School Counselors

School Counselors

Role of School Counselors

Counselors in a school setting promote and enhance the learning process by implementing an evidence-based school counseling program in alignment with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. As a member of the education team, counselors help every student achieve academic success, navigate personal and social development and plan for meaningful careers. Counselors work together with parents, students, educators, and community professionals to ensure success in learning and preparation to take on life’s challenges. For more information regarding the role of school counselors, please see the following: Empirical Research Studies Supporting the Value of School Counseling

School Counselor Ratios in PUSD

Although ACSA recommends the counselor-student ratio be 1:250, currently in PUSD, the counselor-student ratios are much higher and vary across elementary and secondary levels.


Confidentiality Guidelines

Student confidentiality is important and vital to the counselor-student relationship. School counselors, as required by law and/or ethical standards, must maintain students’ confidentiality with the following exceptions: harm to self or others, abuse or neglect, or by subpoena. For more information on student confidentiality, please click here.


Counseling Websites for PUSD Schools

High Schools

Amador Valley High School Counseling Department

Foothill High School Counseling Department

Village High School


Middle Schools

Hart Middle School Counseling Department

Harvest Park Middle School Counseling Department

Pleasanton Middle School Counseling Department

District Social Workers and Community Resource Page


Suicide Prevention

Mental Health Resources

How to Raise Successful Kids Without Over Parenting-Ted Talk


AP/SAT/PSAT Student Information

ACT Information


American School Counselor Association

WA State’s Rationale and Purpose of School Counselors and Programs in Schools

Impact of the School Counselor