School Counseling Plan: District Overview

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District (F-M) serves more than 4,200 students enrolled in three (K-4) elementary schools, two (5-8) middle schools and one (9-12) high school. The district is located in a suburban community of approximately 25,000 people and serves the villages of Fayetteville, Manlius and the surrounding areas. It lies 10 miles southeast of the city of Syracuse in Onondaga County. A residential community exemplifying a high socio-economic level, residents demonstrate strong support for all aspects of the school system. Our students excel in all areas of curricular and extra-curricular education, and F-M school counselors play an integral role in each student’s progress, from Kindergarten orientation through high school graduation.

District Vision Statement

Our vision as a school community is to inspire students and promote personal success.

District Mission Statement

Our mission is to build on our commitment to academic excellence with a focus on authentic learning experiences, civic responsibility, and innovative programs. We will accomplish this in an environment that fosters meaningful relationships, honors and affirms the diverse identities and experiences of our students, supports the overall wellness of each student, and promotes continuous improvement in each of the district priority areas: teaching and learning; school environment; service learning and community partnerships; and fiscal capacity and responsibility.

School Counseling Program

The Fayetteville-Manlius Comprehensive Counseling Plan aligns with Part 100.2(j) of the New York State Commissioner’s Regulations, effective July 1, 2019.

  1. The Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s comprehensive developmental counseling/guidance program includes all students K-12.
  2. All Fayetteville-Manlius students K-12 have access to a certified school counselor.
  3. The Fayetteville-Manlius counseling program shall prepare students to participate effectively in their current and future educational programs as age appropriate.
  4. The Fayetteville-Manlius K-12 counseling program is designed to address student competencies defined by the American School Counselor Association in the areas of:
    • academic standards
    • career/college readiness
    • social/emotional development

F-M school counselors recognize the importance of having a comprehensive counseling program that impacts students at each educational level. School counselors work with commitment, passion, and pride in their buildings, and when part of a district-wide team to identify, assess and respond to students’ needs.

Board of Education Policy Authorization

Policy 8230, School Counseling Program, defines the Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s comprehensive, standards-based counseling program, and reads as follows:

A District plan for the K through 12 school counseling program shall be filed in the District Office and made available for public review. This plan shall be subject to annual review and revised as necessary in the following areas:

  1. Identification of school counseling program objectives;
  2. Activities to accomplish the objectives;
  3. Identification of staff members and other resources to accomplish the objectives;
  4. Provisions for the annual assessment of program results.

School Counseling Program (K-8)

A coordinated school counseling program in grades K-8 shall be developed and implemented to:

  1. Prepare students to participate effectively in their current and future educational programs;
  2. Help those students exhibiting any attendance, academic, behavioral or adjustment problems;
  3. Educate students concerning avoidance of child sexual abuse; and
  4. Encourage parental involvement.

School Counseling Program (9-12)

A coordinated school counseling program in grades 9-12 shall be developed and implemented including the following activities and services:

  1. Each year the school counselor and student will review the student’s educational progress and academic plans;
  2. Opportunities to support students in the career exploration process;
  3. Post-secondary planning for all students;
  4. Social-emotional support for all students;
  5. Opportunities for parental education and involvement.

8 NYCRR Section 100.2(j)