Guidance Gap

Counselors are key to helping students navigate school, apply to college and map out careers, but there’s a critical shortage of them in our nation’s schools. We look at how the school counseling crisis is affecting kids.

Clarissa Santana is a mother of three who is frustrated when she returns to college at the University of Akron and learns her credits from a for-profit school don’t transfer. She tells her story in the new documentary “Unlikely.”

Two new documentaries showcase a long and winding road to college

‘Personal Statement,’ and ‘Unlikely’ hit the film festival circuits with stories of real-life obstacles and struggles

Freshmen at St. Louis Park High School, just outside of Minneapolis, take time out of their social studies class for a team-building exercise that is part of the school’s Building Assets, Reducing Risks program.

A little-known program has lifted 9th grade performance in virtually every type of school

Using a holistic approach with students to “catch those coughs before they become pneumonia”

“Since my parents didn’t get much education, it’s hard to talk to them about my schoolwork and applying to college, or how to plan my time and get everything done,” says Mariano Almanza, 18, pictured speaking with his Coronado High School guidance counselor, Colleen McElvogue.

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

How Colorado is betting on counseling to vault low-income kids into good jobs and post-secondary education

Maria Malik will be going to Princeton University in the fall on a full scholarship.

How one observant Muslim girl persuaded her parents to let her go to Princeton

Maria Malik will be going to Princeton University in the fall on a full scholarship. Photo: Meredith Kolodner When Maria Malik found out she had been…


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College Advising Corps adviser Carmen Macias, right, explains yet another form to a Torres High School students in East Los Angeles.

Whose job is it to “nag” first generation kids into applying for college?

Private advisers in public schools could help more students from low-income families apply to college

Rich school, poor school

How the class divide is widened by gaps in counseling kids for college

Thea Tucker

Why I wish my guidance counselors would stop talking so much about college

In New Orleans schools there are a lot of teachers, principals and guidance counselors who encourage students to go to college so much and so vigorously that it seems as…