From the article:
"Nearly half of public schools have raised the caseloads of high school counselors this year, compared with last year, with the average increase exceeding 53 students, according to a study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. At the same time, the report said, the pressures on applicants (and, by extension, their counselors) are growing, as the number of applications to four-year colleges continued to rise, along with the number of students applying to colleges under early-decision programs."
Relief might be coming for those counselors but it may be short-term (so elementary parents listen up).
"And yet the report included some indications that the pressures on applicants could soon ease. The number of students graduating from high school annually is believed to have peaked this spring, at 3.33 million, according to the report, so competition for places in colleges should diminish over the next few years.
However, "the nation’s collective high school graduating class “is projected to rebound to 3.31 million by 2017-18,” the report said."
I interrupt here to change course a bit. When writing this thread I thought I'd check each high school on the counselor issue and had a "what the heck" experience. First, I found out that only Roosevelt and Ingraham have no Career Counselor. Second, I found the oddest job names which I could not decipher. Here are some interesting things about our high schools and their staffing:
- Rainier Beach has 1 Counselor and 1 Career Center counselor
- West Seattle, Garfield, and Hale have 4 counselors plus a Career Center counselor
- Franklin and Ingraham have 3 counselors but no CC counselor
- Franklin has a lot of people who work under the title of Special Services (some are IAs but others??)
- Center School has 1 counselor and one CC counselor
- Nova has no website so I don't know
- Sealth has 2 CC counselors and 3 counselors
- Cleveland has a huge number of people who work there (for the size of the school - how do they pay them all?). I'm not sure from the listings how many counselors they have but they do have a CC counselor. They also have a former principal working there under the title of "moving consultant".
(Update: I forgot to add that Sealth added 150 new students this year. Wow, something is working there - IB, maybe? That's a big addition for any one school.)
Honestly, you cannot go by what your school does and measure it against other schools. I assumed that when Roosevelt lost its career counselor, the other high schools did as well. (I know that principals can juggle budgets as they see fit but I really thought the number of Career Counselors would be far fewer.)