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School Counseling

Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Counseling Program strives to produce high achieving learners who graduate college and career ready, well prepared to meet the challenges and high expectations of a diverse and changing world. All students participate in quality opportunities for self-directed personal growth supported by the comprehensive School Counseling Program. The School Counseling Program facilitates strategic partnerships between the school, family and community to develop successful, life-long learners and productive citizens.

The Counseling Program at middle and high schools seeks to positively impact the lives of all our students by partnering with staff, parents and community.

Our program offers comprehensive planning and guidance services addressing student academic, diverse career and college goals, as well as personal and social development.

We work to give all students the opportunities to acquire the educational and social competencies necessary for growth toward lifelong success and effective, responsible citizenship for a diverse and changing world.

The District's School Counseling Service uses Counseling Logic Model as a blueprint for learning and evaluation that provides a common language and point of reference for counseling activities and outcomes related to students. The model is based on best practices as defined by the American School Counselors Association, as well as guided by PAUSD's Guidance/Counseling Services Board Policy.

The Logic Model illustrates what activities counselors engage in to promote student success and how student success is defined and measured. It guides and informs programs, initiatives and practices. Long-term outcomes are defined as outputs that every student receives at graduation, while interim and short-term outcomes occur throughout a students secondary experience.

If you have any questions, contact the Student Services Office at (650) 833-4208