These services are provided by certified school counselors in each school. At all levels, counseling services are supplemented by the services of a school psychologist. At the Middle School, the counselors provide individual and group counseling services, as well as consultation services to parents and Middle School staff.
The counselor visits classrooms to discuss various topics such as bully prevention, safe schools, violence prevention and healthy decision making. In preparation for high school, the counselor meets with the eighth grade students to review interests and academic skills. At this time, plans are made for future course selections and career decisions. Ninth graders are then seen in small groups during the first month of school to aid in the transition to the high school and to address any questions or concerns. Tenth graders are seen in December to become acquainted with the BOCES Occupational Programs and are given the opportunity to visit any program that might be of interest. Eleventh grade is a year of extensive post-graduation planning.
A typical East Aurora graduating class finds 89% of their students attend college. 63% of its students enrolled in four-year colleges, 26% enrolled in two-year colleges, 15-20% graduating from occupational programs and about 3% entering the Armed Forces. Twelfth grade is a time for making specific decisions. The counseling staff relies heavily on computer services which list information on over 1,750 colleges, 1,000 careers, financial aid, scholarships and the Armed Forces.
If secondary school students or their parents have any questions about academic programs, scheduling, graduation requirements or postgraduate plans, they should contact their school counselor.