Vision: Empowering students to be authentic, successful, and responsible members of the school and community through delivery of a comprehensive, ASCA aligned, School Counseling program.
Mission:The mission of the Roncalli STEM Academy Counseling Center is to create a data driven program designed to close achievement gaps through individual, small-group, large-group, classroom, and virtual services.
Roncalli STEM Academy School Counselors believe:
All students deserve to be treated with dignity and worth.
All students will have equitable access to a comprehensive school counseling program administered by licensed school counselors.
All students have the ability to achieve success with equitable access to advocacy and support.
Each student can achieve academic, career and social/emotional success when given appropriate and timely support and interventions as well as relevant instruction.
Each student has the right to a safe and nurturing high-quality instructional environment that supports and enhances academic achievement and leadership.
All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, gender differences and special needs should be recognized and respected throughout the implementation of the school counseling program, and school counselors should continuously engage in professional development that supports the unique cultural needs of those students.
All students should be empowered through advocacy and leadership that helps them learn to become resilient self-advocates in face of adversity.
Students will learn leadership and self-advocacy in practice alongside school counselors to help them overcome challenges in all areas and environments.
School counselors will serve as leaders and collaborators alongside staff, parents/guardians, and stakeholders to assess individual and systemic barriers for students success and will advocate for positive reform so that schools feel inclusive and safe for all students.
School counselors will create positive and respectful relationships with other school staff through consultation, staff development, and collaboration.
School counselors will seek consultation or collaboration opportunities from other knowledgeable staff members such as teachers, special education providers, school psychologists, social workers, and administrators when necessary to ensure high-quality instruction and program delivery is provided.
The school counselor will abide by the Ethical Standards set forth by the American School Counseling Association.
School counselors will use multiple data points to design, implement, evaluate, and continuously improve the comprehensive school counseling program.
The mission of the Roncalli STEM Academy Counseling Center is to provide a comprehensive counseling program available to all students. We will establish and support a clear focus on student learning where we are all accountable to our students and where students are engaged learners who profit from their success.
All students will achieve success in school and will be prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.
School counselors are advocates for every student. All students have significance, worth, and the potential to achieve success.
All students – regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation – shall have equal access to all services (academic, career, and personal/social) provided by the counseling program and the school.
The school counseling program serves a central role in meeting students’ developmental needs through interventions in academic, career, and personal/social domains.
Student needs can be best met through a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program in collaboration with all stakeholders.
School counselors are leaders and agents of change in school culture and academic achievement.
The school counseling program provides valuable resources to be used in collaboration with educational stakeholders to increase equity and access to opportunity.
Learning experiences should be designed around the students’ needs in such a way as to make them personally meaningful to students.
All students learn best when positive relationships are present and fostered by all educational stakeholders.
School counselors develop positive relationships and recognize the unique strengths and abilities possessed by each individual student as tools to achieve their goals.
A comprehensive school counseling program is tailored to meet students’ educational and developmental needs as identified through assessments, delivered using evidence-based programs, and evolved through data analysis of outcomes.
The American School Counselor Association ethical standards should guide the work of the school counseling program and school counselors.
Colorado’s Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP)
What is ICAP?
Colorado’s Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) Initiative was enacted into law during the 2009 Legislative Session. Pursuant to SB 09-256, the State Board of Education is required to establish ICAP standards for students enrolled in public schools in the state. The intent of this provision in the legislation is to ultimately decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates by assisting students in developing and maintaining a personalized postsecondary and workforce readiness (PWR) plan for success.
An ICAP should be designed to assist a student and his or her parent or legal guardian in exploring the postsecondary career and educational opportunities available to the student, aligning coursework and curriculum, applying to postsecondary education institutions, securing financial aid and ultimately entering the workforce.
When students take ownership of their educational options and connect them to their future, their motivation increases and they progress further. ICAP’s are plans that students develop to personalize their education in order to meet their learning, earning and living goals. ICAP’s guide students in their class choices, encourage students to think about and plan for their futures and provide students with a seamless transition into their postsecondary choices. ICAP’s are initiated at the middle school (6th-8thgrade) level and are coordinated by school counseling programs. In middle school, students will take the following steps to begin planning for the future:
Develop initial ICAP
Select clusters of interests and strengths
Explore a variety of postsecondary options along with corresponding entrance requirements
Plan extended learning and extracurricular opportunities using ICAP