REACH HIGHER Shasta Counseling Initiative
The Reach Higher Shasta Counseling Initiative aims to improve student outcomes for Shasta County students. The Counseling Initiative has achieved tremendous results since its inception in Fall of 2016.
- Increased College Eligibility Course Completion Pattern (“A-G”) from 30.8% to 41.8% comparing Classes of 2016 and 2017.
- Increased completion rate of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) from 38% to 67.7% comparing March, 2017-March, 2018.
Growth in our college going culture has improved in large part due to the professional growth and efforts of Shasta County’s school counselors and administrators. Together, school counselors and administrators have been privileged to attend five days of professional development from Dr. Trish Hatch and Whitney Triplett of Hatching Results LLC. Dr. Trish Hatch is a nationally acclaimed author and trainer in the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) professional standards. Shasta College is supporting the work with Dr. Hatch and her team through Shasta College Promise Grant. Resulting from the Hatching Results Academy, Shasta County’s high school counselors have developed a common counseling curriculum to be delivered in our comprehensive public high schools. Students will notice a presence of their high school counselors teaching lessons around academic, college/career, and social/emotional development in a variety of classrooms. Shasta Union High School District’s Superintendent, Jim Cloney, states “In my nearly 20 years as an administrator in Shasta County this is the first time I know of that districts have together so clearly focused on working toward common counseling practices to improve outcomes for all students.”
Reach Higher Shasta encourages frequent communication between students, parents, and the school counselor in order to take full advantage of educational opportunities within out Shasta County public schools as well as to be informed of post-secondary (education post high school) opportunities.