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Jacksonville Heights Elementary School Counseling Department

 
Jacksonville Heights School Counseling Mission:

It is the mission of Jacksonville Heights Elementary School Counseling Program to deliver a comprehensive and data-driven guidance program that champions academic achievement, personal/social growth, and career development for all students. The developmental, comprehensive, and preventative program promotes equity, access, and success for each and every student. School counselors at Jacksonville Heights are professional school advocates who, in collaboration with school faculty and staff, parents/guardians, and community partners, inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to thrive as productive and self-motivated citizens in a global economy and culturally diverse world.
 
 
Jacksonville Heights School Counseling Philosophy:

Jacksonville Heights Counselors believe: 

·         All students are capable of success

·         All students have dignity and self-worth

·         All students have the right to a safe learning environment

·         All students are provided equal access to high quality counseling regardless of ethnicity, family income, gender, native language, special needs, or area of residence

·         All students can and must be academically prepared to reach their highest potential and shall acquire the academic preparation essential to choose from a variety of personally appropriate educational, training, and employment options

·         School counselors serve as leaders within their school community and assume the role of student advocates for systematic change

·         All students have access to a school counseling program designed, coordinated, and delivered by two master’s-degree-level school counselors certified by the Florida Department of Education

The Jacksonville Heights Comprehensive Counseling Program should:

·         Be developmentally appropriate for all students in grades K-5 and be aligned with the academic, career, and personal/social domains of the American School Counselor Association National Model

·         Meet the needs of all students to positively impact student achievement

·         Be planned, coordinated, and executed by the school counselors in collaboration with school faculty and staff, a school advisory council, parents and/or guardians, and community partners

·         Actively involve school faculty and staff along with other pertinent stakeholders in the monitoring of student results

·         Utilize the many combined resources of the district, school, and community to deliver programs

·         Use data to drive program development and evaluation

·         Advocate for all students, including underrepresented student populations, to guarantee equitable access to educational resources and programs

·         Create a supportive environment in which all students can learn

·         Continuously monitor counseling program goals, school goals, student results, and other pertinent data to evaluate program effectiveness

 

The school counselor at Jacksonville Heights will: 

·         Be evaluated annually by school administration on specified goals and agreed-upon student competencies

·         Seek supervision and consultation when appropriate

·         Abide by the American School Counselor Association Ethical Standards

·         Take proactive and preventative measures through classroom guidance lessons, individual student planning, and system support to diminish the amount of time spent delivering reactive intervention

·         Collaborate with district, school, and community resources to support the needs of all students

·         Audit the program annually with the assistance of the Guidance Advisory Council and school administration

·         Use data to create and support school goals as well as goals for individual students

·         Seek professional development in order to become knowledgeable of new tools and strategies that will increase the effectiveness and quality of school counseling services

 
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