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Accreditation Standard #4.10
School Employs Guidance Counseling Personnel or Plan

The school employs a full time guidance counselor for high schools with 300+ full time equivalent (FTE) students, a half-time counselor for high schools with 100-299 FTE students, and a contracted consultant for high schools with 1-99 FTE students. A written guidance plan is followed specifying personnel and procedures used to provide counseling services for elementary and middle schools.

Explanatory Standards (ES)

    1. A person assigned as a full time or part time guidance counselor or consultant satisfies one of the following criteria:
      a) Is certified in guidance or is certifiable; or
      b) Has a degree in a suitable area with sufficient experience or training in guiding students in educational matters to warrant their appointment; in such cases, to warrant assignment to this important task, the school head shall verify in writing for submission to the visiting team chair the reasons for the appointment.

    2. A person assigned as a full time or part time college admissions counselor satisfies one of the following criteria:
      a) Is certified in guidance or is certifiable; or
      b) Has a degree in a suitable area with sufficient experience or training in guiding students in educational matters to warrant their appointment; in such cases, to warrant assignment to this important task, the school head shall verify in writing for submission to the visiting team chair the reasons for the appointment.

    3. Elementary and Middle schools will follow a written guidance plan specifying personnel and procedures.