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I believe it depends on the counselor, as with anything else. At my school,
I have been able to determine, within reason, the amount of students in my
classes, what subjects I want to teach, and, I am not a dumping ground! In
return, students who are considering careers in art are encouraged to work
with me and take as many art classes as they can, and that I recommend.
Actually, all advanced classes need my approval. I also keep all of the art
catalogs and scholarship info in my room in a resource area. When parents
want a conference with the guidance counselor about their child and art
college, it is made at my convenience so that I can be in on the discussion.
In general, this is how our counselors are with all the curriculum areas,
and it works!