Earns State Award for Excellence in Counseling

The counseling programs at Cornerstone and Mission West Elementary Schools and Sugar Land Middle School were named winners of the 2021 Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas (CREST) Award for Counseling Excellence by the Texas School Counselor Association.

The Fort Bend ISD (FBISD) schools are among the nearly 200 schools recognized across the state and the 53 schools in the greater Houston area named to this year’s list of honorees.

“To say that I am proud of our schools is an understatement,” FBISD’s Superintendent Dr. Christie Whitbeck said. “This recognition is well deserved and a testament to the work our counselors engage in every day to support our students in their academic and personal growth.”

The CREST award is given to school counseling programs that are committed to using the state model to improve the lives and academic, career and social achievements of students. Through evaluation, counselors are able to gauge the effectiveness of their programs in five categories:

  • Introduction to the school and the role of the professional school counselor
  • Program implementation cycle
  • Foundation components
  • Four service delivery components
  • Program curriculum

“These schools join an elite group from across the state, and submitting an application shows how committed these programs are to their students and school community,” CREST co-chair Jill Adams said.

The Texas School Counselor Association is a division of the Texas Counseling Association, and supports professional school counselors by advocating for and advancing the role of the professional school counselor and the comprehensive school guidance and counseling program throughout Texas. To learn more, visit www.tsca.txca.org.