The mission of Owens Elementary School's comprehensive school counseling and guidance program is to prepare every student socially, and emotionally for present and future challenges. Students are provided with opportunities to gain an understanding of self and others, to participate in educational and occupational exploration, and to pursue career planning opportunities in an environment that is safe, caring, and encouraging. The counselor works in collaborative partnerships with students, educators, parents, and community members to empower students to reach their highest level as productive members of society.
The comprehensive counseling and guidance program provided by the counselor at Owens Elementary School are based on the following tenets:
- Every student has the right to experience respect and dignity as a human being and to benefit from the counseling and guidance services described in the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance State Model for Alabama Public Schools (the State Plan), Bulletin 2003, No. 89.
- Every student has the right to participate in activities that promote self-direction and self-development.
- Every student has the right to make choices and accept responsibility for choices made.
- Every student has the right to participate in a comprehensive school counseling and guidance program designed to assist all students in attaining their maximum potential in academic, career, and personal/social development.
The comprehensive school counseling and guidance program is an essential integrated component of the total instructional program through which students have maximum opportunity for academic, career, and personal/social development. In this regard, the school counseling and guidance program involves a planned, purposeful, and sequential program of activities that begins in kindergarten and continues through the fifth grade. Comprehensive school counseling and guidance program are data-driven by student needs and provide outcome-based accountability measures that align the school counseling and guidance program with the school's overall academic mission.