Berkeley County School District and its counselors align school counseling practices with the goals and South Carolina Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program. To accomplish the program goals, the South Carolina Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program is an integral part of the school system’s total educational program. The program includes sequential activities in the elementary, middle, and high schools.
The ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards and Competencies are also utilized as a guide to meet the needs of K-12 students.
In Berkeley County School District, it is our mission to implement a comprehensive school counseling program to assist students, families, teachers, administrators and other school staff in facilitating and supporting student-driven learning experiences. We will help our students create a future we dare to imagine and make a positive difference.
Director of School Counseling Services
Degrees and Certifications:
Monica McCants Harvin, Ed.S.
Ms. Harvin brings just over 24 years of school counseling experience, having most recently served as the guidance director at Daniel Jenkins Academy and a school counselor at Wando High School in Charleston County School District. As a longtime school counselor, Ms. Harvin has done everything from coordinating homebound services to facilitating student academic, personal, social and career development. She says the most enjoyable aspect of counseling has always been assisting students with “navigating their path to finding their passion by helping them develop their knowledge/skills and creating a plan for their future.” Among the goals for her team, Ms. Harvin said there will be a focus on ensuring all school counselors are providing services that align with both American School Counseling Association (ASCA) and SC Comprehensive Guidance models. She will also be setting the bar high and challenging all schools to seek Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) certification.
The Profile of the South Carolina Graduate is made of world-class knowledge, world-class skills and life and career characteristics. Our school counselors are expected and encouraged to consider the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate in creating and implementing school counseling curriculum as it is addresses the academic, and career development needs of all students.
The development of academic and educational standards is an integral part of a student’s pursuit of life-long learning. Being able to achieve educational success, identify and work toward goals, manage information, organize time, and locate resources are essential to this process.
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Career & College Support
A comprehensive career development program is designed to assist students in making and implementing informed educational and career choices. It develops an individual’s competencies in self-knowledge, educational and career exploration, career planning, and work-based learning placement.
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The development of social/emotional standards is an integral part of a student’s pursuit of success in life to understand and respect self, relate positively to others, make informed and safe decisions, cope effectively with change, and become responsible citizens are essential to this process.
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The Comprehensive Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program components organize the work of school counselors into four major components -- school counseling curriculum, individual planning, responsive services and system support.
BCSD School Counseling Program Services
A comprehensive developmental School Counseling program is an essential component of the total instructional program, which provides all students the opportunity for optimum development. Our program components organize the work of school counselors into activities and services. The components are as follows:
School Counseling Curriculum includes structured experiences presented systematically through classroom and group activities from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. The curriculum emphasizes choice making, self-understanding, career exploration and preparation, and the improvement of study skills.
Individual Planning includes counseling activities to assist all students to plan, monitor, and manage their own academic achievement as well as their personal and career development. Individual planning emphasizes test interpretation, informal counseling, educational counseling including pre-college and post-secondary vocational-technical planning, and career planning.
Responsive Services includes counseling or referral activities to meet the immediate needs and concerns of students. Responsive services includes personal counseling; crisis counseling; agency referral; consultation with parents, teachers, and other professionals, support groups; and problem solving.
System Support includes indirect guidance management activities that maintain and enhance the total guidance program. Responsibilities in this component include staff and community relations, special research projects, committees, professional development, and student support.
The Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation, presented by the American School Counselor Association, recognizes schools committed to delivering a data-informed school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. Since the program’s inception, nearly 1,000 schools have been designated as RAMP recipients.
2015 RAMP Recipients
Westview Middle School (Re-RAMP)
2013 RAMP Recipients
Cane Bay High School
Westview Middle School
Sangaree Elementary2012 RAMP Recipients
Berkeley High School
Goose Creek Primary School
Macedonia Middle School
Marrington Elementary School
Sangaree Middle School
2011 RAMP Recipients
Berkeley Middle School
College Park Elementary School
Daniel Island School
Hanahan Elementary School
Hanahan Middle School
Hanahan High School
Stratford High School