School counselors are assigned to every campus within Red Oak ISD to support students and families with counseling needs. In addition, support counselors are housed at secondary campuses. The role of the school counselor is to provide emotional and social support while fostering a safe and caring environment for all Red Oak ISD students.
Texas law mandates school counselors to integrate four key components through a comprehensive school guidance program. These components include a guidance curriculum, individual academic planning, responsive services, and system support. These key components are included in the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs which the Texas Counseling Association publishes in accordance with its licensing agreement with the Texas Education Agency.
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that addresses all students' academic and personal/social development needs. Because we expect all students to be productive members of the school community, the counseling program will identify and remediate barriers to learning-which will help all students to soar to new heights!
The role of Red Oak ISD counselors is to help all students at their local campuses fully develop their academic, career, personal, and social abilities. School counselors work with the school faculty and staff, students, parents, and the community to plan, implement, and evaluate developmental guidance and counseling programs for all students.
(TEC. Section 33.005)
Red Oak ISD counselors are state-certified professionals with a master’s degree in counseling that have a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience. They must have passed a state-mandated test and received certification from the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). Counselors continue their professional development by attending workshops and conferences on an ongoing basis.
The school counselor’s job includes:
• Counsel individuals and small groups of students to meet identified needs.
• Deliver the guidance curriculum and assist teachers with the school’s guidance curriculum.
• Consult with parents, teachers, and other staff regarding concerns about students’ needs.
• Coordinate people and resources in the community for the benefit of students.
• Participate in planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program to serve all students.
• Know about and adhere to the ethical, legal, and professional standards of the counseling profession.
Students may come by or contact the counseling office anytime to make an appointment or speak with a counselor. Students may also be referred to a counselor by a teacher, administrator, staff member, parent, or peer. Counselors may also request to visit a student based on observations or concerns about a student’s behavior or actions.
• Assist new students with the transition to school
• Guide students through registration and orientation
• Address academic achievement concerns, post-secondary plans (college, technical schools, financial aid)
• Interpret standardized tests and results
• Direct students to academic assistance
• Intervene in crisis situations
• Provide counsel for family transitions (i.e. death, divorce, re-marriage, new sibling, etc.)
• Mediate peer disputes
• Help students adjust to school, changes
• Develop student intervention teams
• Counsel students with personal or educational concerns
• Provide referrals to special programs
• Facilitate parent/teacher communication
• Review student records
• Provide career, college, and financial aid information
• Assist teachers with student needs
• Provide referral information on community resources for eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, suicide, etc.
• Provide summer school information
• Organize an annual college night event