High School Programs

Today’s young people live in a changing world an increasingly diverse society with new technologies that are expanding opportunities for careers & leadership.
 
Education needs to keep pace to help them realize their academic potential while dealing with the developmental issues high school students face: a search for their unique identity, sensitivity to the comments from others and heavy reliance on friends for support and approval. Students need to explore a variety of interests and connect learning to practical application.
 
High School Counselors in RRPS are committed to helping all students, through a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program to reach their academic potential along with social and emotional well-being.
 
The professional High School counselor is a major resource. We impact academics. How?
We teach life skills that enhance students’ ability to learn:
  • To develop and use skills to handle their emotional and physical needs as productive citizens
  • To use stress management techniques
  • To recognize harassing language, actions and touch and assert themselves appropriately
  • To recognize situations and issues that need adult help and to find help in appropriate ways
  • To understand and follow rules and laws for protection and rights
  • To understand effects of their words and actions and to use appropriate communication and conflict mediation skills
  • To understand and respect others differences, including culture, disabilities and sexual orientation
We teach skills for academic success:
  • To become motivated and self-directed in striving for excellent academic performance
  • To develop awareness of aptitudes and interests and how they help determine fields of study and work
  • To understand assessment tools and use them to improve performance and to make academic choices
  • To maintain an appropriate balance among academic, extracurricular, social and work activities
  • To use time and stress management skills
  • To accept adult feedback on academic work, such as corrected papers, grades and assessments; to use that feedback to develop better performance; to accept mistakes as part of the learning process
  • To accept responsibility for and to do quality work on homework, individual and group projects and other learning activities
We help students get ready for the world of work:
  • To understand career planning and to choose courses to support their goals
  • To understand that continuing education and retraining may be requirements in an ever-changing future workplace
  • To understand and use planning skills in choosing a career path
  • To understand occupational classification and assessment of readiness for post-secondary education and occupational development
  • To understand their developing interest in social awareness and how it can relate to future careers
  • To understand how academic performance and career choices influence future financial, personal and professional success