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Belief Statements, Vision, & Mission

School Counseling Program Vision


The Vision of Cortez Magnet K-8’s school counseling program is that ALL students will be equipped with social/emotional, academic, and college/career skills to help them reach their highest potential when they graduate high school. Our Wizards function as empowered members of our community as they demonstrate the core values of empathy, compassion, and respect for all in their daily lives. Our Wizards are life-long learners in an ever-transforming world and apply the learned mindsets, skills and knowledge to achieve personal growth and success as they enter college and/or the workforce and thrive in the 21st century.


School Counseling Program Mission


The Mission of Cortez Magnet K-8’s school counseling program is to provide a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program that focuses on promoting growth in students’ attitudes, skills, and knowledge by addressing the needs and interests of all students as it relates to their academic, social-emotional, and college/career development. The school counselor seeks opportunities to advocate for all students, empower students, and cultivate a positive school climate that fosters acceptance of diversity, empathy, and respect for all. In order to meet the needs of students, promote student learning and achievement, and prepare students with the life-long needed skills to thrive in 21st century to and  achieve overall success, the school counselor advocates for equity, access, and success for every student through the implementation and delivery of a Multi-Tier Multi-domain system of supports. These interventions include but are not limited to: core-curriculum, small groups, and individual counseling, and collaborating/consulting with teachers, school staff, parents, and community agencies to support student needs.


School Counseling Program Beliefs

The Cortez School Counseling Department believes that:

    • All students should have access to a comprehensive school counseling program that is driven by data.
    • All students can reach their full social-emotional, college/career, and academic potential.
    • All students regardless of their beliefs, ethnicity, race, gender identity, academic differences, or special needs should have equitable access to a 21st-century education.
    • All students will gain an understanding of respect of self and others; problem-solving and decision-making; emotional-management skills; skills for learning; and the influence of academic habits on success- through the delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program. 
    • Education and academic progress is a responsibility shared by students, parents, staff, and community and is based on an atmosphere of mutual respect and collaboration.
    • The American School Counselor Association's (ASCA's) ethical standards should guide the work of the school counseling program and school counselor.