Elementary College & Career Readiness

Your Child’s School Counselor is a Great Resource for College & Career Readiness

Elementary School Counseling


Effective college and career readiness counseling begins in kindergarten and continues through high school. In elementary school , we are laying the foundation for the work of college & Career Readiness in middle and high schools.


The National Office for School Counseling Advocacy (NOSCA) provides ideas for parents of elementary age students to meet the six standards for College & Career Readiness.


College Aspirations

Number 1

  • Help your child develop a positive engagement in school and build high aspirations.
  • Help your child get to school on time every day. Attendance matters!
  • Introduce your child to the world around them and connect their likes and interests to their community.

Academic Planning for College & Career Readiness

Number 2

  • Support your child academically, help them engage in school, chart their knowledge and skill development, and encourage social interactions that lay the foundation for college and career readiness.
  • Create a positive and productive learning environment at home, including showing interest  in what your child is learning and having a quiet space for homework.

Enrichment and Extracurricular Engagement

Number 3

  • Support your child’s participation in enrichment and extracurricular
  • Develop academic and activity calendars and use portfolios to highlight your student’s accomplishments.
  • Participate in and support school-sponsored enrichment and extracurricular activities, like field trips to museums, colleges, competitions, plays and concerts.

College & Career Exploration and Selection Processes

Number 4

  • Encourage early academic and workforce readiness skills by creating consistent routines that reinforce character and skill-building, such as getting-ready patterns.
  • Participate in your Parent Teacher Association (PTA), as well as to adopt
    leadership roles that fit with your abilities, talents and interests as a parent.
  • Cultivate their children’s interests by paying close attention to their activities during non-school time and talking with their children about how their interests are related to school success and career opportunities

College & Career Assessments

Number 5

  • Assist your child in developing a positive perspective on assessments as tools for gathering information and learning about themselves.
  • Create a positive home environment that helps your child plan for assessments while reducing test anxiety, encouraging positive engagement and  highlighting students’ strengths.
  • Visit with your school counselor about potential college and career assessments/inventories that are available in middle school

College Affordability Planning

Number 6

  • Help your child develop early awareness of financial literacy, including the use of piggy banks and allowances.
  • Begin a saving’s account for your child and visit with him or her about the importance of saving.
  • Learn about the difference between favorable and unfavorable debt as you plan for their child’s future.
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