Guidance Department General Info
The Mission of the Guidance Department is to assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become successful students, responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners. We promote academic excellence and career development while ensuring personal and social growth through the utilization of school and community resources.
Murrow Guidance Counselors Believe
1. All students can achieve at high levels
2. Every student is valuable and unique
3. All students will have access to high quality school counseling services
4. All students’ ethnic, cultural and racial differences are considered in the design and delivery of school counseling services
5. All students can expect that our school is a safe and nurturing environment
Murrow Guidance Counselor Role
Guidance counselors are certified/ licensed educators, making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, career and social/emotional developmental needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.
- To help all students in the areas of academic achievement
- To aid in personal/social development as well as career development
- Counselors provide individual and group counseling
- Counselors provide classroom social/emotional “Guidance Lessons”
- Counselors consult and guide students on class selection and meeting graduation requirements
Our College office
The goal of the Edward R. Murrow High School College Office is to support students as they strive to reach their academic potential while navigating through the college process. We help foster student development by providing personal and academic counseling as they mature throughout their educational experience. The College Office consults with students, parents, teachers, administrators and professionals within the community to make collaborative decisions keeping the best interest of the student in mind.
By creating a supportive environment, it is our goal to ensure a successful transition to college and beyond. Students enrolled in grades 9-12 will have opportunities to explore a variety of career areas that will assist in post-secondary planning. Different assessments will be administered to raise awareness of students’ achievement, ability and career interests. As graduation nears, students will develop and discuss post-secondary options with the college counselor. Educating students and parents about colleges, the college exploration/application process, trends, procedures and testing; advising and supporting a class of 800 seniors and their families as they go through the process and helping students and families aspire realistically and choose wisely. The College Office meets with juniors and seniors, individually and in groups to talk about process and individual college choices. Additionally, College Planning Workshops for students and their families are administered four times a year. The office also advises 9th and 10th graders on curricular choices, as needed, and works with international (undocumented) students to understand the US college admissions, especially aspects unique to them.
The College Office will guide students through individual planning so that by the end of high school, they are college, career and life ready. Our partnerships with families and the school community, promotes an environment that will ensure post high school success.
Additional Support for The Murrow Community
Through the organization “Day One” students at Murrow will have access to a Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) Counselor. Day One, partners with youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development.
The RAPP Counselor, located in our guidance office, works with the Murrow Community to put the spotlight on intimate partner violence and is regularly sought out by local and national media as an expert on this issue. Through their preventive education and leadership trainings, as well as their work to expand legal rights for youth survivors, “Day One” is a leader in the movement to combat intimate partner violence among youth.
The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
Social Workers from the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services are available in our guidance office to address a broad spectrum of issues that affect teenagers, including truancy from school, depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral problems, mental illness, substance abuse, family conflict and sexual exploitation. They also deal with issues of housing, education, and co-occurring substance use and medical disorders.
The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services are a team of clinical professionals and dedicated caregivers. Their services include cognitive behavioral therapy, special education and vocational training.
The Jewish Board provides comprehensive assessments and treatments delivered in individual, family, and group settings. Students and their families have access to their support 12 months per year. Appointments with the Jewish board during the school year are held at Edward R. Murrow. During the summer months appointments can continue at the Jewish Board’s off campus locations.