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At Marist, the School Counseling Department provides “comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student achievement.” The programs we run are “comprehensive in scope, preventive in design, and developmental in nature.” Our outcome is to ultimately “create unity and focus toward improving student achievement and supporting student development. As put forth by the American School Counselors Association, “A comprehensive school counseling program is an integral component of the school’s academic mission. Comprehensive school counseling programs, driven by student data and based on standards in academic, career and social/emotional development, promote and enhance the learning process for all students.
The ASCA National Model:
• ensures equitable access to a rigorous education for all students
• identifies the knowledge and skills all students will acquire as a result of the K-12 comprehensive school counseling program
• is delivered to all students in a systematic fashion
• is based on data-driven decision making
• is provided by a state-credentialed school counselor
We “put forth a collaborative effort between the school counselor, families and other educators to create an environment promoting student achievement. Education professionals, including school counselors, value and respond to the diversity and individual differences in our societies and communities.” Furthermore, we “ensure equitable access to opportunities and rigorous curriculum for all students to participate fully in the educational process”. (adapted from the American School Counselors Association, http://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/PositionStatements/PS_ComprehensivePrograms.pdf )
Marist’s School Counseling program spans all four years. From Freshman Orientation through the Senior Breakfast in which they receive their diploma, students work with one of our three full time counselors throughout. This ensures that each family knows exactly who their in-school advocate is, and can develop a relationship with them during their time at Marist.
The Student Counseling Center is a spacious, seven-room suite located at the front of the building on the first floor. The center contains offices for each of the counselors, a College and Career Resource Center, and the Marist News studio.
A pleasant atmosphere pervades these physical facilities which contribute to the student’s ability to attain the guidance outcomes that we are aiming for.