Goals of Counseling Program


THE GOALS OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM ARE:


  • To help students in developing the ability to make decisions regarding personal, social, and educational matters.


  • To assist parent/guardian(s) in developing skills needed to support the student’s post-secondary enrollment and career exploration processes.


  • To support personalized assessment of the educational and career options available to each student.


  • To make appropriate referrals concerning community and school resources.


  • To assist students, parents, and others involved in addressing concerns and issues associated with the classroom and school environment.


  • To assist in the implementation of program accommodations granted as part of approved special education Individual Education Plans (IEP) or regular education 504 plans.




THE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF EACH STUDENT'S POTENTIAL BY:


  • Assisting the student in selecting a course of study to facilitate successful transition to postsecondary career and educational opportunities.


  • Providing counseling and advising that promotes individual growth and academic success.


  • Monitoring student academic progress as necessary.


  • Promoting effective communication between students, instructional staff, parent/guardian(s) and administrators.


  • Facilitating post-secondary enrollment in colleges and universities through activities such as:


  • Advising students on the enrollment decision process including appropriate academic preparation, admission application and testing requirements.

  • Assisting students and parent/guardian(s) in accessing the college financing delivery system.

  • Acquainting students with organizational tools and resources that support effective research on post-secondary educational options.

  • Encouraging the development of good goal setting and decision-making skills.

  • Preparing academic credentials required in the admissions process.


  • School counselors represent Longmeadow High School in numerous professional organizations, activities, and meetings that promote the reputation and visibility of Longmeadow High School particularly in relation to academic standards of excellence and college enrollment.




COMMUNICATION


  • THE POWERESCHOOL PUBLIC PORTAL gives students and parents the ability to view grades on a regular basis (please note - most LHS teachers use the PowerSchool Public Portal as their gradebook. Public Portal access will be provided to students and parents on an annual basis. Parent/guardian(s) are informed of academic progress through quarterly report cards and midterm progress reports. Parents/guardian(s) and students also have access to attendance and grades through the PowerSchool Public Portal.


  • PARENT CONFERENCES related to the student's progress may be initiated by the counselor, parent/guardian, teacher or other school administrator.


  • THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT CONTRIBUTES TO THE LHS NEWSLETTER to inform the community of testing dates, college representative visits, important academic schedule dates and other matters of interest.


  • THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE provides electronic access to information and services. Several evening programs for students and parent/guardian(s) regarding middle school to high school transition, college planning, and financial aid are offered each year.


  • THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT HOSTS AND PUBLICIZES VISITS by representatives of colleges, the military, and other organizations/agencies promoting post-secondary career opportunities.


  • THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES THE ANNUAL SCHOOL PROFILE detailing information on academic offerings, grading policies, student achievement, post-secondary placement and class results of admission testing.