The Middle School Counselor


Provides activities that support a comprehensive program based on standards and benchmarks for student skill development in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social growth, career/community awareness, and health and wellness.
Provides individual, small group and classroom guidance activities.
Provides individual and small group counseling.
Consults with parents, teachers, administrators and community agencies.
Collaborates with faculty, administrators and other student services team members.

Roles and Responsibilities


Provides activities and coordinates effective management to all students of a comprehensive school counseling and guidance program based on standards, benchmarks and learner outcomes.
Conducts guidance sessions in the classroom to assist students with developing life long skills, e.g., problem solving, decision making, goal setting.
Assists students in tracking their own academic progress toward meeting promotional requirements using personalized tools such as Report Cards and Student Academic Histories in individual and group sessions.
Consults and collaborates with parents/guardians and teachers, to assist in developing appropriate strategies to promote and support academic achievement and improve student behavior.
Provides information regarding promotion and high school graduation requirements through group and classroom sessions.
Coordinates student services articulation, orientation and transition activities.
Conducts sessions with students to provide information and assistance with course selection.
Helps students and parents/guardian understand test information and options.
Provides individual counseling sessions to help students deal with crisis intervention, transitional issues, and personal and family concerns.
Provide individual and small group counseling for students with special needs.  Special needs include, but are not limited to, students:  with counseling on their Individual Educational Plan, who have been retained, with poor attendance, dealing with a crisis, with discipline referrals or difficulty with peer relationships.
Provides information on high school options such as:  Magnet Schools, Career Academies, Vocational/Technical Schools, and International Baccalaureate programs; and academic acceleration options available in high school such as Florida Virtual School, dual enrollment classes, and Advanced Placement courses and the 18-credit accelerated graduation paths.
Advises students of remediation options available in their school/community.

Resources


Middle School Counseling Program
Grades 6-8
Links
 
Florida's School Counseling Framework
Project Upstart Homeless Children & Youth Program
Middle Moves
Transition Tools
Student Advising
Getting Ready for High School - revised July 2010