Philosophy

The School Guidance and Counseling Department believes in the uniqueness of each person and is committed to responding to each individual’s special qualities and needs. Counselor recognize each student as a whole person with personal, social, academic, and career goals, including the development of a realistic and positive self-concept; the ability to develop significant relationships with others; the learning of decision making and coping skills; and the acquisition of appropriate academic and vocational/technical knowledge necessary to becoming a responsible, contributing member of society. Because the successful completion of these adolescent developmental tasks has become increasingly complicated in our modern society, the guidance department believes that cooperation among counselors, teachers, parents, administrators, and the community is essential to helping each student reach his or her full potential. The department is committed to that spirit of cooperation and to the program development for the benefit of each individual student. The counselors follow the Ethical Standards for School Counselors as developed by the American School Counselor Association.

Organization

The Rockbridge County High School Guidance and Counseling Department employs three full-time certified counselors, each of whom has a master’s degree in counseling. The office provides a plethora of services and programs designed to meet individual needs and enhance student development  The Program consists of:

A) Academic Counseling—Counseling which assists students and their parents to acquire knowledge of the curricular choices available to students, to plan a program of studies and a choice of majors, to arrange and interpret academic testing, and to seek post-secondary academic opportunities.

B) Career Counseling—Counseling which helps students acquire information and to plan action about jobs, apprenticeships, and post-secondary educational and career opportunities.

C) Personal/Social Counseling—Counseling which assists students to develop an understanding of themselves and the rights and needs of others; to know how to resolve conflict; and to help to define individual goals, reflecting interests, abilities, and aptitudes.

The guidance and counseling program is designed to meet as fully as possible the needs and interests of the student. Classroom guidance activities (Freshman Foundations, Sophomore Sessions, Junior Journey, and Senior Series) are specifically tailored to address career exploration, preparation for college admission, and preparation for entering the work force. Programs are implemented for students with academic needs: study skills sessions, tutoring services, and parent-teacher-student-counselor conferences.

We counselors encourage students and parents to talk with us about concerns, problems, questions, or suggestions. You may review any material used by the department. Parents may notify the guidance department in writing if they do not want their child to participate in the personal/social counseling program. We are here to help.