Cam Reed


The Role of the School Counselor

Comprehensive school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process that enables all students to achieve success in school.

  • School Counselors are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests and talents as these traits relate to career awareness and development.

  • School Counselors help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal and social growth of students.

  • School Counselors work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves.

  • School Counselors seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society.



Students are informed of and understand:

  • Learning Pathways

  • Graduation Requirements

  • College Admission Requirements


Students are/have:

  • A personalized plan to meet graduation requirements

  • Informed and guided to achieve college admission readiness

  • Engaged learners, exploring both areas of academic strength and growth

  • Acquired and demonstrated competence in all standards across their academic experience.






College and Career


Students are exposed to diverse post-secondary options.



Students have identified interests, strengths and areas of growth for post-secondary options.



Students will have gained competencies for successful transition into post-secondary options.




The Counseling and Advising program aligns with the EPS Educational Competencies.

Students have:

  • Knowledge of available resources

  • Equitable access to support services

  • Identified a trusted adult within the EPS community

  • A sense of safety



  • Have on-going and equitable access to culturally and linguistically responsive support services

  • Experience a caring schools environment

  • Develop life skills that promise well-being

  • Have a sense of safety


Student will have:

  • Experienced a safe and caring school environment

  • Been supported to confidently access and pursue personal goals

  • Developed life skills to support independence, resiliency and self-advocacy





Post High School Options


Your options for 4-year colleges are many, including private and public schools. These

types of schools offer bachelor’s degrees, which are usually completed in four years of full-

time study. Some 4-year colleges also have graduate schools that offer master’s and doctoral degrees.



These 2-year options can also be private or public schools. The most common types

of 2-year colleges are community colleges. Typically a 2-year college is less expensive

than a 4-year college. Two-year diplomas, certificates and degrees are offered through

these schools. Many students will begin at a 2-year college and then transfer to a 4-year

university to pursue an advanced degree.



Most technical colleges offer certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in many fields.

Your typical length at a technical college will depend on your program choice and if you

choose to be a full-time student. Most students attend technical colleges for two years. The

programs and degrees offered at a technical college are very specific and great options for

those students who want to enter the work force quickly.



The military offers many educational opportunities for students in return for their service

to their country. Once you have decided the military is something you may want to

pursue, you must meet all the requirements at the Military Entrance Processing Station.

Our counselors and the College and Career Center (CCC) can connect you with the

recruitment officers, who can ensure you meet all the necessary requirements before high

school graduation.



Students may choose to go directly into the work force after high school graduation. If

you know you would like to pursue a career that requires no further education, or have

been offered a job within a company that will provide you the training you need, this may

be an option for you. A meeting with your counselor will help you in planning, if this is

the route you wish to take.



When choosing to do a gap year, students should consider what they would be doing to

advance or enrich themselves both personally and professionally. Students can choose

from an array of opportunities, including things like – learning a trade, volunteer work,

travel, internships and sports. Gap year opportunities should assist in improving students’

knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence and self-sufficiency.

Conducting a College Search


There are many factors to consider in the college search process:

• Location: Do I want to live at home? If not, how far away from home do I want to go?


• Size: Do I find a large school exciting – or frightening? Do I find a small school comfortable – or confining? Larger schools can usually provide a wider range of experiences. Smaller schools can usually provide more personal support.


• Programs: Am I looking for a wide-ranging liberal arts experience, or am I more

focused on a specific course of professional study? Does the school offer special

programs that interest me – honors, special seminars, internships, study abroad? Can

this school provide the academic experiences I’m looking for?


• Atmosphere: It is not just about academic studies – a great deal of the college

experience is what happens outside of the classroom. Some campuses are very social.

Some emphasize religion and morality. Some campuses are more politically active than

others and may be liberal or conservative. Some campuses emphasize sports and other

extracurricular involvement.


• Competitiveness: Students often ask “Can I get into [College X]?” This is the wrong

question. The correct question is “Would I be successful in [College X]?” People

respond differently to challenge. Do I want to start off as one of the smartest students

in my class? Do I rise to a challenge and seek to be surrounded by students who find

learning easier than I do? Do I do my best work when I start off near the middle of my



• Public or Private: Public schools tend to be larger and less expensive. Private schools

tend to be smaller, with smaller class sizes and more personal support. The expense

difference can become a complicated calculation, depending on individual family



• Admissions: Though not the most important factor, at some point a student needs to

be realistic about admission standards. Don’t give up on a school automatically because

you don’t think you will be admitted. If the school meets all your other criteria, but

you think you won’t be admitted, discuss it with your counselor.


