• Do I need an appointment to see my counselor?

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    Counselors are available for drop in before and after school and during lunch. If you would like to see your counselor at any other time, you can fill out a request to see the counselor form in the counseling office and the counselor will make an appointment to pull you out of an appropriate class. 

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  • My parent(s) would like to meet with you. Do they need to make an appointment?

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    We will happily meet with your parent(s); however, we do request that parents make an appointment with their respective counselor. We try our best to make ourselves as accessible as possible to students throughout the school day, so it is important we are not unavailable more than necessary. We also prefer to schedule appointments so we may block out a specific amount of time and ensure the meeting is given our absolute attention. Lastly, we prefer to be prepared. It is a much more productive meeting when we are able to plan, gather the necessary materials, and invite the necessary individuals to our scheduled meeting.Parents may e-mail or call the appropriate counselor to set up an appointment. 

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  • My counselor isn't here or available today, can I see another counselor?

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    As counselors, we enjoy working with our students and building a positive rapport with each of you. We do understand there may be times we are not present and an issue must be resolved immediately. If this is the case, any available counselor would be happy to help you. If, perhaps, the matter is not urgent and can wait, we encourage you to e-mail your counselor or return when appropriate to discuss the matter. 

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  • I really need someone to talk to. Can I talk to my counselor about non-academic stuff?

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    Many students work with counselors to discuss their academic needs and goals. However, as counselors, we are specifically trained to work with students dealing with numerous issues (i.e. personal, social, emotional). We are happy to meet with students and hope to provide a supportive and nurturing environment. Most importantly, we are professional counselors and maintain the rights of privacy for our students in most situations. 

    In addition, Mrs. Whittington also assists with our Peer Mediation program and can refer out to other community support agencies when necessary. Please contact your counselor if you feel you or your student could benefit from additional social-emotional support on campus. 

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  • What are the A-G requirements? Does this relate to graduation?

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    Most students are aware of the subject requirements for graduation and college entrance, but they are technically termed the A-G requirements as outlined by the U.C. and C.S.U. Visit our A-G page to find more detailed information regarding these subjects. The A-G requirements do not relate to graduation from Deer Valley High School, so please note this difference when determining your future plans. DVHS has a campaign to help students understand and earn their A-G requirements called "Collect All 15" - check out more information here.

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  • I need to sign up for a LMC class, but I don't know how.

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    Many students opt to take additional courses to supplement their education at nearby community colleges. We are happy to assist students in making this happen. First, students must fill out an application through LMC. Follow the directions on their website by filling out the application and also filling out the Special Admission Recommendation Form. Prior to bringing this form to your counselor, you must know what course you plan to take. Your counselor must approve the course and it will be your responsibility to have your counselor sign off on the form. Please remember to make sure you meet the prerequisites to join the course. See your counselor for further guidance on courses and granting credit. The computers in the counseling center are available before and after school if needed.

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  • How do I sign up for the SATs and/or ACTs? When should I take them?

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    Students who hope to attend a 4-year college/university must take either the SAT or the ACT. If a student plans to attend a community college first, the exams are not required. Most students take the SAT and/or ACT during the spring of their junior year. Typically, most students end up taking these exams twice in hopes to improve their score after the first time. Sometimes students try as early as their sophomore year, but we feel it is best for students to have as much English and Math under their belt before taking the exam for the first time. It is helpful to also take the PSAT (typically given in October) as a practice prior to signing up for the official SAT. This year all Freshman and Sophomores will take the PSAT, if you are a Junior who would like to take the PSAT, sign up with Ms. Hurtado in the Libaray.

    To sign up for the full exams, please go to their respective web sites at College Board (SAT) and ACT. Dates vary between the two tests, so please plan accordingly. 

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  • I need a fee waiver for the SAT/ACT or college, what do I do?

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    Fee waivers are available to students who recieve free and reduced lunch. 

    Fee waivers for the SAT or ACT are available with Ms. Proznick in the Career Center. You must have a copy of the letter from nutrition services that says you qualify for free/reduced lunch to get a fee waiver. If you do not have the letter, you can contact them directly to get it faxed to the school or e-mailed to you. (925) 779-7600, option 2

    For colleges you will request the fee waiver as part of your application proccess and be notified if you qualify directly during the application. 

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  • I am interested in attending a private college or university. What are the steps to apply?

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    Most private colleges use the Common App  for applications. Students can apply to multiple colleges from this one site. Colleges may have supplemental portions of the application that differ, but most of the main information will be the same for all. 

    Most private colleges will also require a personal statement and letters of recommendation. Students will need to request recommendations from teachers and from their counselor. Students should complete a Senior Profile to give to recommenders to help them complete the letters. Students should give recommenders at least two week's notice to complete letters. 

    Private college admission deadlines vary, so it is important that students start a deadline calendar to help keep deadlines in check. 

    Check in with your counselor for more detailed help. 

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  • I need an official transcript, where do I get it?

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    If you need an official transctipt, you can request it by filling out the transcript request form in the main office or downloading it here. You will need to provide an addressed, stamped envelope if you would like the school to send it directly.

    It is a common misconception that students need an official transcript when applying for college, colleges will request your transcript when it is appropriate and then you can send it directly to the school. 

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