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Counseling Philosophy

Academics * Career * Personal & Social

The Seaside High College Career Counseling Department is dedicated to helping all students achieve their highest potential.  Our counseling programs work with students, parents and guardians, school staff, and community members to provide academic, college and career, personal and social counseling services that are comprehensive and developmentally appropriate. Services are provided to maximize the academic achievement of all students and promote the necessary skills, attitudes, and beliefs for all students to graduate prepared to effectively manage future challenges in a 21st century society.

Parents and students are welcome to drop by the office to speak with a counselor. Contact Ms. Melendrez at (831) 392-3530 Ext. 2086 to make an appointment.


The counseling team promotes the academic progress of students & reviews academic options by:

• Assisting in course selection & planning
• Monitoring & communicating graduation status
• Referring academic intervention programs
• Conducting meetings for academic counseling
• Referring students to tutoring 
• Interpreting test results
• Promoting & assisting with Advanced Placement testing
• Referring student for academic testing
• Referring students for alternative placement


The counseling team promotes career awareness and exploration by:

• Administering career exploration assessments 
• Promoting electives in line with assessment results 
• Promoting work experience 
• Assisting with post-secondary and career/life planning
• Assisting with college research and selection
• Providing information on scholarships & financial aid
• Writing letters of recommendation
• NCAA qualification and registration assistance
• Assist with the college application process 
• Communicating college requirements
• College testing info & interpretation: PSAT, SAT I, ACT
• College App, Financial Aid, & Scholarship Workshops

Personal & Social

The counseling team provides opportunities & promotes resources for personal growth by:

• Promoting and supporting clubs and organizations 
• Promoting and supporting of sports teams 
• Assemblies, rallies, 
• Classroom presentations
• Providing brief personal counseling
• Making referrals (drugs, alcohol, tobacco, crisis) 
• Safe School Ambassadors
• School psychologist