San Diego High School Counseling Team

Contact Person:  Mr. Baker                                   

Students Served:  All San Diego High School Students in 9th – 12th Grade

Location/Room #:  San Diego High School Counseling Center                                   

Days/Times on Campus:  See our "Contact Us" page for contact information or check out our Virtual Office Hours.

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Program: School Counseling & Guidance.


Vision: Resilient, healthy, prepared students who influence, create, and bring positive change to the world!

Mission: Empower and support each student toward reaching their highest level of success in college, career, and life goals through genuine relationships, mutual respect, equitable access, and data-driven services.


Core Values:

  • Inspire a shared vision by DREAMING BIG.

  • Develop resilient, healthy, prepared students who influence, create, and bring positive change to the world.

  • Prioritize cultural competence and cultural proficiency in all we do.

  • Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for its impact on student learning.

  • Model people-centered, strengths-based leadership.

  • Build relevant, meaningful comprehensive student support services & programs.

School Counselors Org Chart: Roles & here!


Services: School Counselors deliver high quality services to students in each of the following priority areas.

School Counselors Help Student's:

  • Discover strengths, interests & learning styles. - Students understand that life decisions begin with an understanding of themselves as individuals. They are encouraged to identify their interests, strengths, and learning styles as the core of who they are in order to better understand and pursue their college/career dreams.


  • Better understand diversity, tolerance & cultural proficiency. - Cultural proficiency is a way of being that allows individuals and organizations to interact effectively with people who differ from them. It is a developmental approach for addressing the issues that emerge in diverse environments. Enhancing your capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges are essential components toward achieving culturally proficiency.  Growth in this area integrates and promotes intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence.


  • Prepare for the high school journey. - Students focus on their expectations for high school; understand that they will have choices around which courses and activities to participate in and that it is important to make good choices. They draft an academic plan for high school that aligns what they need to do with what they want to achieve. Students understand the academic sequence of middle school-high school-college, know the academic requirements for passing through each grade; understand how the academic choices made in middle school can expand or limit the options available later. See 8th Grade Timeline page.


  • Learn how to build skills & work smarter. - Students know that a few simple strategies can help them learn better, balance their busy lives, and achieve more. Students identify the organizational and study skills necessary to stay on track to reach goals; understand how these skills can be more effective when customized to fit one’s own nature and personality; demonstrate this understanding by applying varying strategies and tactics to specific tasks.


  • Manage emotions & develop emotional intelligence. - Students understand ways for increasing their emotional intelligence (EQ) using the four core EQ skills outlined in the book “Emotional Intelligence 2.0; self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, & relationship management. Building these skills will help students to exceed their goals and achieve to their fullest potential. Click here to review the book "Emotional Intelligence 2.0".

  • Value enrichment & extracurricular engagement. - Students understand how colleges view extracurricular activities; understand the difference between deep-involvement in one activity and lighter involvement in many; understand the self-development benefits beyond building a resume; learn that their extracurricular interests reveal their aptitudes. Get Involved by clicking here to access the SDHS ASB page.

  • Get help & support when needed most. - Students identify people who can help them achieve their goals; understand they will have to speak for themselves at times in order to get what they need. Students understand that setting realistic goals and preparing for college and career involves resources outside of school as well as in school; understand how to effectively and safely use the internet as part of their support system; understand how involvement in activities enhances self-knowledge and development. Check out counseling's Contact Us page.

  • Navigate the high school experience. - Students know the importance of rigorous high school course work to college admission; know the course prerequisites and academic sequences necessary to succeed in those courses; understand the impact of choices on aspirations. Learn more on the Course Planning & Selection page.

  • Career Planning: Getting where U want to go. - Students review the value of higher education and learn that college is possible for everyone; relate high school to college aspirations; understand the importance of goal setting and rigorous academic choices; consider pursuing advanced courses like AP/IB. Students will re-evaluate their high school progress, develop or revise their academic plan, become familiar with the various college and career  application processes, and learn how to prepare for the road ahead.

  • College Readiness! How U prepare makes a difference. - Students explore the many types and offerings of various colleges; learn what colleges look at, and learn about the different majors and programs offered. Students know the differences between degree levels and connect college/degree levels to careers. Students learn how to explore colleges in depth; align their interests and academic profile to specific colleges; understand the concept of reach, safety, and likely; create their college lists.

  • College Life! Finding your best fit. - Students explore the concept of “fit” and learn that the college search begins with an understanding of their needs and preferences; they learn about varieties of college types and college criteria; they relate these options to their goals and preferences; they learn how to research colleges; they learn how to evaluate college quality. Students see how college differs from high school and develop realistic expectations for what college will be like and how they see themselves fitting into a specific college program.

