• White Plains City School District Guidance/School Counseling Comprehensive Program

     

    Description of White Plains City School District:

     The White Plains City Schools serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade on nine campuses.

     The school district has:  

    • Five elementary schools for kindergartners through 5th graders, each offering the same challenging curriculum in safe and nurturing environments.
    • A 6th grade campus at Eastview and a 7th and 8th grade campus at Highlands; both prepare students to meet the expectations of the high school.
    • One high school for 9th through 12th graders offering a variety of courses, including dual enrollment, honors and Advanced Placement courses in all academic areas and noteworthy electives.  
    • An alternative high school for 9th through 12th graders needing a smaller setting. 

     

    White Plains City Schools Mission Statement:

    The mission of the White Plains School District is to educate and inspire all students, while nurturing their dreams, so they learn continually, think critically, pursue their aspirations and contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.

     

    White Plains City Schools Vision Statement:

    We aspire to unlock the infinite and unique potential of each student every day.

     

    Brief Description of the School District’s School Counseling Program:

    The School Counseling Department in White Plains City School District is a comprehensive and integral part of the student’s total educational experience.  It is designed to help students with their educational, emotional and social development. The School Counseling Department services all students from the time that they enter school through graduation.  School counseling is a service, which includes a planned curriculum and informal supports, which are designed to assist students in understanding themselves better in order to become contributing citizens.  The goal of our program is to meet the individual needs of each of our students, so that they have a successful school experience and are prepared for life after high school.

    The school counselor is a professional who will play a continued and key role throughout the duration of the student’s school life.  From kindergarten through 5th grade, the school counselor supports the students in identifying and understanding their social and emotional needs, as well as, supporting them in understanding their interests. From 6th through 12th grade, the school counselor advises and counsels students about the selection of courses, relationships with teachers and other significant adults, relationships with peers, extra-curricular involvement, and post-secondary planning.  Getting to know the student well and understanding the student’s aptitudes, abilities and aspirations helps the counselor support the student in reaching his or her goals.  The relationship between the student and counselor is at the heart of all school counseling activities and services.

    In addition, school counselors work closely with administrators, district coordinators, teachers, and other professionals outside of school as the need arises.  School counselors also work cooperatively with other pupil personnel staff such as:

    • School psychologists
    • School social workers
    • School nurses

     

    School Counseling Program Mission Statement:

    The mission of the White Plains City School District School Counseling Department is to take a proactive approach in supporting all students academically, socially, and emotionally in kindergarten through 12th grade.  We assist students in acquiring the skills, knowledge and perspective needed to contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.

     

    Accountability and Data for Program Evaluation:

    The School Counseling Department utilizes the following measures to assess the program’s effectiveness:

    • Naviance surveys and inventories (middle and high school)
    • School attendance records
    • Guidance evening presentation attendance (middle and high school)
    • Extracurricular participation
    • Individual student meetings with their counselors
    • Parent and School Counselor meetings
    • Graduation rates
    • College representative visits
    • College applications and acceptances
    • Summer school enrollment
    • Formative assessments during school counseling classroom presentations
    • Response to Intervention data
    • Responsive Classroom data

     

    Professional Memberships:

    Our school counselors are active members in the following organizations:

    • College Board
    • American School Counselor Association
    • National Association of College Admissions Counselors
    • New York State Association for College Admission Counseling
    • New York State School Counselor Association
    • Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counselor Association

     

    Professional Development:

    Our school counselors are actively engaged in ongoing professional development in the following areas:

    • Mindfulness training
    • Roundtable discussions (various topics)
    • Responsive Classroom training
    • Annual attendance at the National Association of College Admissions Counselors conference
    • Annual attendance at the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling conference
    • Annual visits to college campuses
    • Annual attendance at the Westchester Guidance Expo
    • Annual attendance at safety workshops

     

     

    School Counselors Program Development:

    Our school counselors designed the White Plains City School District School Guidance/School Counseling Program, and the program was created to address the needs of all learners. Our Advisory Council, consisting of school counselors from all grade levels, building level administration, district level administration, parents and students, meets twice during the school year to review and evaluate the effectiveness of our Guidance/School Counseling Program to ensure it is addressing the needs of our students.

     

     

    White Plains City School District Guidance/School Counseling Comprehensive Program

     

    Grades K-5

     

    Program Objective 1: To provide students with strategies for academic success.

    Activities:

    • Parent/teacher conferences
    • Academic support services
    • Mindfulness lessons
    • Responsive Classroom (School-wide social/emotional learning program)
    • Growth mindset lessons
    • Mandated and non-mandated counseling
    • Open house
    • After school support

    Expected Outcomes:

    • Students will be provided with self-regulation strategies and academic interventions to ensure success in the classroom.
    • Students will maintain appropriate achievement levels in all curricular areas.
    • Students will be active participants in their learning.

    Annual Assessments:

    • Attendance records
    • Attendance at mandated and non-mandated counseling sessions
    • State ELA and Math scores
    • DRA, Lexile and SMI scores
    • RTI data

     

     

    Program Objective 2: To support students in exploring their interests and goals.

    Activities:

    • Career Exploration curriculum

    Expected Outcomes:

    • Students will identify their interests.
    • Students will set goals for academics and their future.
    • Students will articulate their hopes and dreams for the future.

    Annual Assessments:

    • Participation in lessons

     

     

    Program Objective 3:  To preserve and support the social and emotional well-being of all students.

     

    Activities:

    • Good Touches, Bad Touches
    • Mindfulness lessons
    • Responsive Classroom (School-wide social/emotional learning program)
    • Social skills groups
    • Anti-bullying assemblies
    • Mandated and non-mandated counseling
    • Class norms- creating a safe and comfortable environment
    • Parent/teacher conferences
    • Team meetings
    • RTI meetings

     Expected Outcomes:

    • Students will identify their feelings.
    • Students will seek assistance from adults in the building when they are unable to manage their emotions.
    • Students will understand their thoughts and emotions, and how they influence their behavior.
    • Students will learn to regulate their emotions and behaviors in different settings.
    • Students will be able to make good decisions and understand the outcomes of these decisions.
    • Students will be able to establish and maintain healthy relationships with peers and adults.

     Annual Assessments:

    • Referrals to the RTI team
    • Behavioral referrals
    • Attendance records
    • Attendance at mandated and non-mandated counseling sessions

     

     

    Grades 6-8

     

     

    Program Objective 1: To expose students and parents to the resources and support systems available to ensure academic success at the middle school level. 

     

    Activities:

    • 6th grade Academic Success classroom presentation
    • Middle school guidance night
    • Eastview and Highlands orientation
    • Homework center
    • Individual and group meetings with counselor
    • Parent and counselor meetings
    • Advanced via Individual Determination (AVID)
    • Program planning meetings
    • Minute meetings
    • Team meetings
    • Collaboration with the Youth Bureau
    • Collaboration with El Centro Hispano

    Expected Outcome:

    • Students will identify the steps they need to take when they are struggling in school.
    • Students will identify whom they need to access when a social or emotional need arises.
    • Students will be provided with interventions to ensure success in the classroom.
    • Students will maintain appropriate achievement levels in all curricular areas.
    • Students will be active participants in their learning.

     Annual Assessment:

    • Naviance surveys
    • Attendance at middle school guidance night
    • Attendance at Eastview and Highlands orientation
    • Program planning meetings
    • Course enrollment
    • CSE or 504 Referrals

     

     

    Program Objective 2:  To support students in exploring their interests and connect their interests to academic success

    Activities:

    • 7th grade Career Exploration classroom presentation
    • 8th grade Program Planning classroom presentation
    • Program Planning meetings
    • Individual meetings between the student and counselor
    • Minute meetings
    • Vocational Assessment

    Expected outcomes:

    • Students will identify possible careers that will spark their interests.
    • Students will select courses that match their interests and academic ability.

    Annual Assessments:

    • Career Key in Naviance
    • Course selection
    • Course enrollment

     

     

    Program Objective 3: To support students and parents in understanding New York graduation requirements and provide students with an understanding of post-secondary options.

    Activities:

    • 8th grade Program Planning classroom presentation
    • Individual Program Planning meetings
    • Individual progress meetings between the student and counselor
    • Middle school curriculum night
    • Middle school guidance night

    Expected Outcomes:

    • Students will understand the NYS graduation requirements.
    • Students will select elective courses that will support them in achieving their post-secondary goals.

    Annual Assessments:

    • Course enrollments
    • Program planning meetings
    • Attendance at both the curriculum and guidance night sessions

     

    Grades 9-12:

     

    Program Objective 1: To expose students to programs, resources and supports systems available to ensure academic success and students social/emotional well-being at the high school level. 

