Hints for Parents/Guardians

During High School

One of the most important people you will come in contact with during your student’s high school career is his or her counselor. Here are some tips you can use to help build helpful relationships.

Get to know them

  • Encourage your son/daughter to get to know the counselors early in his/her high school career. Have him/her make an appointment to talk to them, learn about their policies and procedures, and learn about programs they host at your student’s school.
  • Your son/daughter may want to introduce goals, skills, strengths and weaknesses. This will make future conversations much more productive.

Keep in contact

  • Introduce yourself to the school counselor at school events – open house, parent/ teacher conferences and maintain contact.
  • Encourage the student to navigate the course of high school with the counselor. While you should never hesitate to ask your student’s counselor questions, you will be helping your son/daughter develop into a responsible adult by encouraging him or her to take charge of his/her issues.
  • Encourage your student to schedule another face-to-face appointment to check in.

Stay involved

  • Participate in as many parent activities as you can at your student’s school,
    including open houses, college fairs, college workshops, evening programs and/or financial more knowledgeable about the types of educational, occupational and personal choices your student will be making about high school and life beyond high school.

Utilize counseling resources

  • Counselors do their best to make resources on a variety of topics available to you. Newsletters, web sites, pamphlets and informational programs are all often available to give you more information. Take advantage of these resources.

By maintaining a good relationship with your student’s counselor, and by making sure your son/daughter is following through with the goals the counselor helps set, you can make the most of your son/daughter’s time in high school.