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Welcome to Keota Public Schools Webpage! My name is Candice Dominguez, the School Counselor Pre-K through 12th grade. This page will provide you with information about the school counseling program.

What is a School Counselor? -a (minimum Master's level) certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for every student to achieve academic and social success. 


Mission Statement/Philosophy: 

The mission of the Keota School District insures the development of social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative skills. The counseling program is designed to assist in the development of the whole child.

 We believe, to function successfully in today’s society; students need to grow in the sense of self-worth and enhanced positive attitudes. To facilitate this growth, the activities and services provided through the counseling program will be developmentally based, sequential and preventative. The program, implemented during the school year, serves all students and is part of the educational process. A comprehensive program requires the cooperative effort of the counselor, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and community.

 The four basic components of the school counseling program: 

  1. Guidance Curriculum: provides guidance content to all students through classroom and/or group activities. The Counselor’s role is guidance, consultation and facilitation.
    1. Personal/Social Development
    2. Academic Development
    3. Career Development
  2. Individual planning: student planning and goal setting. The Counselor’s role is guidance, consultation, assessment and placement.
    1. Personal/Social Development- short and long term goals.
    2. Academic Development- educational opportunities, course selection, and utilization of test scores.
    3. Career Development- knowledge of opportunities, training, education/career planning. 
  3. Responsive services: address immediate concerns of students through prevention and intervention. The Counselor’s roles are counseling, consultation, and referral.
    1. Personal/Social Development- grief, substance abuse, abuse, family and coping skills.
    2. Academic- absences, classroom conduct, educational opportunities for eligible juveniles and dropout prevention. 
  4. Support System: staff support activities and services. The Counselor’s role is program management and coordination.
    1. Guidance program development
    2. Parent collaboration
    3. Staff development
    4. School improvement
    5. Community outreach

 Teachers—to help students understand the goals and maintain a teacher-counselor partnership for the maximum benefit of students;

 Principals—to help students collaborate with counselors to design and deliver a quality guidance and counseling program and to assist counselors in implementing the program;

 District Administrators: such as Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents—to assist Counselors provide appropriate support for guidance and counseling program development efforts, and to establish procedures that enhance the effectiveness of the guidance and counseling program;

Board of Education—to assist the school set policies for effective guidance and counseling programs in their schools.