The Vision of the School Counseling Program at West Aurora High School and the Aurora community is to provide for students an equitable, academically rich and socially supportive learning environment that builds a student’s capacity to become active and effective participants in a globally demanding and changing environment. All students will explore their individual talents and build upon personal strengths which will enable them to prosper in their desired post-secondary career path.
The mission of the School Counseling Program at West Aurora High School is to provide every student guidance and opportunities to access every resource in a nurturing and equitable environment. This is accomplished by empowering and teaching students the tools, strategies, and skill sets to be successful citizens: critical thinkers, effective communicators, and collaborative problem-solvers.
Professional Learning Community
West High has a delay to the start of school every Monday (with the exception of semester exam week) in order for our entire staff to meet in Professional Learning Communities.
A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is made up of educators committed to working collaboratively in ongoing processes of collective inquiry and action research to help students continuously achieve better results. This focus on learning translates into four critical questions that drive the daily work of the school. In PLCs, educators demonstrate their commitment to helping all students learn to high levels by working collaboratively to address the following critical questions:
What do we want students to learn? Each PLC will determine what is essential that each student should know and be able to do as a result of each unit.
How will we know if they have learned? Each PLC will create and utilize common formative assessments in order to monitor each student’s learning on a timely basis.
What will we do if they don’t learn? We will work together as a school to develop systematic interventions to provide additional time and support for students who are experiencing difficulty.
What will we do if they already know it? We will work to enrich the learning and engage students who demonstrate early mastery. As a result, mastery rates and test scores for all students will increase.
Student Services by Houses
West High has a 5-House design in Student Services where we combine a Dean, 2 Counselors, a Social Worker, and Psychologist in each House. Families have one place of contact for all services.
Students and parents are encouraged to use the variety of resources your house can provide to assist in your success as a Blackhawk! Please contact your house personnel for:
Social / emotional concerns