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    Each school in Loudoun County Public Schools has a school counseling program.  Licensed counselors are responsible for the organization and management of counseling programs in the schools.
     
    Counselors work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to help students succeed in school and prepare for meaningful, productive living.  School counseling programs are child-centered, developmental, and preventive.  These programs also encourage students' academic, social/emotional, and career awareness at each stage of their development.
     
    School counseling services are inclusive and respectful of differences in gender, religion, ethnicity, race, ability, handicapping condition, and age.
     

     
    What Are the Objectives of the School Counseling Program?
     
    All elementary school counselors in Loudoun County are required to teach the following objectives from the three major developmental domains:  academic, career, and personal/social from the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model. 
     

     
    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 towards a common goal
     
    Career
    *  Demonstrate goal setting
     
    Personal/Social
    *  Demonstrate good manners and respectful behaviors towards 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 towards a common goal
     
    Career
    *  Understand the concept of job and career
    *  Understand the importance of teamwork in working towards 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 towards a common goal
     
    Career
    *  Understand that behaviors such as punctuality, courtesy, proper dress and proper language are essential      to current and future success
     
    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 towards 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 Americans 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