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The Office of Guidance and School Counseling (OGSC) builds the capacity of school counselors, school social workers, and SAPIS counselors in New York City to positively impact students' social-emotional development, academic success, and post-secondary outcomes. Guided by the standards of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA),the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), New York State Learning Standards, and Common Core Learning Standards, student support services professionals deliver a comprehensive program, which helps all students to be effective learners and contributing members of the school community.Professional resources for school counselors, school social workers, and SAPIS counselors are available at the Guidance Portal.
School counselors work in collaboration with the entire school community and are committed to the education and whole development of all students. The school counselor is a key "go to" student and staff support services professional. Services provided by school counselors address the three domains of the ASCA model:
1. Academic planning -- School counselors work closely with students to plan their course of studies, to support their school performance, to review progress, to set academic goals, as well as to implement academic interventions. School counselors communicate with families on an on-going basis to provide updates on student achievement and attendance, as well as to recognize successes.
2. Personal/social development -- School counselors focus on the whole development of students, facilitate social/emotional learning opportunities, connect students to activities and electives based on their interest, build home-school-community alliances, and provide on-going individualized attention to ensure student success. School counselors facilitate individual and group counseling, as well as crisis intervention counseling as needed.
3. Career and post-secondary development-- School counselors help students understand their strengths and talents, and how these abilities can be utilized in various college majors and careers. School counselors facilitate school-wide activities and guidance lessons related to post-secondary planning. School counselors aid students in the college admissions process, and all next steps to their secondary education.
As part of the school's guidance plan, school counselors also facilitate guidance lessons covering each of these domains. For more information, please see the School Counselor in NYC brochure or visit the Guidance Portal. For specific questions about the guidance program in your child's school, contact the principal, school counselor, or parent coordinator.
School counselors facilitate comprehensive guidance conferences for students and families to ensure their students' success in school, as well as in their future endeavors. Know what to ask for.Academic supports:
Social Emotional Supports for Academic Success:
Career and Post-Secondary Development:
Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialist (SAPIS) Counselors facilitiate a range of prevention and intervention services in grades K-12. The goals of the program are to:
Further information is available (here).
Key DOE Partnerships include:
Important areas of focus for school counselors include: