Our Foundation

(Tue Dec, 2 2014)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Metuchen Comprehensive Guidance & School Counseling Program is to support students in navigating every aspect of their academic and personal lives, empowering each to make responsible decisions, learn to self-regulate, set SMART goals and develop a personalized plan for higher education and career pursuits.  Using a student-centered approach, our school counselors endeavor to:
  • Promote habits of success, such as resiliency, tenacity and perseverance of effort to overcome obstacles in pursuing short and long-term goals.
  • Collaborate with faculty, parents and other stakeholders to maximize the potential of each learner
  • Maintain high expectations by providing adequate supports and conveying the conviction that all students can succeed in college or career training.
  • Build a college-going culture based on early college awareness by nurturing in students the confidence to aspire to college and the resilience to overcome challenges along the way.
  • Provide early and ongoing exposure to information necessary to make informed decisions when planning for a college or career that connects to academic preparation and future aspirations.
  • Proactively engage students in the development of a greater awareness of personal interest, skills, aptitudes and values as part of their journey toward developing post-secondary plans
 

Belief Statements

  • Student’s come first in the school counseling program.
  • All students, regardless of their diverse learning abilities, can learn and achieve to their maximum potential.
  • A comprehensive guidance and school counseling program promotes academic, career and personal/social development for every student.
  • A comprehensive guidance and school counseling program is achieved through collaborative partnerships among counselors, administrators, teachers, child study team members, students, families and community members.
  • All students deserve a safe, secure and positive environment where mutual respect and individual responsibility are practiced and learned.
  • Every member of our community has value in the education of our students.
 

Program Goals

  • To ensure that every student receives access to the school counseling program by designing content curriculum for every student
  • To monitor data to facilitate student achievement
  • To promote an appropriately rigorous academic curriculum for every student
  • To ensure equitable access to educational opportunities and resources
  • To support the development of skills to increase student success:
  • To provide parents/guardians support to advocate for their children’s academic, career and personal/social development
  • To become familiar with each student, developing a thorough understanding of his or her unique abilities, family history, and pertinent circumstances in an effort to provide appropriate support, advice, and advocacy.