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The Davis Joint Unified Comprehensive School Counseling Program is staffed by professional school counselors who advocate, collaborate and facilitate to impact individual and systemic change. We ensure that every student has the knowledge and skills necessary for academic success and personal growth. As school counselors, we strive to empower students to embrace their full potential, to develop healthy lifestyles, and to achieve their academic, career and social/emotional goals.

Davis Joint Unified School Counselors believe:

  • In meeting the needs of the whole child.
  • All students should have equal access and opportunity.
  • In providing critical support by connecting students to resources within and outside of the school system.
  • All students contribute to the diversity of the school community and have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • All students can achieve.
  • In nurturing resilience.
  • In advocating for our students’ unique developmental needs.
  • Every student should feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to their school.
  • In collaborating and partnering with students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community. 

Elementary Counseling

Why Elementary School Counselors?
The elementary school years are foundationally and developmentally critical to the long term success and functioning of DJUSD students. During these early and influential years, elementary students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to become healthy, competent and confident lifelong learners. DJUSD elementary school counselors strive to nurture the incredible potential of all elementary students by:

  • Meeting monthly to consult and discuss best counseling practices;
  • Partnering and collaborating with school staff, parent/guardians, and surrounding community to nurture responsive and inclusive school climates;
  • Implementing educational counseling curriculum adapted to student developmental and grade level needs; and
  • Providing early identification of student social, emotional and academic and student focused intervention and consultation.

Here is a brochure to learn more about the elementary school program: DJUSD Elementary Counselor Brochure (002).pdf

DJUSD Elementary Counselor Brochure - Spanish.pdf

Consent and Confidentiality
In general, school-wide counseling activities and whole grade level lessons do not require consent to participate, as school counseling services are a part of the general educational program open to all students. Small group and individual counseling services do require parent or guardian consent prior to student participation, with the following exceptions:

As per California law, if a child is twelve years or older they may consent to receive counseling services.
In the case of a crisis, a school counselor may provide one to two sessions for a student, regardless of age, to determine the scope of the problem and to apply problem-solving and crisis resolution techniques. Parent/guardian(s) will be informed of the crisis counseling activities and any future sessions will require consent for children ages 11 and under.
The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:

To support the students’ right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardians and staff members.
To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms.
To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality.
To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when:
Student poses a danger to self or others.
Court ordered disclosure.
Consulting with other professionals in support of the student, i.e., colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel.
Privilege communication is not granted by state laws and local guidelines, i.e., school board policies.
To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist.
To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed.
To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent.
To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services, i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA.

Secondary Counseling

The DJUSD Secondary Counseling Program at the junior and high schools seeks to positively impact the lives of all our students by partnering with staff, parents, and the community. Our program offers comprehensive planning and guidance services addressing student academic, diverse career and college goals, as well as personal and social development. We work to give all students the opportunity to acquire the educational and social competencies necessary for growth toward lifelong success and effective, responsible citizenship for a diverse and changing world.

Important Information Regarding the Confidentiality of School Counseling Records

Per Section 49602 of the California Education Code, any information of a personal nature shared by a student age 12 or older in the process of receiving counseling from a school counselor as specified in Section 49600 of the California Education Code is confidential.

Likewise, any information of a personal nature disclosed to a school counselor by a parent or guardian of a student age 12 or older and who is receiving counseling from a school counselor as specified in Section 49600 of the California Education Code is confidential.

This means that the information shared does not become part of the student’s/pupil’s record (as defined by subdivision (b) of Section 49061 of the California Education Code) unless the person who disclosed the confidential information (be it the student and/or the parent/guardian) otherwise states in writing. The information, therefore, shall not be revealed, released, discussed, or referred to,

Except as follows:

With psychotherapists as defined by Section 1010 of the California Evidence Code, other health care providers, and/or the school nurse, for the sole purpose of referring the student for treatment;
To report child abuse or neglect as required by Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 11165) of Chapter 2 of Title 1 of Part 4 of the California Penal Code;
To report information to the principal or parents of the student when the school counselor has reasonable cause to believe that disclosing the information is necessary to avert a clear and present danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the student or the following other persons living in the school community: administrators, teachers, school staff, parents, students, and other school community members;  To report information to the principal, other persons inside the school, as necessary, the parents of the student, and other persons outside the school when the student indicates that a crime, involving the likelihood of personal injury or significant or substantial property loss, will be or has been committed;
To report information to one or more persons specified in a written waiver after the written waiver of confidence is read and signed by the student and preserved in the student’s file; with other school staff, as appropriate, regarding modification of the student’s academic program; with law enforcement agencies when ordered to do so by order of a court of law;
To aid in the investigation of a crime; and/or when ordered to testify in an administrative or judicial proceeding.

