Johnny Key

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Guidance and School Counseling

Guidance and School Counseling

School counseling programs are an integral part of the school’s academic mission and are student focused and based on data. The old question was “What do school counselors do?” The new question is “How are students different because of the school counseling program?”

The mission of the Arkansas Guidance and School Counseling staff is to support schools in developing a fully implemented guidance and school counseling program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, and developmental in nature. This model, developed by the American School Counselor Association, helps students maximize academic achievement, plan for the future, and develop socially and emotionally. The comprehensive program is provided mainly through direct services to students including classroom guidance, individual student planning, responsive services and system support.

In addition, professional development and technical assistance is provided to school counselors and administrators for the implementation of state mandates and national and state counseling standards. Schools and districts are surveyed annually for legislative compliance through the Student Services Report.



For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Knowles, Public School Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, 405-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4354

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