• Counseling Services Overview

    The Waco ISD School Guidance and Counseling Program utilize the Texas Counseling Association and American School Counselor Association models as a guide for the development of our program.  Waco ISD counselors strive to provide our students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to achieve academic success, college, and career readiness, and social/emotional development.

    Counselors collaborate with other staff members, parents/guardians, and community representatives to devise programs that are supportive and ensure students meet their goals. 


    The Waco ISD Counseling Program will deliver guidance lessons and interventions by integrating four key components (Texas Education Code (TEC) 33.005):

    Waco ISD school counselors provide:


    Guidance Counseling

    Waco ISD counselors will teach all students basic life skills identified as essential for academic and personal success:

    • Self-confidence
    • Motivation to achieve
    • Responsible behavior
    • Decision-making, goal-setting, planning, and problem-solving
    • Communication skills
    • Cross-cultural effectiveness


    Individual Academic Planning

    Waco ISD counselors help students transition, plan, and manage their educational and career plans:

    • Academic planning
    • Four-year plans
    • Course selections


    Responsive Services

    Waco ISD counselors assist students with personal concerns or problems that may hinder academic success:

    • Short-term individual counseling
    • Small group counseling
    • Academic concerns
    • School-related concerns


    System Support

    Waco ISD counselors coordinate programs that are designed to support students and families

    • Referrals to Multi-tiered Systems of Support
    • Teacher and/or administrator consultation
    • Parent education workshops
    • Staff development for educators