The mission of the Richmond Community High School Counseling Program is to support the mission of Richmond Public Schools as well as provide comprehensive services that empower all students to reach their highest potential through the collaboration of home, school, and community.
Richmond Community High School Counseling Program seeks to inspire all of its students to become independent learners and thinkers who will live lives as responsible and productive members of society.
School Counselors are certified educators trained in school counseling and educational issues. Through appropriate and effective academic, career, and personal-social programs, all students can be successful.
Program Goals and Objectives
The goal of the school guidance and counseling program is to facilitate student development in the areas of Academic Development, Career Development, and Personal/Social Development. Specific goals include:
- Provide a program based on intellectual, social, emotional and physical development.
- Create an environment conducive to learning and mutual respect among all members of the school community.
- Enhance student achievement to reach requirements for high school graduation and post- secondary success.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the belief that all children can learn.
- Provide our students with opportunities to explore their own potentialities.
- Assist our students to grow academically, develop socially, make appropriate choices, and accept responsibility for their decisions.
- Provide activities necessary for development of marketable skills and a rich cultural citizenship for every student.
- Assist our student in planning for educational and vocational choices.
- Collaborate and partner with educational stakeholders to increase the academic, personal/social, and career development in all students.
Our School Counselor
Ms. Bernita Williams is the School Counselor and Testing Coordinator at Richmond Community High School. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park with a B.A. in Psychology. Additionally, Ms. Williams earned a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University and an Advanced Certificate (Post-Master’s) in Professional Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a 24-year veteran of Richmond Public Schools and holds a post-graduate Pupil Personnel Services license with endorsements in Secondary School Counseling, Elementary School Counseling, and Middle School Counseling. Ms. Williams holds memberships in both the Virginia School Counseling Association and the American School Counseling Association, and she's recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of School Counseling.
Office: (804) 780-4332
Work Cell: (804) 762-1705
To make an appointment with Ms. Williams, please complete this online form.
- All high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply.
- Click here for more information.
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School Counseling Opt-Out Form
- Dear Parent/Guardian: School counselors are vital members of the education team and maximize student success. School counselors are certified/licensed educators who improve student success for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. School Counselors help all students apply academic achievement strategies, manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills, and plan for post-secondary options; ensuring that today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. Please use this link if you would like your child to opt out of counseling services.
Appointment Request Form
- To make an appointment with Ms. Williams, please complete this online form (https://forms.gle/kntrdHeyHgbY8zPx9)
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