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Mission and VisionStudent Painting

The mission of the DCPS School Counseling Program is to ensure all schools provide a comprehensive, inclusive, and culturally responsive counseling program that assesses the strengths and needs of all students, staff, and community.

We strive for all DCPS students to be heard, loved, challenged, and prepared to grow and succeed. This fits hand in hand with the overall DCPS vision for students to positively influence society and to thrive.

Our counselors engage with students, families, teachers, and the community to ensure the academic success, social/emotional growth, and college/career readiness of our learners. We are change-agents, thought-leaders, and continually seek for students to learn, grow, and thrive.


Role of a School Counselor

School counselors are certified, professional educators who improve student success for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. Counselors, at a minimum, hold a master’s degree in School Counseling and are credentialed and certified through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in DC.


Johnson Middle School Counselor is Ms. Mische Walden. If you are in need of support with Aspen or high school enrollment, please contact Ms. Walden at [email protected]