Your role as a School Counselor
School counselors are certified licensed educators who improve student success for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. They are vital members of the education team and maximize student success.
Why is it important?
As a part of AP for All, we rely on school counselors with implementing the programmatic aspects of the initiative, especially when it comes to AP student recruitment, student and family engagement, and enforcing a supportive environment for all students for success in AP through:
- individual student academic planning and goal setting
- school counseling classroom lessons based on student success standards
- short-term counseling to students
- referrals for long-term support
- collaboration with families/teachers/administrators/community for student success
- advocacy for students at individual education plan meetings and other student-focused meetings
- data analysis to identify student issues, needs and challenges
As one of the first points of contacts for students to enroll in AP, school counselors play a huge role in establishing equity in the program. With our support, school counselors can help to make college-and-career readiness a reality for all students.
AP for All’s family engagement component, Advanced Placement Parent and Community Engagement (AP PACE) , aims to further stakeholders and was designed to build a community of families, school staff, and students who will serve as a network of support within their school communities. The core idea is to leverage existing assets and skills of families while building their capacity and knowledge in regard to the benefits of AP courses, what it means for students to be college and career ready, and the importance of family involvement. AP PACE aims to further stakeholders and involvement in student achievement by supporting the college-ready culture of schools among families and students.
Much of this work aligns with the typical role and responsibilities of school counselors. Click here to access our library of resources made available to school counselors and the broader AP PACE team.