Counseling Services

Welcome to Waxahachie ISD Counseling Services!

School counselors are available at each of our 16 WISD campuses to support our 9500+ students and their families with their guidance counseling needs.  The role of the school counselor is to provide social and emotional support while fostering a safe and caring environment for our WISD students.  We strive to empower our WISD students to graduate High School college and career ready and inspire our students to ultimately become successful and responsible citizens.

Texas law (TEC § 33.005) requires school counselors to integrate the following four key components through a comprehensive school guidance program which are included in The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs which is published by the Texas Counseling Association in accordance with its licensing agreement with the Texas Education Agency.

School counselors teach ALL students basic life Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Effectiveness, Post-secondary Planning and Career Readiness and Personal Health and Safety that are identified as essential for academic and personal success:

  • Self-confidence
  • Motivation to achieve
  • Decision-making, goal-setting, planning and problem-solving
  • Communication skills
  • Cross-cultural effectiveness
  • Responsible behavior
  • Conflict resolutions skills
  • Career and post-secondary education exploration 

School counselors help students transition, plan, and manage their educational and career plans:

  • Academic counseling
  • Course selection/scheduling
  • High School of Choice applications
  • Four-year graduation plans
  • Post-secondary planning
  • AP placement
  • Dual credit placement and application process

School counselors assist students with immediate personal concerns, crisis, or problems that may be challenging to academic success:  

  • Short-term individual counseling
    • Harassment issues
    • Bullying and victimization
    • Suicide prevention
  • Small group counseling
    • Social skills
    • Death of a family member/friend
    • Family divorce
    • Substance abuse
  • Academic concerns 
    • Test anxiety
    • Study skills
    • Classroom performance

School counselors coordinate many programs designed to support student and families:  

  • Special program referrals (MTSS, Section 504, SPED, Dyslexia, etc.)
  • Parent education workshops
  • Community resource liaison
  • Staff development for educators
For additional information or clarification about the content on this page, please contact the Curriculum & Instruction Department at (927) 923-4727.