A school counselor shall not disclose information deemed to be confidential pursuant Section 49602 of the California Education Code to the parents of the student when the school counselor has reasonable cause to believe that the disclosure would result in a clear and present danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the student.

No person required by Section 49602 of the California Education Code to keep information discussed during counseling confidential shall incur any civil or criminal liability as a result of keeping that information confidential.

The term “information of a personal nature” does not include routine objective information related to academic and career counseling.

Questions? Contact the Student Support Services Office at (530) 757-5300.

College & Career

Friday, October 23rd

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments is offering its Youth Leadership Academy, where high school students will learn about local and regional government, network with local, state and national representatives, gain leadership and professional development experience and discover careers in the public sector. The program is virtual this year. Applications are due October 23 and can be accessed at: For more information about the program, go to:

Information about the CHSPE

Important Notice: Senate Bill 820, was signed by the Governor on September 18, 2020, changing the schedule for the California High School Proficiency Examinations (CHSPE) for school year 2020-2021. Regular examinations of the CHSPE shall be offered only if they can be administered in accordance with state and local public health orders, as determined by the Superintendent. The California Department of Education is working with its contractors to develop a new CHSPE that may be offered in early 2021; when the test will be and can be administered safely and remotely. Please check back for information about the next CHSPE administration.


SCC Application Workshops

Apply to Community College! Sac City is hosting workshops on the following Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 pm: October 13, 27; November 10, 14; December 8th

Sign up:


On the following Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 pm:

October 7, 11; November 4, 18; December 2

Sign up: 


The FAFSA is open!

If you/your child is applying to college (trade school, 2-year or 4-year) you are STRONGLY encouraged to complete the FAFSA in order to receive grants, loans, and scholarships.


Saturday, October 10 from 9am-1pm

College Information Day (Virtual) Register here: 

Program will be available online on Saturday: 

Questions: Teresa Ramirez-Sordia,


Thursday, October 15 at 6 pm

Cash for College Workshop River City High School in West Sacramento (Flyer)

Students must pre-register here:

Contact: Karen Price (River City HS), 


Saturday, October 17 at 9 am-noon

Cash for College Workshop Woodland Community College (Flyer)

Students must pre-register here: 

Contact: Rebecca Reyes (WCC Financial Aid), 


Wednesday, October 21 at 4 pm

“How to Pay for College” Webinar Series

Register here: 

Available On-Demand: "Financial Aid Info Night" with Sacramento Cal-SOAP Consortium

Highly recommended for seniors to watch BEFORE attending a Cash for College workshop

Register here:



  • PSAT/NMSQT The College Board has announced that the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) will be offered in January 2021 and this administration will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation. DJUSD will not administer the fall PSAT, scheduled for October 17, 2020.  Instead, DJUSD plans to offer in-person testing for the PSAT/NMSQT in January 2021, with adherence to Yolo County Public Health guidance. If we are able to offer this exam, ALL 11th graders are strongly encouraged to take it, as it is a scholarship competition.

  • SAT/ACT The College Board has also announced monthly opportunities to take the SAT, though testing locations vary from community to community. DJUSD will offer in-person SAT administration to testing sessions at Davis Senior High School on November 7, 2020 and on March 13, 2021, with adherence to Yolo County Public Health guidance

  • Test-Blind Admissions There is a rise in the number of colleges and universities using test-blind admissions, potentially also including the UC system.  For more information, check out this resource, as well as the UC court case.

  • UC Update to Testing Requirements for Classes of 2021-2023: There are a number of updates to the UC testing requirements. Read about them HERE.


  • VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS Check out the upcoming college visits! To get the links, visit the complete list. (You will need to use your DJUSD email address to access.)

Elementary Counselors

Birch Lane Elementary
Susie Carrell

Chavez Elementary
Andrea Flores

Korematsu Elementary
April Mears

Montgomery Elementary
Lizette Mancilla

North Davis Elementary
Maria Cook - Monday - Wednesday
Alicia Perry - Wednesday - Friday

Patwin Elementary
Melinda Coates

Pioneer Elementary
Zachary Fullington

Willett Elementary
Elizabeth Petteys

Secondary Counselors

Davis School for Independent Study
Marvie Paulson

Davis Senior High School
Elizabeth Arroyo
Kimberly Liu
Ann Murao
Kathy Parker
Catherine Pereira
Linda Preciado

Da Vinci Charter Academy
Marla Bowen– Junior High School Campus

Nicole Chiamparino-Roper – High School Campus
Erika Strand – High School Campus

Emerson Junior High School
Camica Edwards
Macara Nicoll

Harper Junior High School
Jacquelina Orozco
Adrianne Simon-Carlson

Holmes Junior High School
Marci Sarette
Macara Nicoll
Ellen Shields

King High School
Sharlese Jones