developing decision-making skills, and accepting responsibility for the decisions they make.
- Address the special needs of students by keeping up-to-date on programs and resources.
- Work with the school instructional staff in understanding their role in supporting students as they make important educational and career choices.
The high school counselors of Spring ISD work very hard to maintain an “open door” policy for students and their caregivers to foster a collaborative approach during the final transition into adulthood and the world of work and/or post-secondary learning. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged. School counselor’s welcome parents to make an appointment and visit with them to discuss your student’s development.