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School Counseling Programs

Our counselors work with and encourage students as they develop academically, personally and socially. They guide students at all age levels at DPS — from elementary school to graduation — and help set them up to thrive and succeed after they earn their DPS diploma.

DPS counselors have expertise in psychology, counseling methods, and career guidance and help students reach their full potential. They are specially trained to guide students and handle conflicts that arise, as they hold a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and receive training in mental health interventions, academic interventions and college and career counseling.

What is the role of a DPS school counselor?

Our counselors have many jobs, including: 

  • Helping students explore career areas that interest them, and navigate their college and career options
  • Giving individualized guidance to students as they develop study habits and 21st-century skills
  • Supporting students social and emotional well-being, with guidance through bullying, conflicts and other needs
  • Providing valuable support during the college application process, with everything from how to write a college essay to applying for financial assistance
  • Connecting with students after graduation to ensure they are on track to enter the college and career path of their choice, such as an apprenticeship, college, trade school or military service
  • Working with other partners in students’ education — parents, teachers and other school staff — to help students succeed
  • Advising students on scheduling; assess student abilities and aid in appropriate course placement
  • Pinpointing growth opportunities, help students set goals and a plan to achieve
  • Improving the overall school environment to create a positive, enriched atmosphere that fosters a lifelong love of learning
Merrill Middle School counselor talks with a student

To connect with your school’s counselor(s), contact your school’s front office.