Comprehensive School Counseling Program

The school counselor's role is to be a partner in maximizing student achievement through counseling support, collaboration of staff, parents/guardian, and local community, and working with the student in the areas of academic, personal/social, and career development.

Using a developmental counseling approach, the program emphasizes a proactive, facilitative, and collaborative framework to access how students are different as a result of the school counseling program. School counselors use and collect data to assess achievement, progress, and program and services.

Counselors work with students in the classroom, in small groups and individually, to help insure maximum learning and growth.

Essential Learning Objectives

  • Goal setting
  • Self-knowledge
  • Self-management
  • Study skills
  • Academic support
  • Communication skills
  • Transition
  • Character education
  • Cultural competence
  • Protective behaviors
  • Social skills
  • School safety
  • Career awareness
  • Career exploration
  • Career planning and preparation
  • Career management and lifelong learning 


Mission

To inspire and empower all students: one goal, one plan, one dream at a time.

Vision

Every student will graduate from the Appleton Area School District prepared for his or her post -secondary options.


Availability

School counselors are assigned to all district schools. The schedule for the counselor is available either through the school office, the counselor, or the school counselor's supervisor.


Beliefs

  • All students have the right to a safe and supportive learning environment
  • All students have a right to services that build and amplify academic, career and personal/social growth
  • All students have the right to a rigorous education and quality opportunities for enrichment
  • All students have the right to be heard and treated with dignity and respect
  • Building relationships with teachers, parents, and community members is foundational for student success
  • All students receive services within the school counseling program on a by all for all basis
  • The school counseling program is consistent with the expected developmental stages of learning
  • Compassion is the basis for action


Functions

  • Plan and provide for developmental counseling and life experiences via individual, small group, and classroom sessions
  • Plan and provide staff development activities for professional staff
  • Provide services to parents in the form of consultation and parent groups
  • Consult and collaborate with student services and other school staff during scheduled team meetings as well as informally
  • Provide crisis and special need counseling for students, including referral to community agencies
  • Provide academic counseling for all students
  • Provide career counseling
  • Provide short-term personal/social counseling


Provision of Services

The comprehensive school counseling program is made available for all students through classroom, small group, and individual counseling. A written curriculum for the classroom component is available by contacting the school counselor.


Curriculum

AASD School Counseling Standards and Assessment K-6
School Counseling Curriculum Gr 7-8
School Counseling Curriculum Gr 9-12 


Contact

MaiKou Heu
School Counselor Program Support
(920) 832-6255
HeuMaiKou@aasd.k12.wi.us

Polly Vanden Boogaard
Director of Pupil Services
(920) 832-6114
VandenBoogaard@aasd.k12.wi.us


Aspects that Our School Counselors Support 

Academic Growth
  • Collaborating to develop skills and strategies to be a successful learner
  • Exploring academic opportunities 
  • Assisting students and families in creating academic goals and plans
Career
  • Delivering classroom information on post-high school planning
  • Conducting individual planning conferences at grades 8, 10 
  • Collaborating with community members and organizations to provide information and planning tools
Social & Emotional
  • Promoting a culture of learning by providing support to: 
  • Students 
  • Families 
  • Educators
  • Providing individual counseling, small group counseling, and connect families to community resources
Our Staff Collaborate
  • Collaborating on an ongoing basis with school staff and families to enhance student success
  • Connecting community resources needed to enhance personal growth
  • Advocating for the integration of the AASD School Counseling Curriculum
  • Participating as integral members of site Continuous School Improvement Teams
  • Adhering to the ASCA (American School Counseling Association) model
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