Abingdon’s School Counseling Program is:
- based on specific goals and developmental student competencies for all students K-12.
- planned and coordinated collaboratively with administration, guidance advisory committee, staff, families, and community resources (e.g. ASCA, Arlington Department of Human Resources, Kennedy Center CETA) to support student achievement, personal growth, and safety.
- evaluated by the district counseling supervisor and site principal on specific goals and student competencies.
How Do We Help?
School counselors help with many situations, such as:
- changing families
- relational aggression
- academic/behavior supports
What Do We Do?
There are a variety of counseling services provided, such as:
- Classroom Guidance Lessons based on counseling curriculum
- Small Groups based on need
- Short Term Individual Counseling through student, teacher, and/or parent referral; typically lasting 6-8 sessions
- Consultation among teachers, parents, administrators and other helping staff members
- Coordination within the school for various services and activities, and outside the school for community referrals.
What Do We Teach?
There are three main areas of the counseling curriculum:
- Academic Achievement
- Social/Emotional Development
- Career Development
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program to prepare all students as successful, lifelong learners. Our program promotes the academic, personal, social, and career development competencies for our entire diverse student population. Our counseling program is one that supports a safe, academically challenging environment that engages all students through well planned and executed teaching strategies, develops positive social skills, and fosters productive, self-reliant citizens. Our team is a collaborative partnership with students, staff, parents, school division and community in an atmosphere of optimism, support, safety, and respect for all. In keeping with the vision of Abingdon School, our goal is to foster academic excellence through the integration of the arts, technology, and real world problem solving.
Counselors of Abingdon School believe:
- all students are worthy of respect and dignity
- all students have access to a comprehensive, developmental, and data-driven school counseling program that addresses their academic, career, personal, social and emotional needs and is run by a state certified professional school counselor
- all students regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender identity, deserve to have their cultural values and special needs considered when receiving program services
And that Abingdon’s school counseling program should:
- be based on specified goals and developmental student competencies for all students K-12
- be planned and coordinated collaboratively with administration, guidance advisory committee, staff, families, and community resources (e.g. ASCA, Arlington Department of Human Resources, Kennedy Center Changing Education through the Arts (CETA)program) to support student achievement, personal growth, and safety.
- be evaluated by the district counseling supervisor and site principal on specific goals and student competencies.
And that all counselors of Abingdon school:
- abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association
- Participate in professional development activities essential to maintain a quality school counseling program.