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We Are Here To Give A Helping Hand

9th & 11th Grade
Miss. Selesta Rodgers
Academic Building

10th & 12th Grades
Mrs. Rhonda Fowlkes
Academic Building

Our Mission
All students can learn.  A student who is troubled however, cannot learn as easily.  School counselors can help.  Family fragmentation, substance abuse, child abuse, poverty, violence, and suicide are among the social stressors placing numerous students at risk of educational failure and dropping out of school.  Early intervention is essential with patents and guardians playing a vital role.  A guidance program that provides direct services and is directed by a professional trained counselor is a critical component of a school's prevention efforts in the 21st century.

What is a School Counselor?

  • A certified, specially trained professional
  • An educator who advocates for all students
  • A coordinator
  • A consultant
  • A group leader
  • A mediator
  • A professional who helps teacher, parents, and other adults to understand children
  • A professional who helps children understand themselves and others

What does a School Counselor Do?

  • Design a guidance program for all students based on campus needs assessment
  • Counsel student individually and in groups
  • Responds to students needs in crisis situations
  • Orientate students to a new school setting
  • Work with absences, potential dropouts, and other at risk students
  • Participate actively in the referral process of student to special programs and/or services
  • Coordinates efforts with their school specialties
  • Help with individual school college, and career, plan to increase graduation rate
  • Coordinate school to work initiatives
  • Coordinates with post-secretary institutes to increase college attendance
  • Pursues continuous opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Adheres to ethical and legal standards
  • Assists in administration of the State Testing Program

We Work with Conditions that Interfere with a Student's Social, Emotional, and Learning Process

  • Abuse
  • Dropout
  • Gang Pressures
  • Peer Problems
  • Stress
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Underachievement

  • Anger
  • Eating Disorders
  • Harassment/Sexual Harassment
  • Phobias
  • Substances Abuse
  • Test Anxiety

  • Divorce
  • Family Crisis
  • Loss and Grief
  • Safety
  • Suicide
  • Trauma

Why do Parents Contact a School Counselor?

  • Academic achievement
  • Test interpretation
  • Student crisis situations
  • New School, registration, orientation, and transition
  • Special needs of students
  • Family transitions

What Basic Life Skills does a School Counselor Teach?

  • Self understanding and self-confidence
  • Decision-making, goal setting, planning and problem solving (conflict resolution)
  • Career awareness
  • Motivation to achieve
  • Communication skills
  • Safety issues
  • Interpersonal relationships to include social skills
  • Respect for others and appreciation of cultural differences
  • Self - empowerment and resiliency

A.H. Parker High School *900 - 4th Street North* Birmingham* Alabama * 35204