Counseling Program

Angie Smith

Angie Smith, MO Certified Professional School Counselor & School Psychological Examiner, is the K-5 School Counselor at Elkhorn Elementary. She has more than 20 years experience as a school counselor in Missouri public schools.   She works at Elkhorn on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Phone Number 816-630-9270 ext. 4004.

General Information

The Excelsior Springs School District believes that the Comprehensive School Counseling Program is an essential and integral part of the overall educational process kindergarten through grade twelve. The guidance and counseling staff includes certified school counselors in each K-12 building.  Excelsior Springs Professional School Counselors, working within the framework of the program, make major contributions to the primary educational mission and Comprehensive School Improvement Plan of the District by providing all students with school counseling activities and services that facilitate and enhance their academic, career, and personal and social development. While Excelsior Springs Professional School Counselors are available to respond to the unique needs of each student, all students along with their parents, receive the full benefits of the program’s guidance and counseling activities and services at all levels, K-12.

The four core components of the School Counseling Program are:

  • School Counseling Curriculum – large structured group and classroom presentations
  • Individual Student Planning – appraisal, educational and occupational planning, and placement
  • Responsive Services – Individual counseling, small-group counseling, consultation, and referral
  • System Support – program management, fair-share responsibilities, professional development, staff and community relations, consultation, committee participation, community outreach, and research and development.

School Counseling Curriculum Goals

Personal and Social Development

  • Understanding self as an individual and as a member of local and global communities
  • Interacting with others in ways that respect individual and group differences
  • Applying personal safety skills and coping strategies

Academic Development

  • Applying skills needed for educational achievement
  • Applying the skills of transitioning between educational levels
  • Developing and monitoring personal educational plans

Career Development

  • Knowing where and how to obtain information about the world of work
  • Applying employment readiness skills and the skills for on-the-job success
  • Applying career exploration and planning skills in the achievement of life career goals