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School Counseling

The Karns City faculty includes two full-time school counselors: Ms. Riley is the grades 7-9 school counselor, and Mr. Bowser is the grades 10-12 school counselor. 

KC School Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the Karns City School Counseling Department is to provide a developmental program that will facilitate and support the educational achievement of all students.  The program focuses on personal development, academic success, and postsecondary planning.  Our goal is to promote students’ sense of responsibility personally, socially, and academically, so that students can work towards their full potential.  The counseling department works in conjunction with other school personnel, programs and community resources. 

The counseling department strives to be in alignment with the goals established by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Standards.  We believe the implementation of a planned systematic program ensures each student can develop his/her individual potential in three specific areas: academic, career, and personal/social development.

What is a School Counselor?

As school counselors, we envision the school counseling department being an integral part of the education program that is aimed to assist students in their preparation for becoming successful and productive members of a changing society.  As counselors, we function in a number of different capacities including: counselor, consultant, teacher, manager and role model. As counselors, we will work to provide advocacy, leadership, collaboration and systemic change to the school community.  As counselors, we will work in conjunction with teachers, administrators, parents and community members to assist students in achievement of their goals. As counselors, we do not make decisions for students, but help them acquire facts and ideas to make decisions.

Learn more about the role of a school counselor.

What is a Chapter 339 Guidance Plan?

Pennsylvania requires all school districts to have a K-12 School Counseling Plan as part of Chapter 339. This plan addresses the importance of career planning for all students related to labor market projections and workforce needs.

View the KCHS Chapter 339 Plan.