High School Student Meets with a Counselor

The mission of Kansas School Counseling Programs is to prepare all students to be contributing and productive citizens while supporting the academic mission of the school. School counseling programs are integral to the mission of schools and designed to support and enhance student learning, achievement, college and career readiness and facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social development of all Kansas students. School counselors collaborate with other educators, parents/guardians, and the community to ensure all students are prepared with the knowledge and competencies to be successful in their future.

The comprehensive guidance and counseling program is an integral part of a school district’s total educational program. It is developmental by design and includes sequential activities organized and implemented by school counselors with the active support of parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and the community. As a developmental program, it addresses the needs of all students by facilitating their academic, career development, personal/social development, helping create positive and safe learning climates in schools, as well as helping students feel connected to school and to at least one caring adult.

At the same time, the program assists students as they face issues and resolve problems that prevent their healthy development.

The Shawnee Mission School District has counselors in all secondary schools.  Contact your child’s middle or high school to learn more about their counseling program.

Dr. John McKinney
Director of Family & Student Services