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Counseling and Graduation Services

School Counseling

IPS School Counselors offer a diverse array of services designed to bolster students’ academic, social-emotional, and career development. Guided by the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) comprehensive school counseling program model, standards, and best practices, they prioritize delivering interventions that are both data-informed and student-centric, aligning with the school’s overall school improvement goals.

ASCA’s comprehensive school counseling program provides the blueprint for the efficient organization and delivery of these services. It advocates for a holistic approach to student growth, addressing academic prowess, career preparedness, and emotional well-being across all tiers of support. Not only does this framework ensure that IPS School Counselors utilize best practices, but are in alignment with national standards such as ASCA Student Mindsets and Behaviors. At the core of their approach is a commitment to equity, serving as a cornerstone in their efforts to bridge achievement gaps and cater to the unique needs of both the school and its student body.

IPS School Counselors implement comprehensive school counseling programs through a multi-tiered approach, known as the Multi-Tiered Multi-Domain System of Supports (MTMDSS). This framework allows IPS School Counselors to provide targeted interventions at different levels based on students’ varying needs. Through MTMDSS, IPS School Counselors identify students who may require additional support and implement evidence-based interventions to address their needs effectively. This tiered system ensures equitable access to resources and assistance, underscoring IPS School Counselors’ dedication to fostering an environment where every student can thrive.

Graduation Coaches

IPS Graduation Coaches provide individualized support and monitoring to ensure student success. Using the Early Warning Tracking System, coaches can identify students who may need additional support based on their attendance, discipline, and course performance. These coaches collaborate with counselors, social workers, teachers, administrators, school personnel and community stakeholders to provide intervention services for students so they stay on track to graduate.

IPS Graduation Coaches offer services such as:

  • Analyzing data to identify students at risk of dropping out
  • Assisting in the facilitation of school-based dropout prevention and attendance teams
  • Working with students to develop individual graduation plans
  • Connecting parents and students with appropriate resources
  • Providing parent and school staff workshops
  • Supporting postsecondary planning
  • Holding home visits/conferences
  • Conducting attendance motivation/programs and campaigns

Graduation on Track

IPS is dedicated to supporting every high school student, so they succeed beyond graduation. The Freshman On-Track and the Sophomore On-Track metrics provide clear paths for predicting high school graduation and making sure each freshman and sophomore is ready and can graduate after four years. Each high school can set goals around the on-track metric and monitor progress on an ongoing basis.

IPS defines a student to be on track if they are not failing two or more courses at any time. This is especially true for core courses needed to graduate.

Career Exploration and College Preparation


Xello is a college and career preparation software designed to help students understand how their unique interests, skills and strengths align with hundreds of explorable careers and opportunities. Students can track their progress toward college and career readiness on the platform. Families and students can create an account through the Xello family portal, enabling them to access a wealth of information and insights into their students’ journey with postsecondary planning.

Here are the breakdown of lessons for students by grade level:

  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade: Complete one lesson (section of Career Town) each semester.
  • 3rd – 5th Grade: Complete one lesson (called missions) each quarter.
  • 6th – 8th Grade: Complete at least five lessons each year.

Success Bound

Success Bound is an advisory curriculum designed to support students in their academic and career journeys.

College Campus Visits

All IPS middle school students visit at least one college campus each year of the middle school experience. Students have the opportunity to tour the campuses, meet current college students and faculty, and envision themselves on a postsecondary campus. Current campus visits include the following Post-Secondary institutions:

  • Ivy Tech
  • Indiana University Indianapolis (IU Indy)
  • Aviation Technology Center of Vincennes University (Indianapolis campus)
  • Butler University
  • Martin University
  • Marian University
  • University of Indianapolis