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Mission Statement

  • Leslie Burns - Juniors / Seniors
  • Ian Blair - Freshmen / Sophomores
The counseling staff’s mission is to help students match their skills, interest, and abilities with plans that meet their educational and future goals and to challenge students at as high a level as they can be successful while supporting ESLR achievement. We aim to serve as advocates for the students, allies for the teachers, and liaisons with the parents.

SLVHS Guidance & Counseling Program

The Guidance and Counseling Department at SLVHS has adopted the national Standards for School Counseling Standards. These standards focus on helping students achieve competencies through three areas of student development: academic, career, and personal/social. The mission of the guidance and counseling program is to promote and enhance student learning through these three areas by helping students match their skills & abilities, interests and knowledge, values and preferences with plans that meet students’ educational and future goals. Examples include the following:

ACADEMIC: The counseling staff guides students through a vast array of academic options with the aim of challenging students at as high a level as they can be successful.
  • Course planning: College prep, honors, AP (Advanced Placement), enrichment, & CTE Programs
  • College requirements: UC, CSU, CCC & private
  • Academic support (student & adult tutors; after school support)
  • Honor Roll
  • Honors Clubs: CSF (California Scholarship Federation) & NHS (National Honor Society)
  • College testing: SAT I, ACT and Subject Tests
  • Honors testing: AP (Advanced Placement)
  • College Visits
  • College & Career Fairs
PERSONAL/SOCIAL: The counseling department with staff serve as a gateway, providing access to a variety of options to involve students in school-related activities as well as providing assistance through trained adult and student support personnel.
  • Clubs and organizations (interests, service, honors)
  • Sports teams
  • Assemblies, rallies, Talent Show, lunch time activities
  • Individual counseling/counselor assessment
  • Mental Health Referrals 
  • School psychologist
CAREER: The Counseling staff works with staff to promote career awareness and exploration through a variety of school-based and work-based activities.
  • Personality & career exploration assessments
  • CTE & elective classes
  • Career panels / College & Career Fairs
  • Opportunities for internships/ mentorships
  • Work experience
  • Pathways/transitions information
  • Post-secondary and career/life planning
  • Community Service
Career Assessments

Ninth grade students learn about themselves, their preferences, personalities and strengths, and how these elements can be utilized in career selection. The True Colors survey and Learning Styles surveys are completed with counselors through the Naviance online platform.

Tenth grade students continue to use Naviance online. Tenth graders take a career interest profiler and career clusters survey  as they learn about the world of work. This helps as they consider their extracurricular interests, elective courses and career options.

Eleventh grade students take the  Do What you Are and Strength Finder surveys. They then relate results to career interests and for post-secondary options and they use the College SuperMatch to explore appropriate post-secondary placements. Many students participate in CTE classes and Work Experience.

Twelfth grade students complete and revisit College SuperMatch and Emotional Intelligence survey and work on their Senior Exit Portfolio. Many students participate in CTE classes and Work Experience. 


Today’s successful students and future employees must have many basic core skills and be adaptable to change. The job market requires that employees in the work environment continually learn new skills because technology is constantly changing and information is being made available at ever increasing rates. The traditional concept of an employee who works alone is being replaced with groups of people who work as teams. These teams are becoming self-supervised instead of being managed or headed by a supervisor. This change requires that the people who are members of these teams have self-discipline and excellent interpersonal skills. They need to be people who can work and communicate well with all types of people. Team players emphasize group achievement rather than individual achievement; yet, each individual of the team must have the skill to set goals, make the goals come alive to the other team members, work towards the goals and actually achieve the goals established by the team. As a result, the employee of tomorrow must be willing to work cooperatively in-groups while being self-motivated. The world of work is ever expanding and changing. The excitement of new opportunities and rewarding experiences is waiting for the skilled worker of tomorrow.

Why are core skills important for you, today’s high school student? To develop the skills necessary to be hired, you should choose classes that teach and provide practice in skills that are highly valued in the working world. All jobs require informational core skills, like the information provided in you English, math, science, and social science classes. In addition, these core classes can teach you the behavioral skills you need to be successful in the working world of tomorrow. The behavioral skills are initiative, creative problem solving, critical thinking, working in groups, planning and completing projects or assignments, and being able to express yourself and your ideas orally and in writing. In addition, these classes can help you develop attitudinal skills like motivation, persistence, dedication and high standards. Take advantage of the quality educational program offered at SLVHS to better prepare you for your future! San Lorenzo Valley High School offers a comprehensive curriculum in CORE Academics, English, Math, Science, Social Science, Physical Education and Health, Fine Arts and Career-Tech preparation.