EGHS Counseling Department Mission: School Counselors will provide a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program built on a foundation of strong counselor advocacy, increase in counselor leadership, work towards systemic change (through ASCA's delivery system model), and professional collaboration. EG Counselors will strive to meet the needs of all current students and those transitioning to EG by working with stakeholders (via referrals, meetings, data, and workshops) to assist students through the learning process; and to encourage continued education, continued workforce training, and/or continued daily living accomplishments that will be needed for 21st Century success.
EGHS Counseling Department Vision: School Counselors will coordinate and implement a comprehensive school counseling program which adheres to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model, the NC Guidance Essential Standards, and that aligns with the professional school counseling program of Gaston County Schools. EG School Counselors will meet students at their developmental and intellectual levels to enhance their learning opportunities so that all East Gaston students will be better prepared for post-high school transition in the 21st Century.
EGHS Counseling Department Belief Statements: (adopted from GCS Counseling Program Beliefs)
All students have diverse, individual abilities and are capable of learning with support from family, community, and educators.
All students have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and learn in a safe, supportive environment.
An ideal school counseling program:
Is comprehensive in scope
Reaches every student
Advocates for all students
Is proactive in design and developmental in nature
Is an integral part of a total educational program for student success as globally competitive learners
Is facilitated by a credentialed school counselor following ethical professional guidelines
Is conducted in collaboration with students and other educators using available community resources
Uses data to drive program decisions