We are dedicated to promoting a positive school environment and improving the academic achievements of all students. Our counselors help eliminate barriers to success by facilitating access to information, resources and support services appropriate to each student's needs.

Individual and group counseling is provided to students whose personal concerns or problems put their personal, social, career and/or educational development at risk.

Counseling services

Counselors assist students in planning, monitoring, and understanding their own educational and personal development.

Academic planning

Counselors play an important role in helping students explore academic options and choose schools, programs and classes that align with their interests and future goals.

Parent education

Our Guidance & Counseling department hosts multiple parent education classes to connect families with information and resources. Topics include parent/teen relationships, depression, drug & alcohol awareness, social media/cyberbullying and teen dating violence.

See the parent workshops calendar for upcoming sessions.

College and career planning

Counselors at the middle and high school levels play an important role in helping students with career exploration and planning for college and/or a career.

They also direct related campus and district activities including:

  • College Day and College Night events
  • SAT/ACT workshops
  • PSAT parent presentations
  • College financial aid workshops
Responsive Services Program

Our Responsive Services Program consists of Student Assistance Counselors trained in specialty areas to work with students, parents, and staff at all GISD schools.

Character education

Counselors use character education to teach young students valuable skills that help them interact and communicate with others, solve problems and make good decisions. They teach students about trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

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Mental health information

Suicide awareness
Learn about the warning signs and how to get help.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Reporting child abuse

Texas law requires that any person suspecting that a child has been abused or neglected must immediately make a report. If there is an emergency, call 911 and then call the DFPS Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400. You can also make a report online.  If you need assistance, talk to your school counselor.

Community resources

Is your family in need of counseling, support groups, substance abuse treatment or psychiatric assessment?

Refer to our list of community referral agencies to find information and support.

Contact us

For more information about counseling services, contact:

Guidance & Counseling