Professional school counselors share the proud vision of preparing today’s students to become tomorrow’s adults. To that end, school counselors’ work to help students focus on academic, personal/social, and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. Plymouth Public Schools has adopted standards and benchmarks for a School Counseling Curriculum including the development of grade level learning outcomes that will provide the necessary framework for implementing the approved standards and benchmarks in the district’s middle and high schools.
All district counselors have had opportunities to review and provide input into the development of the grade level learning outcomes contained in the School Counseling Curriculum. This feedback was solicited with the following guidelines and understandings:
The primary purpose of the Plymouth Public Schools School Counseling Curriculum is to support the academic achievement of all students through developing the academic, career, and personal/social skills and knowledge all students need to succeed in school.
Grade levels represent the points at which all students should have achieved a specific learning result. Some schools might combine learning results in such a way that students might acquire the skills or knowledge at an earlier grade level.
Counselors utilize the curriculum learning results in terms of student need and developmental appropriateness.
As individual schools implement the new curriculum, once adopted, they should choose the learning results for their implementation focus that would have the greatest outcome for the achievement of the standards and benchmarks of the School Counseling Curriculum in their school.
The School Counseling Curriculum (particularly school counseling activities and units) is open to revision and continued development.
Read the entire PPS School Counseling Standards & Benchmarks