National School Counseling Week
National School Counseling Week 2021 (#NSCW21), “School Counselors: All In for All Students,” is Feb. 1-5, 2021, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.
School Counselors Roles & Ratios
School counselors are highly educated, professionally certified individuals who help students succeed in school and plan their career. An integral part of the total education system, school counselors help students form healthy goals, mindsets and behaviors. With the aid of a school counselor, students learn to develop effective collaboration and cooperation skills, to practice perseverance, to develop time management and study skills, and to learn self-motivation and self-direction habits.
A 250-to-1 ratio of students to school counselors is recommended, but the national average is actually 430-to-1 for the 2018–2019 school year (the most recent year for which data is available). In PA, for the 2018-19 school year, the average was 369:1!