Mission Statement – John F. Kennedy High School Counseling Program
The mission of the John F. Kennedy High School comprehensive school counseling program is to empower ALL students to be self-advocates, which will give them necessary skills to be independent and responsible for their academic success, college and career planning, and social/emotional well-being.
As advocates for our students, we strive for equity and access for all. The JFK counseling department serves as a bridge for our students, transitioning them to a successful and productive post-secondary life. We believe collaboration with school, family, and community is essential to best equip our students with the necessary tools to reach their potential and function successfully in the world.
All students at John F. Kennedy High School develop and maintain an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) starting in 9th Grade that reflects rigorous coursework throughout their high school career. Students’ ICAPS are updated annually and are used as helpful tools during planning sessions with their school counselor to discuss and develop students’ post-secondary plans. All JFK students work toward graduating on time prepared to meet their life goals. Both the coursework and extra-curricular activities JFK students engage in help to shape students into lifelong learners and prepare them to be young adults who advocate for themselves and are equipped to navigate the college and career systems. Academic and future success is only possible if the whole child is fully supported in their social and emotional needs as well. The JFK School Counseling Program is essential for providing this support and collaborating with others to ensure that students have the personal skills to navigate adolescence and adulthood. Through the support of the school’s comprehensive counseling program, parent involvement and collaboration with peers and teachers, students graduate college-ready and are successful, young adults in college working toward a degree or certificate in the field of their choosing.
Our vision encompasses the following beliefs:
- All students have dignity and worth.
- All students have the right to be served by a comprehensive school counseling program.
- All students are capable of setting and achieving goals under the guidance of a comprehensive school counseling program.
- All students deserve an advocate and the opportunity to develop self-advocacy skills.
- All students should have access to a school counselor to discuss academic, career and personal/social concerns.
- All students’ ethnic, cultural and racial differences and special needs should be considered in the planning and implementation of the comprehensive school counseling program.
- School counseling program activities shall be planned, managed and delivered by state-certified counselors, in collaboration with other school support staff.
- The school counseling program should be consistent with expected developmental stages of learning.
- The school counseling program should utilize community resources.
- The school counseling program shall be evaluated on stated goals and related to student competencies.
- An ongoing program of counselor competency training/retraining is necessary to maintain a quality school counseling program.
- The student and parent/guardian(s) are responsible for monitoring the student’s educational progress with the assistance of a professional school counselor.
- The professional mandates and guidelines proposed by the national and state counselor association will continue to set standards for the school counseling program.
- All counselors abide by the professional ethics of guidance and counseling as advocated by the American School Counselor Association.
- The school counseling program should be proactive, with a focus on prevention previous to reaction.