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Thank you for utilizing our counseling website. This is an ever-changing time in our world, but we are working together daily to find the best ways to meet your student's needs. As always our counselors are developing resources to support your students, and open communication with them. However, do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor directly as we know there are many questions and concerns during this time. If you are looking for additional mental health support please reach out to counselors, but you can also look here for a list of resources around the community.
Students if you are looking to find ways to get additional support, but are not sure what is available, you can fill out this form and someone will get in touch with you as soon as they can. 

Scheduling and Course Requests for 2020-2021
The Aeries window for viewing your course requests for 2020-2021 has closed as we begin to build classes for next year. Please reach out to your counselor to review any and all concerns you have about these courses. As you are finalizing your decisions regarding your courses, please make sure that you have gone in to the grade level tabs on the right, to review specific information for your class. Also please review the Educational Planning Guide, as it has valuable information regarding college and high school requirements, pathways for subject areas, and supports that will help you map out the right schedule for you. Also, please utilize the Course Description Handbook as it will provide information about each course, and it's pre-requisites.
Please remember, that if you do not meet the pre-requisites for a course you will have to submit a Request for Placement Form and e-mail it to your counselor. You will not be placed in the course until this is completed. If you indicated on your course requests, and you plan on taking a class outside of PVPSS you will need to submit an Out of District Course Application Form and submit it to your counselor in order for it to be approved to be place on your transcript upon completion. For more information about district policy regarding Out-of-District courses, please review the following document.
Many adults are wondering how to discuss the coronavirus in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Fortunately, there are some great resources from our youth wellness partner, South Bay Families Connected, that can help. Please visit the following links to the SBFC website for:
These resources pages, and more, can also be accessed from this month’s free SBFC e-newsletter. You may also visit our own PVPUSD Families Connected webpage for additional youth wellness resources on a wide variety of topics.

Introduction to Peninsula High Counseling
The Counseling Department utilizes a systematic approach for providing pertinent information to students. By having the same counselor throughout high school, continuity is maintained and counselors build on gathered information to reinforce individual expectations.

Counselors see students whenever there is a concern. Situations are brought to the counselor’s attention by a teacher, an administrator, a parent/guardian, or by another student. Students may request to see a counselor whenever they have a need. For an appointment, students complete the Request to See Counselor form available in the Counseling Office. Students are seen as time permits. In the event of an emergency, students will be seen at once. Parents should feel free to contact counselors. Assistance may be given via the phone, e-mail, or in person with an appointment.

The Counseling Office is committed to:
  • Providing support to each student as he/she strives to achieve individual success in school
  • Assisting students to accept responsibility for their decisions
  • Guiding students toward planning post- secondary options
The Counseling Department has developed a program which allows students to:

Acquire necessary decision-making information in a timely and effective manner regarding:
  • High school orientation (8th Grade)
  • Graduation requirement information
  • Program selection
  • Course planning
  • College testing, admissions
  • Test interpretation
Apply acquired basic skills to personal planning and decision making through:
  • Goal setting
  • Communicating
  • Problem solving
  • Conflict/stress management
  • Acceptance of responsibility
  • Positive risk taking
Establish a partnership with counselor/parent/student/staff in an environment which includes:
  • Monitored academic progress
  • Confidentiality
  • Cooperation
  • Consistency
  • A sense of community within the school

Experience support and guidance when confronted with educational, personal, and/or social problems such as:
  • Academic concerns
  • Attendance issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal ideation
  • School conflicts
  • Peer conflicts
  • College/Career concerns
Please use the Counseling links on the right side to explore