    Activities:

    • Freshman orientation
    • Freshman meetings
    • Individual meetings with counselor and students
    • 9th grade Academic Success classroom presentation
    • After school program
    • Parent and counselor meetings
    • Student and counselor meetings
    • AVID
    • Progress report meetings
    • Guidance night: Navigating the High School
    • Coffee and conversations with the counselors
    • Collaboration with community agencies
    • BOCES Career Day
    • PSAT Day
    • PSAT score meeting with counselor
    • Collaboration with the Youth Bureau
    • Collaboration with El Centro Hispano
    • Case Conferences
    • Meetings with House Administrators
    • Work with transition coordinator to connect students and parents with OPWDD or ACCESS-VR

    Expected Outcomes:

    • Students will know where to go for additional academic support.
    • Students will identify adults in the building that they can go to for academic, social or emotional support.
    • Students will develop strategies that will strengthen their academic learning.
    • Students will be provided with interventions to ensure success in the classroom.
    • Students will maintain appropriate achievement levels in all curricular areas.
    • Students will be active participants in their learning.

    Annual Assessments:

    • Attendance in the after-school program
    • Graduation rate
    • Summer school enrollment
    • Attendance at guidance nights and coffee and conversations with the counselors
    • BOCES enrollment

     

    Program Objective 2: Guide students in the exploration of themselves, interests and post-secondary options.

    Activities:

    • Freshman meetings
    • 10th grade Career Exploration classroom presentation
    • Career Pathways presentation
    • College rep visits
    • College campus visits
    • Guidance night: College Bound with an IEP or 504
    • Guidance night: College Panel
    • Coffee and conversation with the counselors
    • Vocational assessments
    • BOCES Career Day
    • Host military visits from all branches
    • Work Experience Program
    • Partnership with the Youth Bureau
    • Resume building in Naviance
    • Collaborate with Transition Coordinator
    • Community Service Program
    • Her Honor Mentoring
    • White Plains Hospital Clinical Program
    • AVID
    • Step-Up Program

    Expected Outcomes:

    • Students will identify possible careers of interests.  
    • Students will research the requirements needed to obtain a specific job.
    • Students will identify appropriate post-secondary goals.
    • Students will learn self-awareness and self-advocacy.

     Annual Assessments:

    • Career Key assessment in Naviance
    • Holland’s Code survey
    • Attendance at college campus visits
    • Attendance at guidance nights and coffee and conversations
    • Naviance building a college list

     

     

    Program Objective 3: To prepare students to achieve their post-secondary goals

    Activities:

    • Junior College Planning meetings
    • Senior College Application meetings
    • 9th grade Academic Success classroom presentation
    • 10th grade Career Exploration classroom presentation
    • 11th grade classroom presentation
    • 12th grade classroom presentation
    • Senior College Application Toolkit guidance night
    • Junior College Application Toolkit guidance night
    • Guidance night: Program Planning Night
    • FAFSA guidance night
    • Host military visits from all branches
    • Individual parent meetings
    • Vocational assessments
    • Resume building in Naviance
    • AVID
    • Program Planning in grades 9th through 11th
    • College Bound Summer Institute
    • The College Essay #YOUGOTTHIS
    • Case Conference
    • Step-Up Program

    Expected Outcomes:

    • Students will identify appropriate post-secondary options.
    • Students will understand the steps needed to achieve their post-secondary goal.
    • All students will apply to college by the January 1 deadline.

    Annual Assessments:

    • Naviance Surveys
    • College applications and acceptances
    • Graduation rate
    • Senior Exit Survey
    • Holland Code Survey
    • Program planning meetings

     

     

    Program Objective 4: To ensure all students have access to enrolling in appropriately challenging courses in order to maximize their post-secondary options 

    Activities:

    • Program planning in grades 8th through 11th
    • Collaborate with colleges to provide dual enrollment course offerings
    • Collaborate with subject area coordinators to identify potential new course offerings
    • AVID
    • Guidance night: Program Planning Night
    • Step-Up Program

    Expected Outcomes:

    • All students will have the opportunity to take a dual enrollment, Advanced Placement or honors course.
    • All students will select courses that not only challenge, but also that will also address their interests.
    • Students will select elective courses that will support them in achieving their post-secondary goals.

     Annual Assessments:

    • Course enrollments
    • Program planning meetings