1702 N. Main St.
Davenport, IA

K-12 School Counseling Program/Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

Comprehensive School Counseling Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Davenport Community School’s comprehensive school  counseling program is to enhance each student’s ability to acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills in the academic, career and personal/social domains to become contributing members of our diverse society.

In 2007 the DCSD Board of Education approved the adoption of the American School Counselor Association model (ASCA) for all schools K-12 in the district.  Davenports School Counseling program is collaborative efforts benefiting students, parents, teachers, administrators and the overall community. School counseling programs are an integral part of students’ daily educational environment, and school counselors are partners in student achievement.

School Counseling Program Belief Statements

We believe…

  • All students have individual abilities and are capable of learning with support from family, community and educators.
  • All students have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and learn in a safe, supportive environment.


A school counseling program:

  • Reaches every student
  • Is comprehensive in scope
  • Is proactive in design
  • Is developmental in nature
  • Is an integral part of a total educational program for student success
  • Selects measurable student competencies based on local need in the area of academic, career and personal/social domains.
  • Has a delivery system that includes school guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services and system support
  • Is implemented by a credentialed school counselor
  • Is conducted in collaboration with all stakeholders.
  • Uses data to drive program decisions
  • Monitors student progress
  • Measures both process and outcome-results and analyzes critical data elements
  • Seeks improvement each year based on results data
  • Shares successes with stakeholders.

All School Counselors will:

  • Plan and manage the comprehensive school counseling program in collaboration with all K-12 counselors.
  • Abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselors Association.
  • Participate in professional development activities essential to maintaining a quality school counseling program.

ASCA Model Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success (aka Counseling Standards)

 ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College and Career Readiness Standards for Every Student

The ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career Readiness for Every Student describe the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness and social/emotional development. The standards are based on a survey of research and best practices in student achievement from a wide array of educational standards and efforts. These standards are the next generation of the ASCA National Standards for Students, which were first published in 1997.

The 35 mindset and behavior standards identify and prioritize the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills students should be able to demonstrate as a result of a school counseling program. School counselors use the standards to assess student growth and development, guide the development of strategies and activities and create a program that helps students achieve their highest potential. The ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors can be aligned with initiatives at the district, state and national to reflect the district’s local priorities.