School counselors have a tremendous responsibility in addressing the personal/social, academic, and career needs of every South Carolina student in prekindergarten through grade twelve. As student advocates, counselors provide support and foster student development as children learn to live, learn to learn, and learn to work. In addition, school counselors use the ASCA National Model as a framework for a data-informed school counseling program. The ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success describe the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness, and social/emotional development.

    Program Domains

    A comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program provides developmental opportunities and experiences that address three central student-development areas: learning to live (personal/social), learning to learn (academic), and learning to work (career).

    Program Goals

    At the elementary level, the guidance and counseling program promotes personal, social, and academic skills that are necessary to be successful. It emphasizes responsible decision making, coping strategies, self understanding, and career development.

    Program Components

    The comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program components organize the work of counselors into four major components: guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and system support.


    For more information regarding the South Carolina Comprehensive Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program Model, click here.

    Here, ASCA outlines the essential role of elementary school counselors.