San Diego High School Counseling Team


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.