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:
College Admission Requirements
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.
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
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
• 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:
COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY: Events in Minnesota to help fill out the FAFSA: Minnesota College Goal
QUESTIONS? CALL FAFSA: 1-800-433-3243
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
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 responds to emergency needs, moves families toward stability and positive change.
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:
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
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 save.org
Anxiety & Depression Helpful Websites