State College Area High School Counseling

    At State High, we are always working to find ways to support students' behavioral and emotional needs. Students may make an appointment to see their assigned school counselor, preferably during study hall or lunch. Students may also stop at the counseling office at any time. If their counselor is not available, students are encouraged to make an appointment with a staff assistant or use the COUNSELOR APPT REQUEST form listed above. The primary role of the Counseling Department is to address all students' academic, career, and personal social/emotional development needs by offering comprehensive school counseling services that promote and enhance student success.  

    Eight school counselors and a Delta/Virtual/RIT counselor make up the counseling staff. At State High, school counselors wear many hats and serve a wide variety of student needs including, but not limited to:

    • Academic counseling and advising 
    • Post-secondary counseling and advising, as well as, assistance with the college application process and letters of recommendation
    • Assistance with career exploration and advising
    • Short-term personal, social, and emotional counseling/support and crisis referrals as needed
    • Facilitation of parent/guardian/teacher communication
    • Other school-related duties, such as serving on committees or serving in extracurricular roles

    There are two permanent counselors assigned to the 9th-grade Learning Community Team. These counselors focus specifically on helping students to successfully make the transition from middle to high school. Learn more about our 9LC.

    In tenth grade, all students will then be assigned (alphabetically) to a new school counselor who will remain with these students for the next three years. This arrangement fosters a close relationship between students, families, and their school counselors, thereby making the high school experience more satisfying and complete.

    The Delta/Virtual/RIT counselor works with students who attend The Delta Program, a non-traditional high school program, and those who are enrolled in the RIT Program (Reclaiming Individual Talents) and our Virtual program.             

    Two lead counselors serve as additional resources for students and families by planning, coordinating, and assessing team activities and facilitating counseling programs throughout the year. Lead counselors also facilitate communication among individual team members and conduct team meetings, and facilitate communication between the counseling department and administrators, specialists, and/or all other departments as appropriate. The lead counselors also communicate regularly with parents via publications, Twitter, and Facebook, and perform other related duties as needed in order to help everyone understand the college planning process and its impact on students.
    The Family Intervention Team is also a part of the Counseling Department and consists of a full-time Home & School Visitor and a District Social Worker.     
    It is our goal and commitment to respect and support all students at State High within a safe and nurturing environment that welcomes everyone.
Last Modified on January 29, 2024