The San Diego Unified School District's Counseling and Guidance Program supports teaching and learning by assuring that all students achieve academic success and develop life skills through the acquisition of academic, career, and personal/social competencies, which will prepare them for meaningful participation in a diverse, changing world.
Credentialed school counselors provide comprehensive school counseling programs that incorporate prevention and intervention activities through school-wide assemblies and activities, classroom guidance lessons, intentional guidance groups, individual counseling, and collaboration with outside community resources. School counselors also assist students in ensuring they meet high school graduation requirements. The Crisis Response Team provides support to students, families and staff in the event of a crisis, emergency or traumatic situation. School counselors are also responsible for administering violence prevention curriculum and character education programs.
School counselors will:
Design and implement a comprehensive school counseling program based on the National Standards for School Counseling Programs and the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model
Ensure that students will receive guidance curriculum in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development. Provide intervention services for students experiencing academic and personal/social barriers to learning.Provide guidance and information to students and families to ensure success in student attendance, behavior, and graduation, and prevention of drug use and violence.
Provide resources to staff to ensure that each school counseling center is a family-friendly environment.
Ensure that students have access to a safe school climate necessary for academic and social/emotional growth.
All school counselors hold Bachelor's Degrees, with most school counselors holding Master's Degrees in the areas of Education, Counseling and Guidance, Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy. All school counselors in San Diego Unified hold a Pupil Personnel Services credential from the state of California.