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Comprehensive Guidance Plan


Guidance Mission

The Goshen Central School District Guidance Staff work to foster each student’s social, emotional, academic, and career development to maximize their educational potential.

Objectives of K–5 Counseling Services

  • To prepare students to participate effectively in the current educational programs and in life
  • To prepare students to participate effectively in their future educational program and their lives
  • To help students who exhibit attendance problems
  • To help students who exhibit academic problems
  • To help students who exhibit behavioral or adjustment problems
  • To help students cope with family issues that impact their education and life
  • To educate students concerning the awareness of child sexual abuse
  • To encourage involvement by parents and guardians
  • To preserve and support the social and emotional health of all students
  • To engage parents in an opportunity to address our students’ social emotional and health needs

Objectives of 6-12 Counseling Services

  • To provide an annual review of each student’s educational progress and career plans with reviews to be conducted with each student individually or with small groups by personnel certified as school counselors
  • To provide comprehensive, developmental counseling services for all students who are in need of support with attendance, academic, career and personal/social issues
  • To help students who exhibit attendance problems, academic problems, behavioral or adjustment problems, family issues that impact their education and life
  • To preserve and support the social and emotional health of all students
  • To evaluate student progress and encourage each student to pursue appropriate programs commensurate with his/her abilities, aptitudes and interests; and to develop a schedule of course work that support progress toward NYS Diploma requirements
  • To inform parents and guardians of student progress and involve them in guidance related services
  • To provide career guidance to students at each grade level so that they may attain the knowledge and skills necessary to secure employment and perform work in a satisfactory manner
  • To provide consultation services to teachers, student support personnel, parents, and administration in understanding and meeting the individual needs of students
  • To maintain a working relationship with all agencies involved with youth
  • To address the needs of students with handicapping or special conditions
  • To provide effective communication to the school community and the community at large
  • To engage parents in an opportunity to address our students’ social emotional and health needs

The Rationale for a Comprehensive School Counseling Program

A comprehensive school counseling program is an integral component of the school’s academic mission. Comprehensive school counseling programs, driven by student data and based on standards in academic, career and personal/social development, promote and enhance the learning process for all students that:

  • ensures equitable access to a rigorous education for all students
  • identifies the knowledge and skills all students will acquire as a result of the K-12 comprehensive school counseling program
  • is delivered to all students in a systematic fashion
  • is based on data-driven decision making
  • is provided by a state-credentialed professional school counselor

Effective school counseling programs are a collaborative effort between the professional school counselor, families and other educators to create an environment promoting student achievement. Education professionals, including professional school counselors, value and respond to the diversity and individual differences in our societies and communities. Comprehensive school counseling programs ensure equitable access to opportunities and rigorous curriculum for all students to participate fully in the educational process.

– Quoted and Adapted from the American School Counselor Association

Guidance Plans
Guidance Plan for Grades K-5
Guidance Plan for Grades 6-12
Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events for K-5
Calendar of Events for 6-8
Calendar of Events for 9-12
Committee Members
Jason Carter
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel & Technology

Heather Hendershot
Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Henry Freedman
Elementary Coordinator at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School/Goshen Intermediate School

Deana Lenz
Guidance Chairperson at Goshen High School

Heather Carman
Principal at C.J. Hooker Middle School

Christopher Haller
Guidance Counselor at Goshen Intermediate School