High school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope. It is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them. Secondary school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.
The professional high school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with educational reform and challenges facing today’s students.
Clairemont’s Counseling and Guidance Program supports teaching and learning by assuring that all students achieve academic success and develop life skills through the acquisition of academic, career, and personal/social competencies, which will prepare them for meaningful participation in a diverse, changing world.
Credentialed school counselors provide comprehensive school counseling programs that incorporate prevention and intervention activities through school-wide assemblies and activities, classroom guidance lessons, intentional guidance groups, individual counseling, and collaboration with outside community resources. School counselors also assist students in ensuring they meet high school graduation requirements and planning to meet long term education, career, and personal goals.
In the event of a crisis, emergency or traumatic situation they will collaborate with and refer to additional resources to support to students, families, and staff.
School counselors will:
- Design and implement a comprehensive school counseling program based on the National Standards for School Counseling Programs and the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model
- Ensure that students will receive guidance curriculum in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development.
- Provide intervention services for students experiencing academic and personal/social barriers to learning.
- Provide guidance and information to students and families to ensure success in student attendance, behavior, and graduation, and prevention of drug use and violence.
- Provide resources to staff to ensure that each school counseling center is a family-friendly environment.
- Ensure that students have access to a safe school climate necessary for academic and social/emotional growth.
Who are the Counselors?
Claudia Victorino – Head Counselor: Case load of last names beginning H-N, (858) 273-0201 x2219
Christian Ramirez – School Counselor: Case load of last names beginning A-G, (858) 273-0201 x2228
Megan Blum – School Counselor: Case load of last names beginning O-Z, (858) 273-0201 x2212
Cherie Wehage – School Counselor for the STARS program, (858) 273-0201 x4107
Availability of Counselors
Counselors are available for student walk-in appointments anytime outside of instruction time; before and after school, as well as during lunch. Students can also fill out an appointment request form, or contact their counselor directly for an appointment. Parents and Community members can contact the office staff or the counselor directly for an appointment.