|The Counseling Program exists to help students understand and accept themselves, make decisions, develop educational and career plans, and resolve special concerns they have as individuals. There are eight grade level counselors, two college counselors and three school social workers who work with students in Grades 9-12. In addition, counselor interns and social work interns from the university assist our students and staff.Kamehameha’s counselors serve students, teachers, and parents in four major areas:
- Counseling - to prevent as well as to reduce student problems through advising students on appropriate course selections, monitoring their activities and progress, discussing student problems with teachers, working with students to help them realize and meet their school responsibilities, and assisting with college financial aid and admissions.
- Teaching Guidance Classes – to insure that all students receive appropriate, timely and consistent information, counselors teach mandatory guidance classes at all grade levels.
- Communicating with Families – to coordinate and follow through on necessary and desired contacts with families.
- Consulting with Staff – to advise faculty members on counseling and guidance techniques and inform them of any special problems that students may have.
The guidance curriculum at the 9th and 10th grade level includes sessions in self-esteem and motivation, goal setting, values clarification, coping with stress, understanding aptitude and achievement test results, decision-making, four-year planning, peer relationships, volunteer work, and a discussion about careers and the local/national job market. The 11th and 12th grade curriculum focuses on post-high school planning. Topics include planning for the future, choosing a college, college and career resources available to students, resumes and recommendations, summer options (work, school, volunteer, etc.), financial aid, and entrance test registration.
The Student Parent Program – This program is designed to assist student parents in completing the graduation requirements necessary for earning their diplomas. Services to students include individual scheduling; student, group and family counseling, as appropriate; and assistance in obtaining needed services from community agencies.
A letter from either parents or guardians should be addressed to the Principal requesting consideration for inclusion of a student in this program. This letter should be accompanied by an attending physician’s statement regarding the health of the student, any program restrictions and/or limitations, and the expected confinement date.