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Objectives of the Guidance Program

All elementary school counselors in Loudoun county are required to teach the following objectives from the three major domains: academic development, career development and personal/social development from the "Standards for School Counseling Program in Virginia Public Schools." 

 

KINDERGARTEN

Academic

Understand the expectations of the educational environment

  • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
  • Work cooperatively in small and large groups toward a common goal
Career
  • Demonstrate goal setting
Personal/Social
  • Demonstrate good manners and respectful behavior toward others
 
FIRST GRADE

Academic

  • Understand the importance of individual effort, hard work and persistence
  • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
  • Work cooperatively in small and large groups toward a common goal
Career
  • Understand the concept of job and career
  • Understand the importance of teamwork in working toward a common goal
Personal/Social
  • Understand how to make and keep friends and work cooperatively with others
  • Identify resource people in the school and community and understand how to seek their help
 
SECOND GRADE
Academic
  • Demonstrate individual initiative and a positive interest in learning
  • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
  • Work cooperatively in small and large groups toward a common goal
Career
  • Understand that behaviors such as punctuality, courtesy, proper dress and proper language are essential to current and future successes
Personal/Social
  • Exhibit the principles of character including honesty, trustworthiness, respect for the rights and property of others, respect for rules and laws, taking responsibility for one's own actions, fairness, caring and citizenship
THIRD GRADE
Academic
  • Use appropriate communication skills to ask for help when needed
  • Work cooperatively in small and large groups toward a common goal
Career
  • Understand the relationship of individual effort, hard work and persistence to achievement
Personal/Social
  • Understand that Americans are one people of many diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and national origins who are united as American by common customs and traditions
  • Understand the importance of short term and long term goals
FOURTH GRADE
Academic
  • Demonstrate time management and organizational skills
  • Apply study skills necessary for academic achievement
Career
  • Recognize the benefits of both individual initiative and teamwork
  • Identify hobbies and interests
Personal/Social
  • Understand decision making and problem solving strategies
 
FIFTH GRADE
Academic
  • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses related to learning
  • Understand the choices, options and requirements of the middle school environment
Career
  • Recognize that the changing workplace requires lifelong learning
  • Identify career choices through exploration
Personal/Social
  • Understand change as part of growth
  • Identify the emotional and physical dangers of substance use and abuse
  • Use strategies for managing peer pressure