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Burgess, Lorena
Cameron, Barbara
Galvan, Grace
Garcia, Angelica
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Heilemann, Violetta
Valadez, Luz
Yanez, Maria
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Zarate, Alma
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Guidance Office


Guidance Office

 Mission Statement

The South El Monte High School's Counseling Department provides all students the support and guidance necessary for the development of academic, personal, and career awareness. In partnership with home and community, the counseling program focuses on developing within each individual the skills that are essential to become a responsible citizen who respects cultural diversity and successfully compete in an ever-changing world economy.

The guidance team works collaboratively with each other to develop proactive measures that identify barriers to student achievement and personal well-being. The counseling program works diligently to be an integral component of the academic mission of the school to ensure that every student has equitable access to the school guidance program and to identify and provide the necessary skills for a healthy lifestyle.

Guidance Counselors

Using an approach that focuses on treating the whole child, Guidance Counselors provide students with academic and career guidance and address their social and emotional needs. Students meet with counselors on an individual basis at least twice yearly to discuss academic progress and other needs. Counselor help create, direct and monitor student academic progress through the use of the Four-Year-Plan that is based on student career and postsecondary goals.

Through parent conferences and grade-level meetings, counselors involve parents as active stakeholders in their children's academic plans and progress.

Ninth Grade

- Initial registration review for each student
- Parent or student conferences, as requested
- Personalized four educational plan for the student developed and updated by the counselor and communicated to the parents
- Orientation meeting for parents and incoming 9th grade students
- Personal counseling, as needed
- Registration, scheduling and program adjustments. (School initiated)
- Parents may request a special grade check on their student's progress.
- Parents or students may request a referral to an outside agency or to other community resources
- Career Guidance opportunities

Tenth Grade

- All services provided at 9th grade plus:
- Students will be oriented to the school's Career Center program
- Competency and achieve test interpretation and parent conference on results 
- Comprehensive review of student's progress to date.
- Planning for future through the Sophomore Counseling Program (subject to availability of funds)

Eleventh Grade

- All services provided at the 9th and 10th grades plus:
- Parents and students will be invited to a college information night.
- Parents and students will be informed of student's progress toward graduation if deficiencies are anticipated.
- Pre-college students will be given:
a. planning and financial information
b. opportunity to meet with college representatives
c. pre-college testing information - ACT, PSAT, SAT, PLAN
- Students will have the opportunity to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
- Options for non-college bound students will be offered. 

Twelfth Grade

- All services provided at the 9th, 10th, 11th grades plus:
- Parents and students will receive a graduation status report if deficiencies are anticipated
- Pre-college students will be given
a. pre-college testing options
b. assistance with applications for financial aid, scholarships and admissions, as necessary
- Options will be outlined to students who are going directly into the workforce