What we do
From a foundation of genuine, unconditional, and positive regard, we will treat, serve, and respect all students solely by name and individual need.
The mission of EPISD’s counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. Professional School Counselors, in partnership with other educators, parents or guardians, and the community ensure that all students have access to and are prepared with the knowledge and skills to contribute at the highest level as productive members of society.
EPISD professional school counselors believe:
- All students have innate value, dignity, and worth.
- All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual differences, and special needs are valued and considered in planning and implementing the school counseling program.
- All students need a variety of experiences to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.
- All students will be given the opportunity to develop effective coping skills.
- All students will have the right to participate in an ethically sound school counseling program managed by a Master’s level, Texas state certified professional school counselor.
New Student Information
EPISD professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators trained in school counseling with unique qualifications to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs. School counselors implement school counseling programs that promote and enhance student achievement. They provide direct services to students to help them manage academic and social needs and to support efforts of teachers and parents in promoting self-confidence, academic readiness, social and interpersonal sensitivity and skills, and awareness of academic and future career opportunities.
Counselors are student advocates. They can help to:
- resolve scheduling conflicts or problems
- review transcript information
- make the correct subject choices
- assist in creating stronger teacher-student relationships
- listen to your personal concerns or problems
- provide college information
- guide students to available college scholarships and financial aid
- provide career choice opportunities
- give information about community resources to address concerns
Students and their parents are encouraged to talk with their school counselor about school-related issues, academic concerns, course offerings, school programs, testing requirements, graduation requirements, graduation plans, and the guidance curriculum.