Counseling & Guidance
The purpose of the school counseling program is to promote and 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 growth. In addition, counselors coordinate standardized testing, work with peer support groups, and provide information about community resources. Parents are always welcome to consult with their school counselor about the counseling program and their child’s individual needs.
Elementary Guidance Services
The elementary guidance program in Plano ISD has a focus on academic success, personal and social growth (including personal safety), and career and college information. A developmental school guidance program includes activities which are organized and implemented by certified school counselors and are based on identified student needs. The elementary counselors respond to student and family needs with the guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual planning, and system support. The guidance curriculum components are self-confidence, motivation to achieve, decision-making (including goal-setting, planning, problem-solving skills), interpersonal effectiveness (including social skills), communication skills, cross-cultural effectiveness, and responsible behavior. Elementary counselors deliver guidance lessons that support and promote the learning process.