Infographic Text: Why Your School Probably Needs More School Counselors
School counselors help kids:
- Stay in school
- Deal with bullying
- Choose the right classes
- Work through emotional issues
- Apply to college
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends schools have at least 1 counselor for every 250 students. Schools that meet these guidelines tend to have:
- Higher attendance levels
- Higher average SAT scores
- Higher graduation rates
Counselors at these schools may also have more time to counsel each student, giving them individual attention.
However, few American schools meet this ideal 1:250 ratio. In the 2016-2017 school year, the average ratio was 1 counselor per 455 students. Only two states met ASCA recommendations: Vermont (1:202) and New Hampshire (1:220).
1.6 million American children go to a school that has at least 1 law enforcement officer but 0 school counselors.
Schools that wish to prioritize student mental health and academic achievement would do well to invest in the professionals who can help make that happen.
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- Student-to-school-counselor ratio 2016-2017 [PDF]. (n.d.). American School Counselor Association. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2LZ5WcY
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