Student and Family Support and Engagement

School Counseling Services

About School-Based Counselors

Professional school counselors are leaders who advocate, collaborate, and facilitate individual and system change to ensure every student has the knowledge and skills necessary for academic success and personal growth. There are certified, professional school counselors in each elementary, middle, and high school within MCPS. You can reach your child's school counselor by contacting the School Counseling Department in your child's school.

Learn about the roles of school-based counselors and get answers to frequently asked questions about:

About School Counseling Services

School Counseling Services works to promote the academic success and personal growth of every student through:

  • Supporting the implementation of the MCPS Comprehensive School Counseling Program
  • Providing staff development, consultation, and resources that enhance the knowledge and skills of school counselors.
  • Collaborating with other MCPS departments, higher education, and community agencies.
  • Providing education and outreach to parents and other community members.

MCPS 2021 School Counselor of the Year

MCPS annually recognizes the outstanding and exemplary work of an elementary, middle and high school school counselor. The nomination period for the 2021 School Counselor of the Year awards is now open. School Counselors can be nominated by school administrators, staff members, students, parents/caregivers or community partners. To nominate a School Counselor of the Year, please see the guidelines and nomination form below.

Nominations have been extended to Friday, April 23, 2021.

School Counselor of the Year

2021 School Counselor of the Year Flyer


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