The mission of the Chesterfield County Public Schools school counseling program is to provide high quality academic support and career efforts of students, staff, parents and community. If you have concerns or questions about your child, please contact your child’s counselor at (804) 768-6227. The counseling office is open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In addition to the broad spectrum of programs in each comprehensive high school, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers students the opportunity to participate in optional academic programs related to special academic interests. During their eighth-grade year, students can decide whether or not they wish to apply to a specialty center or Governor’s school.
Starting Monday, Oct. 26, Chesterfield families of eighth-grade students who are interested in learning more about these high school opportunities are invited to watch the virtual specialty center fair video at https://mychesterfieldschools.com/. To help students and their parents learn about the variety of high school options, Chesterfield County Public Schools encourages families to visit this resource on the district’s website, as it will share information about all 13 specialty centers, both Governor’s schools, and CodeRVA. Families are also encouraged to visit each of the specialty center websites that interest their child to learn more about each program.
Throughout the rest of October and November, virtual open houses will be offered for each specialty center and Governor’s schools to provide families with in-depth information about each specific site. You can learn more about specific virtual open houses by viewing this year’s specialty center calendar or by visiting that specialty center’s website for event details.
American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model
School counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:
Direct Student Services
Direct services are in-person interactions between school counselors and students and include the following:
School counseling core curriculum: This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students attain the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The school counseling core curriculum is delivered throughout the school’s overall curriculum and is systematically presented by school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 classroom and group activities.
Individual student planning: School counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and developing future plans.
Responsive services: Responsive services are activities designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns. Responsive services may include counseling in individual or small-group settings or crisis response.
Indirect Student Services
Indirect services are provided on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interactions with others including referrals for additional assistance, consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations.