DHS Counseling Department
Booking an Appointment with your counselor:
Counselor Caseload Assignments
Each student is assigned to a specific counselor’s caseload according to their last name in 9th grade and will remain with that counselor until they graduate (see chart above). The school counselors are the primary academic advisors in the school. Counselors help each student select the most appropriate program of study to ensure success in high school and to plan for the years after graduation. The Graduation Coach and Student Engagement Specialist's caseloads are comprised of students who need specific additional assistance to meet graduation requirements along with the remainder of their initial 9th grade cohort.
Counselor Administrator Pairings
Each counselor is paired with an administrator that covers the same 9th - 12th grade caseload.
Comprehensive Counseling Program
Decatur High School has a comprehensive counseling program designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of 13 to 20 year olds. All students have equitable access to the counseling program. DHS counselors seek to remove barriers to learning and provide opportunities and supports, which will empower students to reach higher towards their full potential so that they can achieve their academic, career, and personal goals. School Counselors deliver prevention, intervention, and responsive services that support the academic, career, personal, interpersonal, and healthy development of all students.
DHS Counseling Vision
DHS Counseling Mission
The Decatur High School counseling program emphasizes equity, access, and success by implementing a data informed counseling program which inspires all students to grow and develop as learners, thinkers, and inquirers. This is accomplished through meaningful, motivating, and rewarding experiences which are facilitated by highly qualified, caring adults in a safe, supportive, and inviting environment that provide resources and remove barriers to help all students achieve their highest potential and prepare for career, college, and life.
Confidentiality is a key component for working with students and parents. Every effort will be made to maintain that confidentiality. Confidentiality is the counselor’s commitment to respect the students’ privacy by not divulging anything shared in a counseling session except under certain limited conditions. These conditions generally include safety issues (to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to self and/or others), legal issues, and professional responsibilities. The American School Counselor Association's Ethical Standards for School Counselors are available here.