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Student Center

Peninsula High Student Center + SAGE School-Based Therapy
A wellness space that provides a relaxing environment for students
What is the Student Center?
Located in room S11, the Student Center is a wellness space that provides
a relaxing environment for students on campus. The student center includes
two SAGE therapists, coping skills (coloring books, stress toys,
journals, zen garden), comfortable seating, mental health educational materials,
and a Keurig for tea + hot cocoa.

What is SAGE?
Sage is a non-profit agency that contracts with local school districts
to provide on-site, full time, and free mental health services to schools.
For more information, visit our website at
and follow us on Instagram @sagesocal
Here is a presentation that our Student Support Specialists gave to the PTSA in February 2020 explaining the origin and purpose of SAGE:
The Student Center has two on-site, full time, mental health clinicians who offer a variety of services:
  • For students: drop-in support, individual therapy, group therapy, peer mediation, and emergency and crisis intervention.
  • For parents: Parent consultation, community outreach, community resources/referrals
  • For staff: Staff consultation, staff training
Student Support Specialist - Barbara Gani
LCSW # 76283
(310) 377-4888 x42211
Student Support Specialist - Alexandra Sokoloff
ACSW # 83905
(310) 377-4888 x42706
Student Support Office Assistant - Margaret Benson
(310) 377-4888 x42447
Services provided include:
Drop-in support
Individual counseling
Group therapy
Emergency and crisis intervention
PVPUSD has partnered with South Bay Families Connected (SBFC) with the ultimate goal of having our parents, teachers and staff working together to help our youth thrive and stay on a healthy path to maturity.  
families connected logo
SBFC is a not-for-profit whose mission it is to improve the social and emotional wellness of our area youth by supporting parents in their efforts to help their kids reach their full potential and live healthy, fulfilled lives. SBFC offers parents the free resources, education, and opportunities to connect around the issues and challenges we face, from helping our kids navigate the new social media landscape, to reducing the likelihood that they will use drugs and alcohol.