Hamilton Central School Counseling Department


    Hamilton Central School’s counseling program targets the needs of students’ academic, social, emotional and career growth. HCS school counselors are professionals who serve as student advocates and collaborate with families, other educators, and community resources. Working in conjunction with these stakeholders, school counselors facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skill sets necessary for students to become productive and contributing members of society. Hamilton has counselors in every building PK-12 to help ensure that the doors of opportunity are open for every student upon graduating from HCS.  


    The Role of the School Counselor


    “Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career and social/emotional development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.” Amercian School Counseling Association, https://www.schoolcounselor.org/administrators/role-of-the-school-counselor


    Our School Counselors Provide:


    Social-Emotional Counseling when personal difficulties impede academic success

    ~Individual counseling

    ~Group counseling

    ~Crisis Intervention and response

    ~Prevention based classroom lessons

    ~Consult with/refer to outside agencies


    Academic Support

    ~Course selection/graduation requirements

    ~Draft four year plans beginning in 8th grade

    ~Monitor academic progress minimally four times/year

    ~Connect with support services for struggling students

    ~Standardized NYS testing coordination

    ~Grade level meetings with teaching staff

    ~Facilitate Parent/teacher conferences


    Career Exploration and Planning

    ~Annual career exploration related activities with each grade level k-12

    ~College planning and application process

    ~Consulting and coordinating with higher education resources

    ~Transition planning for students with special needs

    ~Support for students exploring military, CTE/vocational pathways, gap year

    ~PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP test coordination


    Additionally HCS school counselors

    ~Participate in building wide support teams (ie: RtI, CSE, BIT)

    ~Monitor and update district wide curriculum

    ~Build and edit master schedule annually


          Contact the HCS Counseling Department : 315-824-6327 



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    Proposed New York State Regulations for School Counseling Services:

    Proposal Amendments to Sections 52.21 and 100.2(j) – School Counseling, Certification Requirements for School Counselors and Program Registration Requirements for School Counseling Preparation Programs




Last Modified on April 7, 2020