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High School Students’ Developmental Needs

High school is the final transition into adulthood and the world of work as students begin separating from parents and exploring and defining their independence. Students are deciding who they are, what they do well, and what they will do when they graduate. During these adolescent years, students are evaluating their strengths, skills and abilities. The biggest influence is their peer group. They are searching for a place to belong and rely on peer acceptance and feedback. They face increased pressures regarding risk behaviors and mature, meaningful relationships. They need guidance in making concrete and compounded decisions. They must deal with academic pressures as they face high-stakes testing, the challenges of making post-secondary decisions, the challenges of college admissions, scholarship and financial aid application process and entrance into a competitive job market.

OCPS High School Counselors

Today’s high school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

As a member of a school team, a counselor is to provide a comprehensive student development program for students in grades 9-12. The counselor provides activities to meet the needs of students, consults with teachers, staff and parents to enhance their effectiveness in helping students and provides support to other high school educational programs.

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