High school counselors spend a lot of their time helping students make sure their course selections are aligned with their goals for after they graduate. In particular, counselors assist students in researching post-graduation opportunities such as college or professional training. When students apply to colleges, they often seek guidance from their counselors on how to complete the application, what to write about for their admission essay, and who to get letters of recommendation from. Counselors also continue the work with students on their social and emotional development, study skills, decision making, problem solving, and resiliency.
In the Comprehensive School Counseling Curriculum adopted by the Boulder Valley Board of Education in March 2007, benchmarks of development are identified for each grade level. You can read more about those in the following excerpted pages from the curriculum document:
High School Curriculum Benchmarks
Secondary Benchmarks - Table Format