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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.

    • US National Mental Health Hotline
      • Click HERE for more information on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline ( and click HERE to go directly to their webpage about how to get help.

All external courses must be vetted through the high school, beginning with your counselor, prior to enrolling in any out-of-District courses. The required forms are here:

Voluntary Drop/Level Change: Initiated by student or parent

If request occurs on or before Friday, October 6th, first semester, or Friday, February 16th, second semester, there will be no record of the class on the transcript.

If withdraw occurs from Monday, October 9th – Friday, November 3rd, first semester or Monday, February 19th –Friday, March 15th, second semester, a grade of W will be recorded on the transcript.

If withdraw occurs from Monday, November 6th – Friday, December 22nd, first semester, or Monday, March 18th –Thursday, June 6th, second semester, an “F” will be recorded on transcript, regardless of academic grade.

*Please Note: Level changes are based on space availability and are not guaranteed

Interested in Tutoring?
If you are interested in tutoring K-12 students in PVPUSD, please fill out this form and return it to Mrs. Adams ([email protected]). We will have these lists on site for our students and also provide the list to other schools in the district to reach out to set up times.

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