The Thomas L. Sims Middle School Counseling Program will assist in the development of a positive school climate where staff, students, parents, and community partners work together as one. The program will also promote student success through the implementation and delivery of the Santa Rosa County Schools K-12 School Counseling Curriculum.
The mission of Santa Rosa District's School Counselors is to provide a developmental and systematic comprehensive program that ensures academic, personal, and social growth, career development, and community involvement for all students. Our goal is to assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become successful students, responsible productive citizens, and lifelong learners.
Who are certified school counselors?
Certified school counselors, formerly referred to as “guidance counselors” are professional educators who have a master’s degree or higher in school counseling, and are certified or licensed by the state in which they work. Certified school counselors possess the qualifications and skills necessary to address the full range of students’ academic, personal, social, and career development needs.
Certified school counselors provide services in the schools based on student needs and interests, including but not limited to:
Mental, emotional, social, developmental, and behavioral services to students and families
Academic support services, including organizational, study and test-taking skills for students;
Career awareness, exploration and planning services
School crisis intervention and response services
Coordination and referral to area mental health resources for students and families.
Today, there are over 100,000 highly trained professional school counselors working in America’s public schools. Certified school counselors are on the front lines helping all young people succeed, impacting their futures on a daily basis.
Certified school counselors are in the unique position to understand the needs of students and their families and to design and coordinate learning experiences to meet those needs. They are accountable for services to students, parents, and teachers and are knowledgeable concerning comprehensive school counseling. Certified school counselors are committed to quality educational opportunities that promote success for all.
Certified school counselors play an important role in the creation of an educational environment which facilitates the stated beliefs:
ALLstudents are capable of high achievement and deserve to be surrounded by an environment of high expectations.
ALLstudents have the right to opportunities for learning and developing skills for full participation in society.
ALLstudents need access to knowledgeable individuals who are dedicated to providing a wide variety of educational and career options, and are full partners in student development.
ALLstudents, parents, educators, and members of the community share the responsibility for the general welfare and success of each individual.
ALLstudents have the right to a safe, respectful school environment.