The mission of the OHS Counseling Department is to provide a nurturing environment and resources for all students to develop and obtain academic success, social/emotional growth, and the career readiness competencies necessary to succeed and contribute to a changing society.
- All students have the capability to contribute to a changing society.
- The counseling program should be an advocate for the needs of all students, regardless of ethnic and cultural background, gender diversity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and mental and physical disabilities.
- All students should have access to a state licensed, master’s degree-level school counselor for support in academic, social/emotional, and college/career needs.
- Professional development for all counselors is necessary to maintain a quality evidenced-based and data-driven school counseling program.
- Collaboration with teachers, parents, administrators, and community members is essential for student growth and a strong school-community relationship.
- The school counseling department should be annually reviewed and aligned with state and national models of effective school counseling practices and ethics.
- In a preventative model with multiple tiers of support that provides interventions for academic, behavioral, and career readiness factors.
- In preparing students to graduate college and career ready and possess the skills necessary to reach individual success throughout their adult life.