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The purpose of the Grainger County Department of Education's elementary guidance program is to help students to become successful, productive, and self-sufficient citizens. To be productive citizens our students need

  • to accept responsibility
  • to respect humanity
  • to care for their community
  • to learn to adapt to change
  • to seek peaceful solutions to conflicts
  • to understand that it is their duty to contribute to society


The elementary school guidance counselor helps children

  • learn to make responsible decisions and become independent problem solvers
  • build a positive attitude toward self and others
  • recognize and accept their abilities and limitations
  • understand and deal with their feelings
  • learn to get along with other people
  • cope with situations that are difficult to change
  • become aware of the world of work

The elementary school guidance counselor works with parents by

  • encouraging a positive home/school relationship
  • encouraging better communication with school personnel
  • being available through phone contacts, conferences, and parent organizations

The elementary school guidance counselor works with teachers by

  • receiving classroom concerns and referrals
  • working with the community programs and specialists in the school to meet the needs of children

How does a student get to see the school counselor?

  • Self referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Parent referrral
  • Administrative referral

Reasons students may want to see the guidance counselor

  • support and understanding
  • enhancing self-concept
  • improving peer relationships
  • learning problem solving skills
  • modifying behavior
  • learning about careers
  • feeling good about school