Counselors Help Students Learn
Each school in Loudoun County Public Schools has a school counseling program.
Licensed counselors are responsible for the organization and management of guidance programs in the schools.
Counselors work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to help students succeed in school and prepare for meaningful, productive living. These programs are child-centered, developmental, and preventive, and 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, and age.
What Do School Counselors Do?
- Counsel with students individually
- Lead small groups focused on a particular topic
- Teach classroom lessons addressing bullying prevention, careers, coping strategies, etc.
- Respond to student needs in crisis situations
- Orient new students
- Participate in the referral process of students to special programs and/or services
- Analyze test results to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests, and needs
- Coordinate efforts with other school specialists
- Conduct conferences with parents
- Facilitate parent discussion groups
- Adhere to ethical and legal standards
Reasons to Contact a School Counselor:
- Academic concerns
- Social/emotional concerns
- Your child is new to Ashburn Elementary
- Information on community resources
- Special needs of students
- Student crisis situations
- Family transitions
- Higher education issues