Counseling Services and Information
The High School Counseling Program in the WJCC school division is concerned with all aspects of public school development. The primary goal of the program is to aid the academic, personal/social, and career development tasks that are essential for student success. Achieving this goal requires a collaborative effort by school counselors, parents, teachers, administrators, and other school personnel.
The High School Counseling Program consists of three components:
Academic counseling: The primary focus of academic counseling at the high school level is to familiarize the student with curricula choices, assist students in making appropriate course choices, and plan a course of study. Counselors also monitor the academic progress of students and interpret academic testing.
Career counseling: Career counseling includes programs that help expand students’ career awareness and help them explore the information necessary to make decisions about post-secondary and career choices.
Personal/social counseling: Personal/social counseling assists students in developing an understanding of themselves, the rights and needs of others, how to resolve conflict, and how to define individual goals which reflect their interests, abilities, and aptitudes.
For additional information or services see your school counselor.
All three of these components are conducted at schools in one of three ways. Students may receive these services through an individual meeting with the counselor, a small group session or with an entire classroom of students.
No student shall be required to participate in any counseling program to which the parents object. Parents may exercise their right to have students not participate (OPT OUT) in counseling activities by writing a letter to the school’s principal. Parents have the option, when writing the letter, to exempt students from all facets of the program or to allow participation in some parts of it.
This “opt-out” policy is applicable to the current year only and parents must request that their child not participate on an annual basis.
Additional Counseling Information
The variety of opportunities for college, professional and technical school, and post high school employment increases every day. All students and parents are invited to explore reference materials on occupational training, colleges, financial aid, and scholarships in the Counseling Office.
- Counselor Appointments: Students and parents wishing to meet with a counselor need to schedule an appointment. This is not only a courtesy to the counselor but may decrease a long wait. Students may stop by the Counseling Office before or after school or during their lunch to schedule an appointment.
- Schedule Planning: Notices for planning schedules with counselors are sent out annually. Parents should attend this appointment with their child. If the time given is inconvenient, reschedule it. Parents and students should plan ahead which courses the student wants as first choices along with several backups. While there, parents should ask for their child’s grade point average (GPA) and rank in class. Many students are unaware that class rank and GPA exist until it’s too late to change them.
- College Planning: It’s never too early to think about college! College catalogs are available in the Counseling Department career rooms and may be used by students and parents. The school has software available that includes information on all colleges in the country. A counselor or intern can show students and/or parents how to use the college selection software, called Project Discovery. Beware: college application deadlines vary tremendously. Some have two-part applications with Part I due as early as October of the senior year. Plan to attend College Night held in the fall. You will be able to talk with college recruiters and gather information about a variety of college programs and services.
- Recruiter Visits: Recruiters from colleges, trade schools, and the military visit schools throughout the school year. It is recommended that students make appointments as early as tenth or eleventh grade so they have enough information to help them plan for the future.
- Career Planning: In the fall, all seniors have a planning appointment with their counselors. Students who do not plan to attend college will be given career information, resume writing techniques, and job interviewing tips. Students who may want to apply for college at a later date are encouraged to take college entrance exams prior to graduation while still a student and in the habit of taking tests. The Educational Testing Service will keep their scores on file.
- Scholarships and Financial Aid: There are many sources for financial aid for college. The Counseling Department offers a workshop to help parents and students with the financial aid forms required by colleges. Notices about special scholarship opportunities are in the career room. Church leaders, employers, or clubs may also offer scholarships.
- Transfer or Withdrawal of Students: When a student transfers or withdraws, a parent will need to sign a release for records in the Counseling Office. Please let the Registrar know several days in advance so a packet with the necessary papers can be prepared.
- Multi-Cultural Affairs Program: This program provides quality services, programs, activities, and opportunities that educate, promote involvement, and stimulate holistic learning and development of minority students in WJCC schools. For more information, contact the main office.
- Conflict Resolution: Students can request mediation through their counselor or administrator. The mediation itself is a confidential process. The conflicting parties agree on mutually acceptable points and sign an agreement.