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Role of the Counselor

The Role of a School Counselor

The Central York High School Counselors serve many roles as we seek to meet the needs of our students, helping them to learn and do their best every day.  See below also for a copy of the American School Counselor Association Role of the School Counselor.

The role of the School Counselor at Central York High School is to:
-   Provide confidential individual counseling to students who are facing obstacles that interfere with their education and serve as an advocate to shepherd students through the life changes of adolescence.

-   Assist student with life transitions and decision making

  • Prepare incoming students for academic and behavioral expectations of high school
  • Communicate with previous counselor about transitioning students with special concerns
  • Meet with parents and teachers of students with special needs, anxiety issues and histories of school difficulties as needed to ensure smooth transition
  • Assist students new and returning to Central by reviewing academic records to ensure appropriate placement in courses to meet CYHS graduation requirements
  • Conduct individual meetings with students on an annual basis to discuss career direction and career academy selection, and encourage use of appropriate resources for academic, career exploration, and post-secondary planning needs
  • Track student progress towards graduation, monitoring academic progress, suggesting strategies for success, determining appropriate retention and promotion, and recommending remediation through course repetition in summer school or subsequent school year
  • Maintain communication with parents about student progress and ongoing opportunities, directly and through information provided in quarterly Principal's Newsletter and on CYSD website
  • Meet individually with seniors to review graduation requirements, ensure readiness for post-secondary opportunities and recommend appropriate steps for admission to post-secondary schools
  • Support seniors in post-secondary admissions and financial aid processes by providing guidance, writing letters of recommendation, communicating with college admissions representatives, and maintaining accurate database of courses with NCAA Clearinghouse to assist students in athletic eligibility process

-   Connect students and families to resources and services within and outside of school.  Examples include:

  • Student Assistance, Peer Tutoring, School Social Worker, Diversity Specialist
  • District-provided services through the consulting psychologist and psychiatric evaluations
  • Mental health providers, MH/MR, Children & Youth Services, Probation Department, Crisis Intervention, York County Literacy Council, among others

-   Serve as support to students in all aspects of their education

  • Facilitate communication between students, parents and educators, mediating conflicts when necessary
  • Support IEP and GIEP process when appropriate
  • Oversee services given to students with 504 Plans
  • Guide decision-making about course selection and scheduling, career and post-secondary selections
  • Provide assistance with behavioral, disciplinary, and conflict resolution concerns

-   Facilitate transition to other types and sources of education when necessary.  Some examples include:

  • Homebound instruction
  • York County School of Technology
  • William F. Goodling Advanced Skills Center
  • York Adams Academy
  • Youthbuild at Crispus Attucks Center
  • Dual Enrollment at York College of Pennsylvania, Penn State York, and Harrisburg Area Community College

-   Coordinate and promote school wide opportunities that promote student success.  For example:

  • Parent education events (Getting Ready for College Night, Financial Aid Night, 8th Grade Parent Scheduling Night, Understanding PLAN Results Presentation)
  • Test coordination and administration (PLAN, PSAT, SAT, ASVAB, Advanced Placement)
  • Awards Assembly
  • Visits from college and university admissions representatives
  • Promotion and/or nomination of students to Future Leaders of York, Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar, Rotary Club Awards, PA Free Enterprise Week, and PA Governor's School, among others
  • Student Assistance Program
  • Peer Tutoring

-   Participate in school wide initiatives to benefit students, such as:

  • Assisting Career Center with organization and execution of 10th Grade Career Day, academy assemblies, 11th Grade Mock Interview Day and quarterly Exit Project presentations, among other events
  • Serving as advisors to students
  • Determining quarterly student eligibility lists for Athletic Department
  • Assisting with creation of master schedule of courses
  • Serve as member of school wide teams (student-centered teams, multi-disciplinary teams, core academy teams and career academies, etc.) to support student needs


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