Counseling

dr. Jose a. Ramirez

Assistant Principal

  • Counseling

  • Registration

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Mission

Our mission is to support and guide our students as they develop into life long learners, who are confident and responsible citizens with an appreciation of cultural diversity and creativity.

We believe that all students are entitled to receive the benefits of comprehensive developmental counseling and guidance programs, which are designed to provide them with the information and skills necessary to be successful in the diverse and ever changing global community of the 21st century.

Further, we believe that:

  • Ethical behavior is essential to our students’ health and well-being

  • Education is a shared responsibility of the entire community

  • All students are entitled to equal access of all educational opportunities

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Tuesdays 8:20 am - 3:00 pm

Ms. Alice Pedersen

A - CE

  • Financial Aid (FAFSA & CADAA)

  • Scholarships

  • Ophelia Project Liaison

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Ashley Schantz

Dr. Ashley Schantz

CH-GAL

Counseling Department Lead

  • National College Kick Off Day

  • PSAT

  • ASVAB

  • Guidance Lessons & Parent Nights

  • Co/Dual Enrollment

  • College of the Desert

  • Horizon/Summit

  • Registration/Master Schedule Support

  • Freshman Transition

  • Future Freshman Night

  • Freshman Transition Conferences

  • Freshman Academic Placement

  • Senior Awards

  • Graduation

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mrs. Michele Morales

GAM-LEW

  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Liaison

  • National Signing Day

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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ms. Elva Pena

LEY-N

  • SAT

  • English Learner Liaison

  • California Scholarship Federation Advisor (CSF)

  • Transgender Liaison

  • MTSS Liaison

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mrs. Veronica Davis

O-SALA

  • International Baccalaureate Liaison

  • CAS Coordinator

  • Advanced Placement Coordinator

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Philip Noh

mr. Philip Noh

SALG-Z

  • Career Technical Education Liaison

  • Academic Awards

  • Desert Sun Senior Scholars

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Erica Estrada

Erica Estrada

Registrar

Records & Transcripts

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Daniel Leon

Daniel Leon

Office Specialist

Support Group Coordinator

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Julie Vanvacter

Julie Vanvacter

Career Center

  • Peer Tutoring

  • Community Liaison

  • CV Regional College Fair Rep

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Melanie Franco

Melanie Franco

Data Specialist

SYNERGY Reporting

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Heriberto Herrera

School Psychologist

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Elena Labastida

ERMS Counselor

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Dana Landstrom

Dana Landstrom

dana.landstrom@desertsands.us

Office Technician

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