Assigned by last name

A - Da: Julie Plautz

Hu - Me: Kirsten Sjolund

Sc - Z: Nile Smith
Social Worker:
Kimberly Trefz

Counseling Support Staff:

Cindy Hollander

Cathy Labbat
Post-Grad Coordinator
What's New, Important and Upcoming....
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  • Looking for a Summer Job??? The counseling department has MANY job opportunities posted in our office, immediately on your left when you walk in the counseling office door. We have an entire corner devoted to ...
    Posted May 7, 2019, 10:44 AM by Kirsten Sjolund
  • The Right Way to Choose a College If you missed our presentation on April 25th, 2019 on 'Key Questions to Ask When Choosing a College,' you can see related article below and helpful pointers to use when ...
    Posted May 7, 2019, 10:27 AM by Kirsten Sjolund
  • Interested in pursuing Firefighting as a career??? Camp EmberWest Metro Fire and Arvada FireMay 30-June 2, 2019Application opens March 1st, 2019Camp Ember is a free 4 day/3 night immersive introduction to ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2019, 12:45 PM by Kirsten Sjolund
  • PAID Summer Internship in Rocky Mtn. National Park!!! High School Leadership Corps (Ages 13-17):-Provides work opportunities for Colorado high school youth (ages 13-17) in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2019, 12:40 PM by Kirsten Sjolund
  • Senior FAFSA/Scholarship Workshop Powerpoint The senior class sat in on an informative FAFSA/Scholarship Workshop on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018. Meagan Tracey from Western Colorado University presented to the students, her presentation and information ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2018, 6:36 AM by Kirsten Sjolund
  • Application Info for US Military Academy    Applications for the 2nd Congressional District are due by October 1, 2019.   Click HERE to learn more about full Nomination Process This includes Congressional Nominations to the: United States ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2019, 1:35 PM by Brian Plautz
  • Follow the Counseling Dept. on Twitter! For college, career, and upcoming event information, follow us at: @CounselingDRHS
    Posted Sep 12, 2018, 8:58 AM by Kirsten Sjolund
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Dakota Ridge Counseling Department Mission:

DRHS Counselors continually connect with students to empower, support, and guide them. We meet them where they are and help them reach their desired future. Our vision is to provide support and advocacy, empowering ALL students for success in high school and beyond.

How can I see my counselor?


Students: Come to the counseling office during your free period, lunch period, or before or after school. We have an open door policy for students. You are welcome to fill out a counselor request form if your counselor is not available. We will then call you down at our earliest convenience.

Parents: It is best to call the office to arrange an appointment to see your student's counselor. This ensures appropriate time allocated to your needs. Stopping by the office could result in long wait times or a counselor not available.

Schedule of Counselor Visits for Fall 2018

  • Counselor Responsibilities:
  • Academic counseling (incl. difficulties and interventions)
  • Short term/crisis counseling
  • Socio-emotional counseling
  • Community resource referrals
  • College/career guidance
  • ICAP support
  • 504 plan coordination and support
  • Seminar program support