Guiding Students on the Pathways to Success
The Birdville Independent School District Guidance Counseling Program combines counseling, consultation and coordination to facilitate academic success, personal and social development and career and college guidance for all students.
The guidance counselor, as a member of the educational team, assists students and consults with parents and teachers to foster student success in academic programs, school attendance, school safety, graduation programs, academic and career opportunities, conflict resolution, and responsible behavior. Guidance counselors also interpret test results to improve student performance and to facilitate school and district planning. Finally, guidance counselors intervene when immediate concerns put the student's educational development at risk. We hope you find the information on this site useful. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call the guidance counselor at your child's school. We are here to help.
The Birdville ISD guidance counselor's job is one that encompasses many areas in the school setting. The main goal for all guidance counselors is to help make the student's school experience a positive one so that their fullest potential can be reached, becoming happy, healthy, contributing members of society. Birdville ISD guidance counselors are responsible for implementing all components of the Birdville Comprehensive Developmental Guidance Counseling Program. These components are:
Guidance Curriculum-Provides guidance content in a proactive systematic manner,
Responsive Services-Addresses the immediate concerns of students,
Individual Planning-Assists students in monitoring and understanding their own development in the educational, career, and personal-social arenas,
System Support-Includes program and staff support activities and services. The guidance counselor's professional attitude and conduct includes the establishment and maintenance of professional relationships with students, parents, staff, and community.
The Birdville ISD Guidance Counselor:
- Identifies the needs of students
- Promotes positive attitudes and choices
- Provides students with decision-making, goal-setting, planning, and problem-solving skills
- Interprets test results to provide information about abilities, needs, achievement, and interests
- Demonstrates a commitment to student success
- Provides for transition planning from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school and from high school to post-high school
- Provides a caring, safe environment for students
- Consults with parents through individual and group meetings
- Extends support to student, parent, and teacher
- Communicates with parents and staff
- Addresses prevention and intervention
- Monitors graduation credit requirements
- Encourages the exploration of educational opportunities
- Facilitates parent education workshops and presentations
School Counseling Staff
Twenty-one elementary schools have a full time guidance counselor. Two schools have an additional part time counselor.
Four elementary student assistance counselors are available to all elementary schools.
Each of the seven middle schools have one full-time guidance counselor and a full-time student assistance counselor.
The four high schools have a guidance counseling department. On three campuses students are divided by alphabet among several guidance counselors. One guidance counselor serves as the lead or department chair. Three of the high schools have one Career and Technology Education counselor who may share a student load with the guidance counselors. Every high school has a full-time student assistance counselor and one school has two student assistance counselors. Three of the high school guidance counseling departments also have an administrative clerk and an educational assistant.