According to the American School Counselor Association, school counselors, previously referred to as guidance counselors, help every student improve academic achievement, personal and social development, and career planning. School counselors in the 21st Century are highly trained educators in PreK-Grade 12 settings who uphold ethical and professional standards to design, implement, and manage comprehensive, developmental, results-based school counseling programs that promote and enhance student success.
School counselors address the academic and developmental needs of all students, not just those in need, by collaborating with students, parents, school staff, and the community. School counseling programs possess a foundational mission and goal that are aligned with the mission and philosophy of their school district. These programs help every student develop competencies at every level.
Adapted from the American School Counselor Association, 2008.