The American School Counselors Association (ASCA) states, "Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success." Elementary counselors play many roles within the school – most importantly to help students become emotionally, behaviorally and socially successful in the classroom. Elementary counselors hold a master's degree and are certified in school counseling.
Elementary counselors provide services though a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on preventative education. The core components include classroom lessons, small groups, school-wide programs and consultation. In addition to the core components of the guidance curriculum, school counselors also coordinate district testing, new student inquiries and various activities that promote student social and academic success.
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