Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class, or meeting with the troublemakers in the school.

Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in areas of academic achievement; personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. School counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success.  

Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, counselors promote equity and access to rigorous educational experiences for all students. They support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community, and address the needs to all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program.  

Professional school counselors provide culturally competent services to students, parents/guardians, and school staff. They are indeed an essential component of our educational system.