Counseling

Welcome to the Counseling Office
Dean of Students Andrew Spear    aspear@orcutt-schools.net              805-938-8550

The goal of our Counseling Office is to support our school’s students and parents with information and guidance to ensure a successful future.  OAHS is fortunate to have the parent, staff, and community support necessary to create a friendly, accessible, dynamic Counseling Office staffed by professionals to guide students and their parents in forming future educational and career goals and assist in the planning required to reach those goals.

Counselors are assigned to students by last name as follows:

Students last name A - L Monica Cedill mcedillo@orcutt-schools.net  805-938-8550

Students last name M - Z Ana Perez aperez@orcutt-schools.net    805-938-8550

Registrar Heather Bennett hbennett@orcutt-schools.net  805-938-8550

Office Hours

7:30 - 3:30 Monday - Friday

During these hours, the school receptionist can provide general information, schedule appointments and process transcript requests.

The counseling team provides services in the following areas:

Personal/Social Domain

The counselors assist students by providing support and guidance to improve school performance. Counselors are available on a daily basis to discuss personal concerns with students. Counseling interns, school psychologists, and the school nurse are also available to assist students.

Counselors:

  • Provide assistance to students before school, at nutrition and lunch breaks, and after school
  • Identify and refer students to the Student Study Team (SST) for intervention services
  • Identify and refer students for outside counseling services
  • Provide crisis intervention and appropriate mental health referrals
  • Provide assistance and guidance via individual parent meetings
  • Provide personal counseling and guidance

 

Academic Domain:

The counselors assist students and their parents with high school educational planning and programming to ensure that students have an appropriate secondary education and graduate from Orcutt Academy High School in a timely manner. In addition, counselors help students in selecting coursework that supports their post-secondary choices, educational and vocational.

Counselors:

  • Advise students with regard to course selection and planning
  • Recommend students to summer school for remediation or enrichment
  • Monitor graduation status
  • Provide options for tutoring services
  • Provide individual academic counseling to students and parents
  • Identify and refer students to reading and math intervention programs
  • Provide high school orientation to incoming 9th grade students
  • Provide parent and family informational meetings


College/Career Domain:

The counselors also assist students by providing information and guidance pertaining to college admissions, college entrance requirements, testing, scholarships, financial aid, the completion of college applications, NCAA Collegiate Sports, Military Careers, and Gap Year information. Career planning for all students is emphasized by means of computer programs available in the College & Career Center and through My10YearPlan.com and the Naviance (Family Connections) online program.

Counselors:

  • Meet individually with all students in grades 10, 11, and 12 to discuss plans for after graduation 
  • Provide college letters of recommendation, secondary school reports and mid-year reports
  • Provide GPA verification for college scholarships and financial aid
  • Monitor and assist students with NCAA eligibility and registration
  • Assist students with college applications
  • Provide information regarding SAT/ACT/Subject Test/AP registration
  • Provide referrals to SAT/ACT/Subject Test/AP preparation classes
  • Interpret PSAT results
  • Sponsor financial aid, college application, and SAT/ACT/Subject Test workshops
  • Provide college and career information
  • Provide access to community college via on-campus meetings with Allan Hancock College representatives
  • Provide access to Financial Aid and Scholarship information via on-campus meetings with Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation.

 


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