School Counseling and K-12 Supports
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School Counseling and K-12 Supports

Welcome to Guidance and Counseling at OSPI! We have gathered the information, policy, regulation and school-level resources every school needs to build a powerful and comprehensive guidance and counseling program.

A comprehensive school counseling program is an integral component of the school’s academic mission. OSPI school counseling staff provides K-12 support, technical assistance and tools for comprehensive school counseling program development and effective use of student data to prepare all students to be successful. Guidance and counseling programs enhance the learning process and help create a positive school culture for academic achievement, career and college readiness, and personal/social development.

What You Need to Know Now

  • Watch for our Counselor Newsletter and CGCP news. Go to Email Updates and subscribe to News and More for School Counselors. This is a quick and easy way for us to share information and connect school counselors with resources that support guidance and counseling programs. To access School Counseling & K-12 Supports Newsletters (SC&K12S).
  • Career Guidance Washington lessons align with the Common Core State Standards — customized to the graduation and course admission requirements of Washington state schools.
  • Class of 2016 graduation requirements are outlined on this State Board of Education web page, along with school years up to 2019 and back to 2013.

Professional Development


School Counselor Essentials

Support for School Counselors

Professional Development and Certification

Partners, Programs and Resources


For more information, contact:

Danise Ackelson, Program Supervisor

   Updated 2/21/2017

Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  360-725-6000  TTY 360-664-3631
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