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Welcome to the Counseling Department

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Ramon C. Cortines School Code (CEEB/ACT): 054376

Use this code as needed on SAT, ACT, and college application paperwork.


 Our mission is to facilitate each student’s personal/social, academic and career development through the counselors’ delivery of guidance and counseling activities in conjunction with a collaborative effort between the home, school and community. The ultimate objective is to diminish the student’s deficits and strengthen their unique capabilities to enable them to participate in a global society as responsible citizens. This will be done in part by: helping students identify their interests and abilities, enhancing student’s productivity, fostering independence and dependability, increasing self-expression, furthering appropriate decision-making, and expanding conflict-resolution skills. 


Philosophy and Belief

  • As professional school counselors we believe:
  • All students can learn and should be given the opportunity to do so.
  • All students have dignity and worth and have a right to a safe, mutually respectful, healthy and orderly learning environment.
  • Learning involves the education of the whole person and is a continuous lifelong process.
  • All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program.
  • Learning requires the active participation, mutual respect and Individual accountability of students, teachers, staff, parents, and community members.              
  • Diversity is to be respected and appreciated as we foster unity among our students, faculty, staff and community.


The school counseling program will:

  • Be student-centered. The program will be based on specified goals and developmental student competencies for all students.
  • Include education that extends beyond the classroom environment and allows students to develop lifelong skills that can assist them in the pursuit of their life goals.
  • Consider student’s ethnicity, culture, race, sexual orientation, and special needs when planning and implementing the school counseling program.
  • Be data-driven. Data will be used in assessing the needs and effectiveness of the school counseling program and will drive future program development and evaluation.



Alfaro, Christine Counselor, Visual Arts Academy
Cartagena, Sue Counselor, Dance Academy
Herrera, Brenda College Counselor
Landeros, Yvett Assistant Principal, Visual Arts Academy & School Counseling Services
Mata, Elizabeth Counselor
Miranda, Salvador Counselor, Music Academy
Ocheita, Carmen Counselor, Theater Arts Academy
Rodriguez, Marco Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA)
Travnitz, Laura Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW)