OPS SCHOOL COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY
The nationally recognized Omaha Public Schools guidance program is a comprehensive, competency based, guidance program aimed at assisting all students in achieving academic success. The guidance program is developmental, sequential, and focused on attainment of specified student outcomes in three domain areas: personal/social development, educational/academic preparation, and career/occupational planning.
The Omaha Public School's Comprehensive Competency Based Guidance Program is designed to contribute to students' academic success by delivering the guidance curriculum to all students while still addressing the unique needs of individual students.
HOW DO I ACCESS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
Each student is assigned a counselor who can assist them with general information and resources for success at Burke High School.
Each counselor is also an "expert" or "specialist" in one area and will work with all students. The specialized areas are: College & Career/Occupational, Social-Emotional, Academic Records, and School Counseling Director.
In addition, each day, one of the counselors is on duty to handle daily responses to questions, phone calls and other immediate needs, especially if the requested counselor is not available. The "Counselor of the Day" is publicized each day in the Bulletin and Posted at the entrance to the Counseling Center.
WHEN CAN STUDENTS ACCESS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
The counseling department is open Monday through Friday from 7:00a.m. until 3:45p.m. Students can come to the Counseling Center without a pass before school, at lunchtime, after school. However, in the case of an urgent situation, teachers may choose to send a student to see a counselor during class time. Students should come to the Counseling Center from class or study hall with a pass.
WHEN CAN PARENTS OR GUARDIANS ACCESS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
Parents/Guardians may access a school counselor by calling the Counseling Center at 557-3236 or 557-3227 and ask for their student's assigned counselor. If the assigned counselor is unavailable, the "Counselor of the Day" will be available to assist.
NAVIANCE FAMILY CONNECTION
Omaha Public Schools and Harry A. Burke High School continue to offer Naviance Family Connection, a comprehensive website that students and families can use to help in making decisions about future courses, colleges, and careers. Each student has a Family Connection account that is accessible wherever an internet connection is found. This program is user-friendly at both school and home. Students also utilize Naviance Family Connection during their freshman year.
Students and parents can reach the Naviance Family Connection website at
RAFT is a directory of resources available to teens for help with issues including: