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Elementary School Counseling

Elementary School Counseling Foundation

“Pillars of Elementary School Counseling”

Our Mission: 

The mission of the elementary comprehensive counseling program aligns with the mission of NYS Department of Education, the Sachem Central School District and the Sachem Guidance Department. This data-driven, school counseling program will support all students with academic success, career/college readiness, and personal/social development. The program ensures that all students receive an equal, equitable, and supportive educational opportunity to become successful life-long learners, leaders, and responsible individuals. Students will receive support throughout their experience in the elementary schools through direct and indirect services, giving each student the skills needed to become successful throughout their education and beyond. In addition, there will be a focus on transition guidance for all fifth graders moving on to middle school.


Our Vision:

The vision of the elementary comprehensive counseling program is that our schools provide students with safe and inclusive environments, where students excel beyond their limitations. Our community and families work collaboratively with our school to ensure the life-long success of our students.  Our students are innovative and resilient individuals who have academic success, career/college readiness, and personal/social development. Students leave the elementary schools equipped with the right tools and strategies to have success at both the middle school and high school level. They graduate and become independent, hard-working, and engaged members of our society. Our students use problem-solving techniques to overcome barriers to success and always look to rise up to the highest of standards. Our students see their mistakes as learning opportunities and  continuously use kind actions to positively impact the world around them.


Our Beliefs:

  • All students should have an equitable experience to achieve success at all ten elementary schools.
  • The school environment should be inclusive, safe, and welcoming for each individual student.
  • Students and school stakeholders should have mutual respect and appreciation  for one another.
  • All school stakeholders must provide students with services appropriate to the developmental needs of the individual students.
  • Each school should have a strong relationship and involvement with parents/guardians and the community through collaboration efforts and referrals.
  • The school counseling program should be comprehensive and data-driven for the most effective results.
  • School counselors must use data to implement appropriate indirect and direct services.
  • School counselors, along with all stakeholders, must put the needs of the students first and be an advocate for their safety and success.
  • School counselors must abide by the ethical laws and guidelines as a framework to make appropriate and ethical decisions.
  • School counselors must work alongside teachers, social workers, psychologists, administrators, and other building stakeholders to implement a comprehensive and successful school counseling program.