Montana - School Counseling—secondary grade levels (9-12): Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in secondary grade levels (9-12).

Administrative Rules of Montana, Department of Education, Chapter Standards of accreditation, Subchapter School leadership, 10.55.710 Assignment of school counseling staff

(2) A minimum equivalent of one full-time counselor for each 400 high school students (including grades 7 and 8 if high school funding is received) shall be provided. The counselor/student ratio shall be prorated.


Administrative Rules of Montana, Department of Education, Chapter Standards of accreditation, Subchapter School counseling: program, 10.55.1901 School counseling program delivery standards

(1) In general, school counseling shall:

  • (a) meet the following conditions:
    • (i) provide a comprehensive developmentally planned program;
    • (ii) advocate for all students and encourage students to develop to their full potential;
    • (iii) respect the worth and dignity of all individuals by building trust and respecting confidentiality; and
    • (iv) contribute as an integral part of the education process that is delivered through a variety of systems by school staff, students, parents, business, and industry.
  • (b) include the following practices:
    • (i) maximize students' potential in the areas of academics, career, and personal/social development;
    • (ii) develop a guidance curriculum presented through structured groups and classroom presentations;
    • (iii) conduct individual planning using assessment, advisement, placement, and follow- up;
    • (iv) deliver responsive services through individual and group counseling, consultation, and referral; and
    • (v) provide system support through management, consultation with staff, community outreach, and public relations.
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