School Counseling Services

A detailed list of School Counseling Services for students at Fox Chapel Area High School

FOR STUDENTS IN ALL GRADES

Provide post-secondary planning guidance each year.
Assist students individually with course selection information for the following year.
Provide opportunities for academic, career, and personal counseling and/or referral to appropriate resources as needed.
Work with the Student Support Team (SST) to provide a support system for referred students.
Conduct classroom units to teach and facilitate various pieces of the School Counseling curriculum.
Collaborate with classroom teachers to assist with specified student outcomes.
Maintain accurate academic records.
Coordinate and assist with district standardized testing program.
Supervise pre-college testing program (PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP).
Collect and disseminate information about part-time employment opportunities.
Assist with summer orientation program for all students new to the school.
Participate in the IEP and 504 process for special needs students.
Collect and record data for school counseling publications and state reports.

FOR STUDENTS IN NINTH GRADE

Visit DMS in early March to conduct an 8th grade orientation to initiate the transition to the high school.

Conduct a ninth grade orientation unit through English/Social Studies in early fall to: introduce counseling staff; assist in making a smooth transition to the high school; explain credits, QPA, graduation requirements, 16 career clusters; stress the importance of and begin the process of making short term and long term goals; demonstrate the importance of involvement in actiivities; and to stress the importance of establishing effective study skills.

Meet with each student in March to assist with course selection for 10th grade.

FOR STUDENTS IN TENTH GRADE

Conduct a guidance unit through English/Social Studies classes to discuss career/post high school planning and introduce related materials available in the Career Resource Center.
Provide information on standardized testing for post-secondary education such as the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).
Provide orientation for training opportunities at A. W. Beattie Technical School for all students.
Meet with each student in March to assist with course selection for the junior year.

FOR STUDENTS IN ELEVENTH GRADE

Conduct two post-secondary planning units in English/Social Studies class regarding: career and post-secondary educational goals for both college-bound and non-college-bound students; provide a timetable and planning procedures for college admissions process.

Provide information on college admissions testing.

Host college, technical school, and military presentations to provide opportunities for students to meet and speak with admissions/recruiting personnel.

Supervise and monitor the students attending A.W. Beattie.
Meet with each student in March to assist with course selection for the senior year.

FOR STUDENTS IN TWELFTH GRADE

Conduct a post-secondary planning unit in English/Social Studies class emphasizing senior timetables and responsibilities.
Review each student's graduation status and counsel individual students whose graduation is uncertain.
Disseminate appropriate post-high school information including college visitations and scholarships.
Host college, technical school, and military presentations to provide opportunities for students to meet and speak with admissions/recruiting personnel.
Process student applications to appropriate post-secondary institutions & write letters of recommendation, upon request.
Provide scholarship information to students.
Administer a survey to seniors regarding their post-graduation plans.

PHILOSOPHY OF THE FOX CHAPEL AREA HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM:

The counselors in Fox Chapel Area School District believe:

All students have dignity, worth and the potential to succeed
Support from home, school, and community enhances all students' opportunity to reach their potential
All students have individual differences which need to be addressed by all personnel through the use of teamwork and collaboration
The interdependent areas of academic, career, ethical, social, emotional and physical development are equally important to all students

The Fox Chapel Area School District counseling program:

Is standards driven and developmentally based
Is comprehensive and equally accessible to all students
Is focused on students' personal responsibility, basic need fulfillment, and individual decision making
Is planned and coordinated by the school counseling team
Is based on the importance of prevention while providing intervention and ongoing support
Is strenthened by the collaboration, communication and support of the administration, staff, parents or guardians and community

The counselors in the Fox Chapel Area School District:

Abide by the ethical standards described by the American School Counselor Association
Act as advocates for all students
Provide and participate in professional development activities essential to maintain a quality school counseling program