Addressing the Challenge: Overview of the Counseling Curriculum for Grades 9–12
Counseling 21st Century Students for Optimal College and Career Readiness addresses this need. We have designed a comprehensive curriculum in the chapters that follow for high school counselors to engage in the college and career advising process in American schools in the 21st century. Not only is this a program created for counselors to assist students, but it is also an action-based curriculum that actively engages students in constructing a planned methodology to discover what they need to do to succeed beyond high school. Each curriculum chapter contains exercises and activities, making students active participants in their own preparation for post-high school. We expect that such engagement will also provide motivation to achieve and remain focused throughout high school. Our approach is comprehensive since valuable developmental work starts the first day of 9th grade. Therefore, our curriculum fully covers 9-12th grades,
rather than focusing primarily on 11th and 12th grades for college advising. Each curriculum chapter begins with a Memo to Counselors, followed by an actual classroom curriculum plan spoken in the voice of the counselor. An added feature is that while this curriculum is designed for 9th-12th grade students, it can be adapted to the particular counseling structure of individual schools. Best practices are also explained where they are critical to implementing the curriculum.