Resources for Filing the FAFSA:

Career Resources

ASVAB Career Information Program

Bureau of Labor Statistics (K-12)

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Career One Stop





Raise.Me is a resource that helps students explore colleges, build a portfolio and get rewarded for their achievements both in and outside of the classroom. If a student follows a college, and puts an accomplishment into their portfolio, the college may reward the student with a micro-scholarship that can build through the years. The students will only get the scholarship if they apply and are accepted to the college, however, it is fun to see students earn scholarships and see what colleges are looking for in admissions decisions. It is a great tool for students to set goals and stay motivated.






National Scholarship Search Tools

The following are a list of good websites to search for national scholarships. Consider an alternate email address to manage potential junk mail.

Mental Health Resources

Bridge for Youth


Text 612-400-SAFE (7233)

Provides short term, safe housing for runaway youth with a goal of family reunification.


Bridge to Benefits


Provides information about Hennepin County resources such as MN Care, emergency assistance, food stamps and other county programs.




Cornerstone's mission is to provide individuals and families who have experienced domestic abuse a continuum of service that builds sustainable self-reliance and revives the human spirit. Their goal is to provide holistic early intervention and prevention services that support people of all ages to overcome the devastation of domestic abuse.


First Call For Help

SMS: 2-1-1

Call United Way First Call for Help for information and referral to over 2,400 community agencies in the metro area. This hotline provides a link to services such as crisis intervention, economic and housing assistance, medical clinics, food shelves, volunteer activities, educational and recreational programs and support groups.


Interfaith Outreach


Interfaith Outreach responds to emergency needs, moves families toward stability and positive change.


Minnesota Monitoring


Provides drug and alcohol testing and related services 24 hours a day.




MoveFwd is committed to:

  • Help families stay together or find a way to reunite kids and parents if they’re separated.

  • Help young people find and maintain safe shelter.

  • Help students stay in school.

  • Help families and schools work together to define boundaries for students.

  • Help young people process and cope with tough choices.

  • Help families find hope.




myHealth is a clinic serving teens and young adults ages 12-26 for medical and mental health care. myHealth welcomes youth of all races, faiths, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations and backgrounds. Services are provided in a confidential, non-judgmental, caring and safe environment.


Relate Counseling Center


Relate Counseling Center is a non-profit, community based mental and chemical health center located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Relate provides outpatient assessments and counseling services to individuals, couples, families and school districts in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.


Sexual Violence Center


The Sexual Violence Center provides a wide range of sexual assault related services including: a 24-hour crisis line, advocacy services, one-on-one and group counseling. The mission is to empower the community by providing prevention and intervention services to all people affected by sexual violence.


Chemical Health Resources:

Al-Anon Family Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcohol Drug Abuse Resource Center

Drug Rehab


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Learn about youth substance use in Minnesota

All Treatment 

has resources where you will find you'll find practical advice for guiding your child toward a healthy life at every age. Parenting and health experts as well as real parents share the latest tips and tools for raising drug-free kids.


Helpful Handouts from Hazeldon

7 Ways to Tell If Your Loved One Has an Addiction

Helping Parents Take Action When Their Child Struggles with Addiction

Redefining What it Means to Parent When a Child Has an Addiction

What Parents Need to Know About Adolescent and Young Adult Substance Abuse

What Parents Need to Know About the Risks of Early Alcohol and Drug Use

8 Warning Signs Your Child Could be Addicted

Restorative Help for the Family of an Addicted Child

What Parents Need to Know About Coming of Age in our Digital World


Anxiety & Depression:

Helpful Information on Anxiety----

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work and relationships. There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. (National Institute of Mental Health)


Anxiety Disorders (Signs and Symptoms, Risk Factors, etc)

Helpful Information on Depression---

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think and handle daily activities such as sleeping, eating or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they may develop under unique circumstances. (National Institute of Mental Health)


Depression (Definitions of Various Forms of Depression, Signs and Symptoms, etc. from the National Institutes of Health)

Teenage Depression Fact Sheet from


Anxiety & Depression Helpful Websites


Help Guide

Kids Health

Mayo Clinic

Mental Health America

National Institute of Mental Health

Worry Wise Kids


Eating Disorders

Warning Signs and Symptoms

How to Help a Friend

Anorexia Nervos

Bulimia Nervosa

Binge Eating Disorder

Ten Steps to Positive Body Image

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

NEDA Parent Toolkit

National Institute of Mental Health


General Resources

Personal Safety for Teens (a Resource from Plymouth Police)

National Crime Prevention Council


Stay Safe Online

MN Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force



Explaining Suicide to Children

Frequently Asked Questions About Suicide

Grief After Suicide

Is Someone You Know Thinking About Suicide

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