Mission Statement

 The mission of the River Oaks Elementary School Counseling Program is to nurture and support every student in reaching his or her potential through academic, personal/social and career development. The program strives to develop responsible learners that will become successful students. 

School Counseling Beliefs and Philosophy Statement:
The Professional School Counselors at River Oaks Elementary School believe:


All students can achieve and deserve equitable access to resources and a rigorous curriculum.   

       All students’ dignity and culture (including race, ethnicity, gender, abilities/disabilities, spirituality/religion, home, language, socioeconomic status) is respected and valued.
 All students will have access to a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program run by masters level, state certified, professional school counselors.

The school counselors will proactively act as advocates for all students.

The school counselors will lead a collaborative effort to design, implement, assess, and continuously improve the comprehensive, data driven school counseling program.

The school counselors will collaborate with families, staff, and community resources to assist with student development.

The school counselors will abide by ASCA’s professional school counseling standards and ethics.

 The school counselor will engage in professional development including regular supervision and activities to enhance cultural competency. 

 (Adapted from the Bull Run MS philosophy and the Virginia Professional School Counseling Program Manual by C. Kaffenberger, T. Davis, S. Gilchrist-Banks, & T. Grothaus. VSCA: 2008)