Counseling Department Mission Statement

The mission of the RPS 9-12 counseling department is to support all students by providing a comprehensive school counseling program which promotes equity, access and success. This program will assist students in achieving academic rigor and resiliency in becoming lifelong learners in an ever- changing global society.  Along with all stakeholders, it is our mission to support students in reaching their maximum potential of high academic achievement, social/emotional growth, and fulfill post-secondary and career ready goals.

Counseling Department Vision Statement

The vision of our school counseling program is that all students will possess the knowledge and college and career readiness skills necessary to be productive and contributing members of our constantly changing global community.  Students strive to be lifelong learners with a growth mindset as they respond to the needs of our evolving global economy and society.  Our students will use strong resiliency skills and implement problem-solving and critical thinking as they work collaboratively with stakeholders, respecting diversity and equity for all.

Counseling Services

Academic Planning – choosing courses for next year, tracking graduation progress, four year planning and class selection, scheduling, credit recovery, dual enrollment, test prep information, study skills

Career and Educational Planning – college and the application process, financial aid and scholarships, career planning and exploration, military information, apprenticeship/trades information, sophomore meetings, junior interviews, senior audits

Personal/Social Issues – Coping strategies, resiliency, peer relationships, effective social skills, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, anxiety, counseling referrals

How to Make an Appointment with Your Counselor

  • Stop by the counseling office and make an appointment with the secretaries to see your counselor.
  • Email your counselor to request an appointment or ask a question.
  • You will receive a pass the morning of the appointment. Present that to your teacher before leaving class for the counseling office.  Upon your return, provide the teacher with the signed pass.

Confidentiality Disclosure

Confidentiality is kept with these exceptions:

  • You tell me to tell someone.
  • I believe you might be a danger to yourself or others (example: suicide ideation).
  • I become aware of or suspect child abuse or neglect.
  • I am ordered by the court to disclose information.

Seniors

Graduation Requirements

To prepare our students with knowledge and skills for 21st century jobs, Rockford Public Schools has created a thorough set of graduation requirements. With these requirements, students will be well prepared for their future endeavors in both college and the workforce.

Graduates in black, with orange draping ribbons stand up out of their seats
Three students crowd around one of their peers on a laptop

Scholarships

There are many different resources for students when it comes to covering college costs. The government as well as many private organizations and colleges offer assistance when it comes to post-secondary schooling. Scholarships may be given for an array of things, a few examples  of these being students with strong academic and athletic skills, specific ethnic backgrounds, and students of parents working for a certain company.