SBPS COUNSELING/GUIDANCE OVERVIEW
School counselors, school psychologists, and social workers at Scottsbluff Public Schools will address all students’ academic, career, and social-emotional development to ensure that all students are prepared with and have access to the knowledge and skills to contribute at the highest level.
Elementary school counselors, school psychologists, and social workers deliver classroom lessons on various developmentally appropriate topics, including, but not limited to personal safety, goal-setting, social interaction, academic success, problem-solving, and communication skills. They also work in small groups and individually with students on identified topics, as needed. Elementary counselors, school psychologists, and social workers are partners and consultants with school staff and parents to assist with behavior management and developmental challenges.
Middle school counselors assist with transitioning new students, including advising parents and students on course selection and challenges related to early adolescents. They provide classroom lessons and small group interventions on conflict resolution and school success skills pertinent to middle school-age young people. They meet individually with students in need of additional support with interpersonal issues. Middle school counselors identify, track and provide assistance to students who are in danger of failing a subject, including organization, study skills, and goal-setting lessons. As students prepare to transition to high school, there is a focus on college and career exploration that lays a foundation for post-high school planning.
High school counselors advise students on course selection, helping them make appropriate choices that align with their future plans. They provide information on options available to students, including career and education and dual enrollment opportunities at Western Nebraska Community College. They are integral in the post-secondary process, assisting with registration for college entrance exams (PSAT, SAT, ACT), accessing financial aid and scholarship opportunities. As at the other levels, they are available to provide counseling support to students who may be experiencing social-emotional challenges or difficulties in the post-secondary process.
The high school counselors support students and their parents/guardians as they navigate the college application process.