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Counseling

Orchard Hills School Counselors are here to help!

CONTACTING AN ORCHARD HILLS SCHOOL COUNSELOR:

  • Sarah Montes - email: smontes@tustin.k12.ca.us
  • Office Telephone: 714-430-2078
  • Or you may leave a note for us in the front office

School Counselor’s Role:

Middle school is an ideal time for self-development, personal/social growth, and setting academic goals.
School counselors develop comprehensive guidance programs aimed at meeting the academic, personal/social, and career needs of all students. Some common middle school issues include academic support, friendship dilemmas, grief, family concerns, bullying, peer conflicts, divorce, anger management, college-preparation etc.

Typical Counseling Tasks:

  • Individual sessions
  • Parent meetings
  • Group sessions
  • Conflict-resolution meetings
  • SST (Student Study Team) meetings
  • 504 Plans
  • Scheduling (master schedule, student schedules)
  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • College and Career Week
  • Goal setting for college and career planning
  • High school transition program for 8th grade students
  • Referrals to therapists for on-going counseling
  • Referrals to community agencies
  • On-going collaboration with teachers and all staff members

How are Students Referred to the Counselor?

We are available to all students, parents and staff. Referrals are made by teachers, parents and students (self-referrals). You can reach us via:

We are aware that students are not sure what the process is to set up a meeting. I have good news! Students have several options:

  • Stop in before school, during break, lunch or after-school to see if I am available
  • Send me an e-mail
  • Leave a note for me in the front office or fill out a “Request to Meet with Counselor” form
  • Let me know that we need to meet when you see me around campus (I love this!)
  • Hand me a note when you see me around campus if you do not want anyone to overhear what you are telling me
  • Ask your teacher at an appropriate time if you can come to my office
  • Leave me a voicemail

We realize that some students may feel shy or nervous about coming in to the office to meet with a school counselor for the first time. School counselors are trained to listen to others and create a safe environment for students to share thoughts and feelings. My favorite part of the counseling process is collaborating with students to create a variety of appropriate solutions.