  • Conquer the college application & admission process. - Students are introduced to the “big picture” of the complete college search and application process, spanning junior/senior year; identify what has to be done and when; learn how to manage the process. Students learn how to complete applications. They learn how to pull all the components of the application together, and how to pace themselves so their applications are completed by the due dates.

  • Find the money for college. -  Students know the financial aid process and timelines; understand how “need” is determined; evaluate how financial aid will affect their college options and choices; know how to make their case. Students know where financial aid comes from; know the basic components of financial aid; know the difference between “need” and “merit”; understand the relationship between academic success in high school and financial aid; know that families benefit by saving for college. Be sure to visit the Scholarships page. 

  • Stay healthy physically & mentally. - We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions and become something longer lasting. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. With proper treatment, people can realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively and meaningfully contribute to the world. Without mental health we cannot be fully healthy. Taking action and raising awareness of mental health conditions can break down obstacles and improve the chance of recovery and the chance to be healthy for those needing support.


System-Wide Support Services: School counselors support the academic, social/emotional, & college/career needs of all students through system-wide support in the following areas.

  • Support an equitable balance of parent involvement.

  • Co-create a culture where highly effective, evidenced-based teaching & learning is expected.

  • Prioritize people-centered, strengths-based leadership.

  • Partner with world-class educators.

  • Ensure a broad & challenging 21st century curriculum is accessible to all.

  • Participate in and lead high quality professional learning.

  • Follow a data-driven, researched-based decision making process.

  • Establish strong stakeholder & community partnerships.

  • Foster a collaborative & inclusive culture.

  • Design safe, welcoming, state-of-the-art high-tech learning environment.

  • Build comprehensive student support services & programs.

  • Develop well-orchestrated communications.

School counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills and who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students.


As educators, our Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential has prepared us to collaborate together as a unified and cohesive component of the larger school system to meet the learning and developmental needs of our students.


The San Diego High School Counseling team has the knowledge, skills, and personal/professional disposition to help maximize the developmental potential of all students.


As School Counselors, We:

  • Guide - “We have been there, let us show you the way”.

  • Coach - “Together we will explore the issues and agree how you will proceed”.

  • Train - “We can show, explain and train you so you can do it yourself”.

  • Facilitate - “We will help you as a group to explore the problem and reach agreement on a way forward”.

  • Advise - “Let me give you my analysis of the problem and recommendations on what you can do about it”.

  • Broker - We are not able to help you with this directly, but we know someone who can”.

  • Consult - We will devise and implement the solution for you”.

  • Mentor - We have been there and got the t-shirt, so let us share our experience with you”.


  • Build comprehensive & coordinated student support services & programs by planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and services that will help build safe, healthy, nurturing, and effective learning environments for all students.


  • Utilize multiple sources of information to monitor and improve student behavior and achievement.


  • Recognize that, in addition to cognitive and academic challenges, students encounter personal, social, economic and institutional challenges that can significantly impact their lives, both in and outside of school.


  • Support an equitable balance of parent involvement.


  • Co-create a culture where highly effective, evidenced-based teaching & learning is expected.

  • Prioritize people-centered, strengths-based leadership by recognizing, respecting, and utilizing each other’s strengths, experiences, and background as assets for teaching and learning.


  • Partner with world-class educators.


  • Ensure a broad & challenging 21st century curriculum is accessible to all.


  • Follow a data-driven, researched-based prevention and intervention decision making process.


  • Establish strong stakeholder & community partnerships.


  • Foster a collaborative & inclusive culture.


  • Create a safe and welcoming learning environment for all San Diego High School students.


  • Promote and maintain a positive school culture & climate for all San Diego High School students.


  • Develop well-orchestrated communications.


  • Promote understanding that students need individualized opportunities, services, and supports to address life’s challenges, and gain personal success and achieve academically.


  • Establish educational opportunities of equity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.


  • Confront and alter institutional biases of student marginalization, deficit-based schooling, and low expectations.


  • Provide opportunities to develop an understanding regarding issues of discrimination, implicit bias, social justice, diversity, and knowledge of how they may contribute to, or detract from, school success.


  • Increase awareness of mental health programs and services to address barriers.


  • Collaborate and coordinate with school and community resources.


  • Engage, advocate for, and support successful learning and promote the healthy development and resilience of all San Diego High School students.


  • Grow as professional school counselors by participating in and leading high quality professional learning.