Standards for School Counseling Programs in
    Virginia Public Schools

    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.

    Academic Development


    Goal:  Students will acquire the academic preparation essential to choose from a

    variety of educational, training, and employment options upon

    completion of secondary school.


    Grades K-3:


    Students will:

    EA1. Understand the expectations of the educational environment,

    EA2. Understand the importance of individual effort, hard work, and


    EA3. Understand the relationship of academic achievement to current

    and future success in school,

    EA4. Understand that mistakes are essential to the learning process,

    EA5. Demonstrate individual initiative and a positive interest in


    EA6. Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed,

    EA7. Work independently to achieve academic success,

    EA8. Work cooperatively in small and large groups towards a common

    goal, and

    EA9. Use study skills and test-taking strategies.


    Grades 4-5:

    Students will:

    EA10. Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses related to learning,

    EA11. Demonstrate time management and organizational skills,

    EA12. Apply study skills necessary for academic achievement,

    EA13. Use critical thinking skills and test-taking strategies, and

    EA14. Understand the choices, options, and requirements of the middle

    school environment.


    Career Development


    Goal:  Students will investigate the world of work in order to make informed

    career decisions.


    Grades K-3:

    Students will:

    EC1. Understand the concepts of job and career,

    EC2. Understand that behaviors such as punctuality, courtesy, proper

    dress and proper language are essential to current and future


    EC3. Understand the relationship of individual effort, hard work and

    persistence to achievement,

    EC4. Understand the importance of teamwork in working towards a

    common goal,

    EC5. Demonstrate the decision making process, and

    EC6. Demonstrate goal setting.


    Grades 4-5:

    Students will:

    EC7. Recognize the benefits of both individual initiative and teamwork,

    EC8. Recognize that the changing workplace requires lifelong learning,

    EC9. Identify hobbies and interests, and

    EC10. Identify career choices through exploration.
    Personal/Social Development

    Goal:  Students will acquire an understanding of, and respect for, self and others,

    and the skills to be responsible citizens.


    Grades K-3

    Students will:

    EP1. 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,

    EP2. Understand how to make and keep friends and work cooperatively

    with others,

    EP3. 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,

    EP4. Demonstrate good manners and respectful behavior towards others,

    EP5. Demonstrate self-discipline and self-reliance,

    EP6. Identify resource people in the school and community and

    understand how to seek their help, and

    EP7. Understand the importance of short- and long-term goals.


    Grades 4-5:

    Students will:

    EP8. Understand change as a part of growth,

    EP9. Understand decision making and problem solving strategies,

    EP10. Identify the emotional and physical dangers of substance use and


    EP11. Use strategies for managing peer pressure, and

    EP12. Use strategies for handling conflict in a peaceful way.



Last Modified on September 2, 2021