The ultimate goal of comprehensive school counseling programs is student success. The program design, delivery system, and content are dedicated to enhancing the ability of all students to fully utilize the educational opportunities available to them. The program is delivered through the school counseling curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support. The three domains of academic development, personal/social growth, and career development are addressed in the program as it focuses on what all students, PreK-12, should know, understand, and be able to do within these domains in order to develop into contributing members of their communities.
Comprehensive school counseling programs, integral to the school’s educational environment, partner with other academic and behavioral initiatives to effect positive changes in student achievement and behavior. Targeted outcomes of fully implemented programs include increased student achievement, an improved graduation rate, better attendance, reduced disciplinary referrals, completed individual learning plans, and increased student participation in the community.
The school counselor serves as a school leader, student advocate, and team collaborator who works to remove systemic barriers to student success. School counselors plan the comprehensive school counseling program, and facilitate its delivery. Working together with school administrators, other professional educators, and community members, their collaborative approach produces measurable results that are shared and used to inform program improvement.