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Counseling

Valhalla Counseling Department

300 Columbus Avenue
Valhalla, New York 10595
(914) 683 - 5004

Mission Statement

The counseling department collaborates with Valhalla High School faculty and staff to assist our students. Counseling services at Valhalla High School are designed to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of students at each grade level. Students are assigned to a counselor upon entering the high school and remain with that counselor until graduation. This assures continuity of services and enables counselors to establish a personal relationship that best addresses the developmental needs of the students.

Valhalla counselors strive to support students and families in having a productive and successful high school experience through academic planning, career and college planning, personal counseling, and advocacy. Counselors respect the confidentiality of the partnership they create with students and their families. It is the counselor’s goal to foster positive, productive and rewarding relationships through a student’s journey through high school.

School Counselor Responsibilities and Duties

This is a guide for the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program focused on the academic, career, and personal/social development skills of students through individual, group and classroom lesson delivery systems.  Professional school counselors are advocates, leaders, collaborators, and consultants who create opportunities for equity in access and success in educational opportunities by connecting their programs to the mission of schools and subscribing to the following tenets of professional responsibility (ASCA, 2010).

Academic Counseling

In assisting student academic growth and success, school counselors:

  • Serve as an advocate for students and parents.
  • Create and develop individual plans with academic strategies, as needed.
  • Work with teachers, students, and parents on supporting academic success.
  • Assess, review, and evaluate educational progress and goals with students.
  • Offer individual conferences to develop and support academic goals.
  • Evaluate and assist with academic issues through response to intervention strategies, parent/teacher meetings, and monitoring student progress (report cards and progress reports).

Social-Emotional Personal Counseling

In supporting student social-emotional wellness, school counselors:

  • During the school year provide support for students and families.
  • Maintain a climate of mutual respect for all members of the school community.
  • Collaborate with students, teachers, parents, and administration on problem solving.
  • Assist students in dealing effectively with social-emotional issues and family issues.
  • Adhere to all confidentiality laws in accordance to HIPPA, FERPA, and FOIL.
  • Provide access and support to students for all in-school and extra-curricular activities.
  • Provide families with community resources and referrals, as needed.
  • Work as a counseling team to be available for students throughout the day.

College and Career Advising

In preparing students for college and career readiness skills, school counselors:

  • Serve as a liaison with colleges and universities.
  • Provide information and assistance for all post-secondary education options.
  • Develop a college transition program for students and parents.
  • Create a career exploration activity to assist in an understanding of the student’s abilities and interests.
  • Review career goals, interests, abilities, and work values with students.
  • Establish a positive, productive, and involved relationship with higher education.

Communication

In supporting communication, school counselors:

  • Provide academic, college, and summer program information on website throughout the year.
  • Provide evening programs to students and parents to provide information on the college process, financial aid process, the high school experience, and recognition programs.
  • Participate in classroom presentations throughout the school year.
  • Serve on various building/district committees to participate in policy and academic discussions.