Counseling Department

GWHS Counseling Department Mission Statment

The mission of George Washington High School’s professional school counselors is to promote diversity, equal access, and engagement for our students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing citizens in our diverse society and to compete in the 21st century global economy.  In partnership with other educators, parents and the community, school counselors ensure that every student has equal access to quality, thorough, uniform, well-rounded educational opportunities in a safe, civil environment in order to enhance student academic, career and personal/social success.

Why High School Counselors?

High school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope.  It is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them.   Secondary school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement.  School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.

What Professional School Counselors Do

Secondary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population.  Secondary school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program.

Secondary School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by providing:

  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Post-secondary planning and application process
  • Career planning
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Naviance training
  • Personal Educational Plans
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communications, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and study skills
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness
  • Goal setting, academic, & career plans
  • Problem solving
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Post-Secondary transition plans
  • Educational counseling
  • College advising/Senior conference
  • Career counseling, which may include career information and job information
  • Coordinate parent, teacher conferences & student-teacher conferences
  • Student recommendations
  • Work permits
  • New student enrollment
  • Individual and small-group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Counseling referrals
  • Mediation
  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation

School Counselors collaborate with:


  • Academic planning/support
  • Post-secondary planning
  • Scholarship/financial search process
  • School-to parent communications
  • School-to work transition programs
  • One-on-one parent conferencing
  • Referral process



  • Academic support services
  • Program planning
  • Peer tutoring program
  • Crisis management
  • Transition programs


  • Providing recommendations and assisting with the post-secondary application process
  • Classroom guidance lessons on post-secondary planning, study skills, career development, etc.
  • School-to-work transition programs
  • Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
  • Classroom speakers


  • Academic support interventions
  • Behavioral management plans
  • School-wide needs assessments
  • Data sharing
  • Student assistance team development


  • Job shadowing, work-based learning, part-time jobs, etc.
  • Crisis interventions
  • Referrals
  • Career education