Counseling & Guidance
The purpose of the school guidance program is to promote and to enhance the learning process. School counselors work closely with administrators, teachers, parents, and the community to support the Plano ISD mission and accomplish goals with focus on three strands of guidance: academic success, college/career information, and personal/social development.
Comprehensive guidance and counseling is an integral part of each school’s educational program. A developmental school guidance program includes activities which are organized and implemented by certified school counselors and are based on identified student needs. Emphasis at the elementary level is on prevention of problems which might affect school work and providing classroom guidance on such topics as study skills, problem-solving, communication skills, and conflict management.
Secondary counselors assist students in educational planning, including planning for college and career, through individual academic conferences for students and parents. Middle school counselors work with students and parents in developing individual 4-year plans for high school. Programs dealing with teasing, criticism, bullying, and anger control help students deal with peer pressure and learn to make wise decisions. High school and senior high counselors monitor academic progress and work with students to achieve academic goals. The guidance program at the high schools includes the college admission process, college entrance exams, letters of recommendation, college financial planning nights, and other post secondary plans. All counselors assist students with difficulties that interfere with learning and guide them in developing effective decision-making skills.
Counselors will work with parents and teachers to assist students in developing plans for academic and behavioral success. In addition, counselors coordinate standardized testing, work with peer support groups, and provide information about community resources. Parents are welcome to consult with their school counselor about the counseling program and their child’s special needs by calling the school for an appointment.