The Essex Technical High School Guidance faculty provide comprehensive, school-based services to all students with the goal of nurturing skills for students’ success during high school and beyond. Freshman students are assigned to a Grade 9 freshman counselor who assists them with their transition to a regional, career technical high school. Grade 9 counselors also work closely with Grade 9 students to assess their career interests in preparation for participation in the Grade 9 Exploratory Program and the ensuing career technical program placement. These freshman counselors continue to work students throughout their ninth grade experience. Beginning in Grade 10 and through Grade 12, students are assigned to an Academy-specific Guidance Counselor consistent with their career technical program.
At all grade levels, students participate in academic and career guidance lessons delivered by guidance counselors throughout each year and students graduate having developed a Four-Year Career Plan with the support of the guidance counselors. Students and their families may access information in their respective student’s Career Plan and explore career and college opportunities on their student’s Naviance/Family Connections account (link below).
All students have access to supportive interventions from guidance counselors and school adjustment counselors (contact information below) to address their developmental, social, and emotional needs. Collaboration with caregivers is also an essential component of our guidance model. Caregivers are encouraged to contact their student’s counselor as circumstances arise. Appointments with guidance and school adjustment counselors are welcome and can be scheduled by emailing or calling the counselor directly.
Guidance also sponsors the following parent information sessions annually: