• Objectives of the Guidance Program

    All elementary school counselors in Loudoun county are required to teach the following objectives from the three major domains: academic development, career development and personal/social development from the "Standards for School Counseling Program in Virginia Public Schools." 

     

    KINDERGARTEN

    Academic

    Understand the expectations of the educational environment

    • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
    • Work cooperatively in small and large groups toward a common goal
    Career
    • Demonstrate goal setting
    Personal/Social
    • Demonstrate good manners and respectful behavior toward others
     
    FIRST GRADE

    Academic

    • Understand the importance of individual effort, hard work and persistence
    • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
    • Work cooperatively in small and large groups toward a common goal
    Career
    • Understand the concept of job and career
    • Understand the importance of teamwork in working toward a common goal
    Personal/Social
    • Understand how to make and keep friends and work cooperatively with others
    • Identify resource people in the school and community and understand how to seek their help
     
    SECOND GRADE
    Academic
    • Demonstrate individual initiative and a positive interest in learning
    • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
    • Work cooperatively in small and large groups toward a common goal
    Career
    • Understand that behaviors such as punctuality, courtesy, proper dress and proper language are essential to current and future successes
    Personal/Social
    • Exhibit the principles of character including honesty, trustworthiness, respect for the rights and property of others, respect for rules and laws, taking responsibility for one's own actions, fairness, caring and citizenship
    THIRD GRADE
    Academic
    • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
    • Work cooperatively in small and large groups toward a common goal
    Career
    • Understand the relationship of individual effort, hard work and persistence to achievement
    Personal/Social
    • Understand that Americans are one people of many diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and national origins who are united as American by common customs and traditions
    • Understand the importance of short term and long term goals
    FOURTH GRADE
    Academic
    • Demonstrate time management and organizational skills
    • Apply study skills necessary for academic achievement
    Career
    • Recognize the benefits of both individual initiative and teamwork
    • Identify hobbies and interests
    Personal/Social
    • Understand decision making and problem solving strategies
     
    FIFTH GRADE
    Academic
    • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses related to learning
    • Understand the choices, options and requirements of the middle school environment
    Career
    • Recognize that the changing workplace requires lifelong learning
    • Identify career choices through exploration
    Personal/Social
    • Understand change as part of growth
    • Identify the emotional and physical dangers of substance use and abuse
    • Use strategies for managing peer pressure