SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY Korea International School (KIS) is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian school offering an American college preparatory curriculum. KIS was established in 2000 and is located in a modern, state-of-the-art facility in the rapidly growing southern Seoul suburb of Pangyo. Enrollment is 1100 students PK-12.
High School/College Counselor
The KIS counselors will work cooperatively and collaboratively with the high school administrators and teachers to help ensure that the school has a fully implemented comprehensive guidance and counseling program that supports the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students through the delivery of guidance/advisory curriculum, individual student planning for academic and social/personal needs, and crisis intervention. One significant component of the High School counselor role is College Counseling.
The major job responsibilities for KIS High School/College Counselors include:
Guiding and counseling individual students and groups through the development of academic, personal/social, and career/college plans
Providing specific, appropriate support and guidance for students’ college application process
Counseling small groups and individuals as needed
Organizing and leading through our advisory program, large and small group guidance units, sessions, and activities to assist teachers administer to students’ academic, personal/social, and career needs
Consulting with teachers, staff, and parents regarding meeting the developmental and educational needs of students
Collaborating with Student Support Services
Assisting with the coordination and administration standardized assessments
Referring students and parentsto appropriate community resources for special services
Participating in meetings, professional development opportunities, and activities that contribute to the effective operation of the school
Collecting, analyzing and interpreting student achievement data
Implementing the evaluation and revision of the student guidance curriculum and program
High School/College Counselor Primary Duties:
To work as a member of the counseling team to provide a comprehensive developmental counseling program (e.g. academic, social/personal, college/career, global perspective) to all students
To advise students and parents in the college search and application process
To consult with teachers, staff, and parents to meet student needs
To provide support to other educational programs (e.g. Experiential Education Trips, Student Support)
Reviewing admission documents and conducting graduation credit checks for high school applicants
Assisting with appropriate course selection and scheduling in the secondary school
To participate fully in faculty/department meetings and other professional activities
Responsibilities of the High School/College Counselors
Member of the High School Student Support Team
The counselors meet as needed to discuss student referrals and to review school and student data to plan for appropriate interventions
Attend parent-teacher-resource support staff-counselor meetings to discuss educational/psychological assessment results and to plan for appropriate interventions
Academic Probation: High school students who are not achieving their full potential and who have not responded to teacher and counselor interventions in Tier 1 and Tier 2, may be referred to Student Support for a Tier 3 support. The KIS Student handbook states, “Students will be placed on academic probation if they earn a quarterly grade point average of 1.70 or lower and/or fail two or more classes. Parents will be notified in writing and required to meet with an administrator and the student’s counselor if their child is put on academic probation. A student who remains on academic probation after one quarter may be conditionally accepted for the following school year or required to withdraw from KIS.” Students who are on academic probation in March may not receive a tuition notice for the next year.
Work with students individually to meet specific personal and social developmental goals
Create counseling plans tailored to student personal needs and goals
Providing guidance with the college selection and application processes
Provide effective, well-written letters of recommendation for students’ college applications and/or post graduation employment
Work with classroom teachers to provide strategies to help students be more successful in their learning environment
Assist in the Development, review, revision, and implementation of grade 9-12 advisory curriculum based on meeting academic, social/personal, and career needs
Teach needed developmental, organizational, social/personal, functional skills within the advisory program or at other scheduled times
Collaboration with Teachers
The counselor collaborates with classroom teachers about student behavior, team building, classroom management, and student achievement
Small Group Counseling
When appropriate, provide counseling in small group settings that provides appropriate behavior intervention and modification as needed
To manage standardized tests (e.g. PSAT, SAT/SAT Subject Tests, and AP)
College Counselors will receive provision to attend one professional conference per academic year.
The High School/College Counselor reports to the High School Principal.
Up to 200 days in alignment with the KIS annual calendar. The contractual day begins at 7:30 a.m. and counselors should be available to provide counseling services after school daily. Counselors need to be available during non instructional days to meet with parents and students including;
Three-year contract with 3rd year signing bonus
one additional day after the final teacher work day
one additional day prior to the start of semester two
three additional days prior to the full faculty start date.
Government (English speaking) issued school counseling certification (a college counseling certificate is not adequate).
A minimum of two years full time school counseling experience