Temple Counselors Receive Prestigious Statewide Honor


Three Temple ISD schools are among just a handful in the state to receive prestigious recognition for their excellence in counseling.

Temple High School, Travis Science Academy and Western Hills Elementary School all received CREST recognition from the Texas School Counselor Association.

CREST stands for Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas, and these Temple ISD schools are three of just 91 schools across the state to receive the award.

They were presented with their CREST Banners at an awards ceremony held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas on Monday, 2/1/16.

Schools receiving CREST awards have demonstrated a commitment using the school guidance and counseling program to improve the lives and achievement of students in academic, career, and personal social domains.  

CREST is a continuous improvement document that gives a school counseling program an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to getting results.  CREST helps counselors to evaluate their counseling programs, promote their programs to the stake-holders in their districts, demonstrate the effectiveness of their guidance and counseling programs through empirical means, and to implement the Texas and National models for School Counseling Programs.

CREST looks at the counseling program in 7 areas: Principal’s Support, School Counseling Advisory Council, School Climate and Safety, Student Results, Major Achievements, Community Partnerships and Resources, and Parent Collaboration. The guidance support team prepares a document that highlights these areas and communicates just what the counseling program is doing to help students succeed. These documents are sent to reviewers throughout the state of Texas to be judged according to pre-set standards of excellence.

Congratulations to Temple High School, Travis Science Academy and Western Hills Elementary School for winning the CREST Award for Counseling Excellence for 2015.