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CEEB Code: 052358 PVPUSD

Counseling | Programs & Services

Counseling Approach

The Palos Verdes High School Counseling Department takes pride in utilizing a whole-child approach to working with students. Based on the National Standards of the American School Counseling Association, the Counseling Department supports students throughout high school ensuring a positive experience with concern for their academic, college and career, and social/emotional well-being.  

Students are split alphabetically by last name and are kept with the same counselor throughout all four years of high school. Counselors place an emphasis on students maintaining a healthy balance during their time in school. We hope for students to graduate as meaningful lifelong learners and with skills they will carry into their post-secondary opportunities.  

Palos Verdes High School actively promotes a college-going culture on campus, providing a unique and carefully planned post-secondary pathway for students beginning in their freshmen year. This includes community college, four-year colleges and universities, military opportunities, and other plans students may desire. 

The counseling department developed a program that allows students to:

  1. Acquire necessary decision making information in a timely and effective manner including:
    • Incoming Freshmen Parent Orientation
    • Incoming Freshmen Student Articulation Program
    • Senior graduation requirement information and checklist
    • Program selection and course planning assistance for all grade levels
    • College admissions planning
    • College testing timelines

  2. Apply acquired basic skills to personal planning and decision making through:
    • Goal Setting
    • Communicating
    • Problem Solving
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Stress Management
    • Positive Risk Taking
    • Self-Advocacy
    • Time Management
    • Acceptance of Responsibility

  3. Establish a partnership with counselor / parent / student / staff in an environment that:
    • Monitors academic progress
    • Is confidential in nature
    • Supports cooperation and consistency
    • Fosters a sense of community within the school
    • Facilitates open and honest communication

  4. Experience support, counseling, and guidance when confronted with educational, personal, social and/or emotional issues such as: 
    • Academic risk
    • Attendance and truancy problems
    • Substance Abuse
    • Suicidal Ideation
    • Peer conflicts
    • Family Issues
    • Coping Skills
Counseling Program and Services by grade level:

8th Grade
  • Introduction and Orientation in small groups in March
  • Individual scheduling and four-year planning meetings with counselors in April
  • Incoming 9th Grade Parent Presentation in March
  • Private School Registration for private school families in April
9th Grade
  • All students attend a variety of presentations within the first month of school on topics including bias, micro-aggressions and slurs, how to find resources at school and school safety and rules
  • Freshmen Meet & Greet with Counselors in first month of school to learn about counseling program services and utilizing your counselor, resources at school, and write a letter to your senior self
  • Freshmen Guidance Lesson in October on College day – Introduction to SchooLinks. Students completed OnBoarding process and were exposed to accessing their SchooLinks account
  • Individual scheduling meetings with counselor in February/March
10th Grade
  • All students attend a variety of presentations within the first month of school on topics including being an active bystander, school safety and rules
  • College Day opportunity to take either online PSAT with Compass Education Group or participate in SchooLinks introduction presentation with the counselors completing the OnBoarding process
  • Classroom Guidance Lesson on identify personality interests and aligning these with college and career paths using SchooLinks resources in February
  • Sophomore Counseling Meetings – Individual meetings with the counselor and parent/guardian to complete four-year planning/postsecondary counseling and individual scheduling for junior year in March
  • Sophomore Parent Presentation in February
11th grade
  • All students attend a variety of presentations within the first month of school on topics including sexual assault awareness and prevention and school safety and rules
  • Classroom Guidance Lesson on beginning the college search process, identifying potential schools, considering college admissions testing, and utilizing SchooLinks as part of the college research process January
  • Individual scheduling, review four-year plan, and postsecondary planning meetings with counselor in February
  • Classroom Guidance Lesson focused on college and postsecondary next steps/summer goals in May
  • Graduation checks mailed home to all juniors and parent(s)/guardian(s) in June
12th Grade
  • All students attend a variety of presentations within the first month of school on topics including sexual assault awareness and prevention and school safety and rules
  • Classroom Guidance Lesson on the college application process and postsecondary plans in September
  • Individual postsecondary counseling meeting with each senior in September/October
  • Senior Interviews for those requesting counselor letter of recommendation
  • Personalized letters of recommendation for each senior that requests one
  • Monitor Seniors in Danger of not graduating and communicate with teachers and parents
  • Senior Seminar on topics to prepare students for post-secondary life in June
Counseling Services provided to all grade levels
  • Individual academic and post-secondary planning
  • College and Career advisement
  • Individual counseling – academic and social/emotional
  • Individual scheduling with all students in Spring
  • D/F counseling each quarter for students with multiple Ds and Fs
  • Intervention meetings for at-risk students as needed
  • Crisis counseling
  • Facing Life Challenges (suicide prevention lesson) presentation by SAGE Therapists delivered to all students in October/November
  • Suicide assessments
  • Threat assessments
  • Resources and community referrals
  • Individual parent meetings as requested/needed
  • Personalized letters of recommendation for students for college entrance, scholarships, summer programs, and leadership opportunities.
  • Attendance counseling
  • NCAA resources and advising
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