SMART Goals and your student!

Greetings from your School Counseling Office

What are SMART Goals?

SMART goals are used everyday in our school to help students achieve a bright and happy future. SMART is an acronym standing for:

  • Specific: When a goal is very specific and not too broad it has a greater chance of being reached. To make sure a goal is not too broad help your student answer the following questions in relation to their goal...Who?, What?, Where?, When?, Which?, Why?
  • Measurable: When your student is able to measure their progress they are more likely to stay on track. To check for a goals measurability ask questions like... How much? How many? How will in know when my goal is reached?
  • Achievable: Help your student brainstorm ways they will be able to achieve the goal they have set for themselves. Such as having positive attitude, working on specific skills, and asking for help from others when needed.
  • Relevant or Realistic: Encourage your student to set a goal that is both high and realistic. Help them choose something that they are both willing and able to accomplish.
  • Time: Help to ensure the goal your student has set for themselves is planned within a set time frame.
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Think about it...

Before helping your student set their goal work with them in thinking through the following:

  • Importance: When compared to other goals where does this new goal rank?
  • Ease: How easy will this new goal be to reach and maintain?
  • Conflict: Are there any major barriers in your students life that will prevent them from reaching their goal?
  • Time: How much time will go into reaching this goal?
  • Values: What personal and family values are related to the achievement of this goal?
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SMART Goal Template for you and your student

About me!

My name is Katie Francis and I am one of your student's school counselors. I would love to answer any questions you might have about assisting your student set SMART goals, college planning, FAFSA, or anything else you would like to talk about in relation to your student and our school.