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Counseling Services

The district has a comprehensive school counseling program that includes: a guidance curriculum to help students develop their full educational potential, including the student's interests and career objectives; a responsive services component to intervene on behalf of any student whose immediate personal concerns or problems put the student's continued educational, career, personal, or social development at risk; an individual planning system to guide a student as the student plans, monitors, and manages the student's own educational, career, personal, and social development; and systems to support the efforts of teachers, staff, parents, and other members of the community in promoting the educational, career, personal, and social development of students. The district will make a preview of the program, including all materials and curriculum, available to parents to review during school hours.
  • The school counselor will provide information to students and parents about college and university admissions and the importance of planning for postsecondary education, including appropriate coursework and financial aid availability and requirements.In either grade 7 or 8, each student will receive instruction on how best to prepare for high school, college, and a career.
  • High school students and their parents are encouraged to talk with a school counselor, teacher, or principal to learn more about course offerings, graduation requirements, and early graduation procedures. Each year, high school students will be provided information on anticipated course offerings for the next school year, how to make the most of academic and career and technical education (CTE) opportunities, and the importance of postsecondary education. The school counselor will also provide information each year a student is enrolled in high school regarding: the importance of postsecondary education; the advantages of earning an endorsement and completing the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement; the disadvantages of pursuing a high school equivalency exam (GED) as opposed to earning a high school diploma; financial aid eligibility and how to apply for financial aid; automatic admission to state-funded Texas colleges and universities; eligibility requirements for the TEXAS Grant; availability of district programs that allow students to earn college credit; availability of tuition and fee assistance for postsecondary education for students in foster care; and availability of college credit awarded by institutions of higher education to veterans and military service members for military experience, education, and training. Additionally, the school counselor can provide information about workforce opportunities after graduation or technical and trade school opportunities, including opportunities to earn industry-recognized certificates and licenses.
  • Students who have a financial need according to federal criteria and who complete the foundation graduation program may be eligible under the TEXAS Grant Program and the Teach for Texas Grant Program for scholarships and grants toward tuition and fees to Texas public universities, community colleges, and technical schools, as well as to private institutions. Certain students who graduate early may also be eligible for the Texas First Scholarship Program. Contact the school counselor for information about other scholarships and grants available to students.
  • School counselors and LPCs are available to assist students with a wide range of personal, social, and family concerns, including emotional or mental health issues and substance abuse. A student who wishes to meet with the school counselor should visit the campus counselor’s office. As a parent, if you are concerned about your child’s mental or emotional health, please speak with the school counselor for a list of resources that may be of assistance. If your child has experienced trauma, contact the school counselor for more information.

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