The School Counseling Program in District 11 has nearly 75 elementary, middle, and high school counselors. In 2014, the Colorado Department of Education awarded School District 11 with the largest School Counselor Corps Grant to date. These funds are intended to help schools and districts decrease the student to school counselor ratios, increase the graduation rate, decrease the dropout rate, decrease college remediation rates, and increase college matriculation rates. All district school counselors hold a Master's degree and adhere to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model (a standards-based framework for school counseling programs).
To assist students in their progression through school by supporting students' efforts in enhancing and realizing their personal and academic potential, and to support staff and our community in their endeavors to increase student achievement and personal development.
The primary goal of the school counseling program is to promote and enhance student learning through three broad areas of student development.
- Academic development
- Career planning
- Social/Emotional development
Services are delivered across all three domains through the following:
- Individual Planning (i.e. academic planning, setting goals, interventions)
- Guidance Curriculum (i.e. classroom guidance lessons, career awareness, character education)
- Responsive Services (i. e. individual and/or group counseling, crisis management, drop-out prevention.
- System Support (i.e. parent education, professional development, community relations, consultations with teachers/others related to the program, & data analysis)
District 11 School Counselor Beliefs
- All students will have access to a comprehensive guidance curriculum.
- All students will have access to school counseling services and support that meets their unique needs
- School counselors will promote self-advocacy through classroom guidance.
- School counselors will advocate for all students by promoting student achievement in a safe and compassionate environment.
- All students will have the opportunity to access tools and develop skills to succeed and thrive.
District 11 School Counselor Corps Grant Goals
- 85% of graduating seniors will have accessed and completed on or more postsecondary opportunities, career credential or Career and Technical course offering by June 1, 2017
- FAFSA completion rate will improve by 5% during the 2015-16 school year and 8% during the 2016-17 school year at all schools under the Counselor Corps Grant. This will be accomplished through strategic year round planning and implementation by counseling departments. The 2017-2018 school year will see an 8% jump in FAFSA rate completion by the end of the school year.
- Transitional programming interventions will improve D/F rates at each middle school and high school under the Counseling Corps Grant school by 3% annually. A stretch goal of 8% is designated per year.
- The percentage of students who complete grade level ICAP milestones, as designated by Colorado Springs School District 11, will exceed 90% by the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year. Completion of the postsecondary ICAP, as designated by Colorado Springs School District 11, will begin in 2015-16 and exceed 60% completion rate for high school seniors at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year. The 2017-2018 school year will see 100% completion of ICAP milestones by all graduating high school seniors.