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Effective School Counseling Practices Checklist

This checklist may be used by school districts to establish effective school counseling practices.

Recommended Elements

  1. Ensures that every student receives a systematic review of his or her academic progress and counseling regarding the educational options available during the final two years of high school.

  2. Gives first priority to:

    • Identifying students who are not earning credits at a rate which will enable them to graduate with the rest of their class.
    • Providing these students with the required counseling services funded for this purpose.

  3. Provides an individualized review of each student's academic records.

  4. Provides a meeting with each student, and where feasible, with the student's parent or guardian, to explain all of the following:

    • Student's academic record.
    • Educational options available to the student.
    • Course work and academic progress needed for satisfactory completion of high school.
    • Effect of such course work and academic progress on the student's options for postsecondary education and employment.

  5. Explains educational options, including, but not limited to:

    • Regional occupational centers and programs
    • Continuation schools
    • Academic programs
    • Any other alternatives available to district students

  6. Includes the services of teachers, counselors, and others to provide the individualized review and assistance to students, as noted above.

  7. Includes active participation of regional occuational program/center counselors in career guidance activities, to the maximum extent feasible.

  8. Involves the local business community in career guidance activities, to the maximum extent feasible.

  9. Was adopted at a public meeting of the governing board.

Questions: David Kopperud | dkopperud@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-1028 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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