Because your school needs more school counselors

Infographic Text: Why your school needs more school counselors

School counselors help children:

  1. Stay in school
  2. Combat bullying
  3. Choose the right classes
  4. Working through emotional issues
  5. Apply to college

The American School Counselors Association (ASCA) recommends that schools have at least one counselor for every 250 students. Schools that meet these guidelines tend to have:

  • Higher levels of participation
  • Higher average SAT scores
  • Higher graduation rates

Counselors at these schools may also have more time to counsel each student, giving him or her individual attention.

However, few American schools meet this ideal ratio of 1: 250. In the 2016-2017 school year, the average was 1 counselor per 455 students. Only two states met ASCA recommendations: Vermont (1: 202) and New Hampshire (1: 220).

1.6 million American children go to school with at least 1 law enforcement officer but 0 school counselors.

Schools that want to prioritize student mental health and academic achievement will do well to invest in professionals who can help make that happen.

Bibliographical references:

  1. College Counseling in Secondary Schools [PDF]. (2015). Retrieved from
  2. Equality is not justice: Every student needs a great school counselor. (2018, January 30). Retrieved from
  3. Parzych, J.L., Donohue, P., Gaesser, A., & Chief, M.M. (2019, February 1). Measuring the impact of school counselor indicators on learning outcomes [PDF]. Retrieved from
  4. Student-to-student ratio 2016-2017 [PDF]. (n.d.). American School Counselors Association. Retrieved from

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