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Standards for School Counseling

The Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools are organized by grade level under the following goals:

Academic Development

GOALStudents will acquire the academic preparation essential to choose from a variety of educational, training, and employment options upon completion of secondary schools.

Grades 6-8

Students will:

  • MA1. Understand the relationship of personal abilities, goals, skills, 
  • interests, and motivation to academic achievement, 
  • MA2. Understand the relationship of dependability, productivity, and 
  • initiative to academic success, 
  • MA3. Understand the importance of high school course and/or program 
  • selection in relation to future academic and career options,
  • MA4. Understand high school graduation requirements, 
  • MA5. Understand individual assessment results in relation to educational 
  • progress, 
  • MA6. Demonstrate the skills needed to develop a high school educationa l 
  • plan based on ability, interest, and achievement, and4
  • MA7. Demonstrate responsibility for actions to ensure a successful
  • transition from middle school to high school.


Career Development

GOAL: Students will investigate the world of work in order to make informed career decisions

Grades 6-8

Students will:

  • MC1. Identify the relationship of course content, educational 
  • achievement, and career choices,
  • MC2. Identify personal preferences, skills, and interests that influence 
  • career choices and success,
  • MC3. Understand the effect of career choices on quality of life, 
  •  MC4. Understand that behaviors such as punctuality, courtesy, proper 
  • dress and language, and hard work are essential to success in the 
  • job market,
  • MC5. Demonstrate understanding of the education and training needed to 
  • achieve career goals,
  •  MC6. Demonstrate employability skills such as individual initiative, 
  • teamwork, problem solving, organization, and communication,
  • MC7. Use research skills to locate, evaluate, and interpret career and 
  • educational information, and
  • MC8. Demonstrate awareness of educational, vocational, and technical 
  • training opportunities available in high school.

    Personal/Social Development

    GOAL: Students will acquire an understanding of, and respect for, self and others, and the skills to be responsible citizens

    Grades 6-8

    Students will:

    • MP1. Recognize the effect of peer pressure on decision making,
    • MP2. Understand the consequences of decisions and choices, 
    • MP3. Understand the emotional and physical dangers of substance use 
    • and abuse,
    •  MP4. Use appropriate decision making and problem solving skills, 
    • MP5. Demonstrate appropriate skills for interactions with adults and 
    • developing and maintaining positive peer relationships,
    • MP6. Use appropriate communication and conflict resolution skills with 
    • peers and adults, and
    • MP7. Understand how character traits, interests, abilities, and 
    • achievement relate to attaining personal, educational, and career 
    • goals.


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