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What is Professional School Counseling?

Professional School Counseling is an essential part of the educational program at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School (AHAHS).  The Professional School Counselors at AHAHS are committed to every Jaguar student and will help students in areas of Academic achievement, Career development, and Personal/Social development.  Our counselors love to help students and have rich educational backgrounds and experiences. Come and meet the AHA Professional School Counseling team!

Student Rights...


Information discussed with the counselor is private unless the information needs to be shared to prevent danger to the student or others. If information needs to be shared, the counselor will make every effort to let you know of the appropriate source (s) that need to be contacted. This may be a parent/guardian, administrative personnel, protective services, or law enforcement. Other shared information includes court subpoenas and communication with other professionals to better support you. Our primary responsibility is to our students, but we also acknowledge parents rights to be informed.


Your counselor may assist you with an increased understanding of the issue (s) that have been brought to the counseling office. You may also feel better having discussed the issue (s) with someone who can help resolve your concern.


We want to help you, but there are no guarantees in counseling. You may feel some anxiety discussing certain issues with your counselor. This can be caused due to challenging your thoughts/ feelings in ways that may be uncomfortable, or new to you.

Get to know your Professional School Counselor!


How do you see your counselor?

You can easily contact your school counselor by email or phone to set up an appointment.  If you need immediate counseling services please request a pass from a teacher to immediately meet with a counselor. Participation with the counseling program is encouraged to ensure that educational needs are met.

Counselors can provide support in the following domains:

Academic Development:

  • Failing grades
  • Studying/ test taking strategies
  • Trouble in class
  • Post-secondary selection
  • Test score reviews

Career Development:

  • Career awareness/exploration
  • Interest inventories

Personal/Social Development:

  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Problems at home
  • Peer conflicts
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger management
  • Substance use concerns

ASCA Delivery Components:


Guidance Curriculum:

  • Interpret cognitive, aptitude, and achievement tests
  • Assist with college and career exploration

Individual Planning:

  • Design individual student academic programs
  • Analyze grade-point averages in relationship to achievement
  • Provide information to assist in understanding educational goals and barriers

Responsive Services:

  • Counsel students in overcoming discipline and attendance problems
  • Provide students with individual and group support

System Support:

  • Assist faculty with identifying and resolving student issues, needs, and problems
  • Link students and families to school and community resources
  • Provide appropriate interventions in situations important to the physical, mental, educational, and emotional well being of the student.