School counselors are an important resource and partner for our students, providing guidance and support in a variety of areas to help them be successful in their academic, post-secondary and personal lives.
Counselors in the Boulder Valley School District
- Provide curriculum in the areas of academic success, career development, and life skills
- Teach, promote, and model the New Century Graduate skills
- Advocate for ALL students
- Promote district and school goals such as achievement, cultural diversity, equity and school safety
A comprehensive elementary school counselor provides education, prevention and intervention services in the areas of academic, career and social/emotional development supports.
It is important to note that elementary counselors are not therapists; rather they are professional educators with a mental health perspective. They typically spend the majority of their time working on universal instruction and working with all students. The elementary counselors will work in collaboration with administration, teachers, the mental health team and parents to determine the needs of all students within each building.
School counselors who work at the middle school level help the students in a variety of ways:
- Identification of Interests and Academic Aptitudes
- Goal Setting, Course Selections, and Academic Achievement
- Academic Interventions / Response to Intervention
- Development of Social Skills / Resistance of Peer Pressure
- Development of Decision Making and Problem Solving Skills
- Transitioning Successfully to High School
To find out who the school counselor is at your child's middle school, contact the school office.
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.