July 17, 2017



Community Superintendents


High School Superintendents


Field Support Center Teams


School Principals



Raymond J. Orlando, Chief Financial Officer



Guidance Counselors in High Needs Schools


This memorandum allocates funding to continue an initiative that began in FY 2016 to support high-need schools by funding a guidance counselor to positively impact students' academic success, social emotional development, and post-secondary planning. The schools that were included in FY 2017 are included again in FY 2018.


The following selection criteria were initially used to identify participating schools:

         Secondary schools serving grades 7-12 that had neither a guidance counselor nor a school social worker during the year prior to selection;

         Focus, Priority, Persistently Dangerous or Potentially Persistently Dangerous, and/or Renewal schools that lacked a full-time guidance counselor (less than 1.0 FTE guidance counselor) in the year prior to selection; and

         Potentially Persistently Dangerous schools with a School Violence Transitional Index exceeding 3.0 that had 1.0 FTE guidance counselor in the year prior to selection.


The identified schools are receiving funding to support one full-time guidance counselor or full-time bilingual guidance counselor who will be responsible for delivering a comprehensive program supporting all students to be effective learners and contributing members of the school community. The funding may not be used to support any other pedagogical or non-pedagogical positions.


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 student and staff support services professional. Services provided by school counselors address the three domains of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model:

         Academic Planning

         Personal/Social Development

         Career and Post-Secondary Development


The position will be budgeted at the average guidance counselor salary in the allocation category TL GUIDANCE SUPPORT HIGH NEED.


Download a copy of the School Allocation Memorandum No. 53, FY 2018



Table 1 Guidance Counselors in High Need Schools Allocation Summary

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C: Lois Herrera

Jaye Murray

Robert Weiner