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The Shades Valley High School Counseling Program believes: 

  • All students have promise and can achieve academic success, college/career readiness and social/emotional wellness. 
  • All students have the right to participate in an effective school counseling program. 
  • Every student deserves a personal relationship with a state-certified professional school counselor.

The Shades Valley High School Counseling Program will:  

  • Provide individual access to school counselors for all students.  
  • Offer a comprehensive program that is designed to meet the developmental needs of all students. 
  • Advocate for all students. 
  • Work with all stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community) in meeting the needs of students.  
  • Partner with the goals of Shades Valley High School, the Jefferson County School District and the Alabama State Department of Education.  

Shades Valley High School counselors will:  

  • Work as a team to plan, manage, deliver and evaluate school counseling program activities. 
  • Rely on data to make program decisions. 
  • Remain flexible as student needs change over time. 
  • Meet with an advisory council to share the goals and impact of the school counseling program. 
  • Actively follow students' academic progress, college/career readiness goals and social/emotional wellness. 
  • Be dedicated to the higher levels of practice as outlined in the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors. 
  • Continue to seek and participate in professional development that enriches their effectiveness to help students find academic, college/career and social/emotional success. 
  • Provide leadership and support for other Alabama high schools as they embrace the implementation of the ASCA model.