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Our Mission

Working in partnership with parents, students, teachers and administrators; our mission is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that attends to the needs of all students. We support students through responsive and developmental services such as personal and social counseling, academic guidance and support, career exploration, college planning, and student and family advocacy.

Our Role

Simi Valley High School students are served by four full-time counselors. The Counseling Team is an integral and vital component in the development of the academic and personal goals of all students. We plan, implement and evaluate a counseling program that includes academic, career, personal and social development for all students. We work with parents, teachers and staff to advocate for high academic achievement and appropriate social development for each student.

Please click on this link to learn more about the role of School Counselors and watch the short video produced by the American School Counselor Association:  Who Are School Counselors? 


SVHS Welcome Packet 2021

(click link above)

Counseling Services and Mental Health Workshop Series
click here for more info

SVHS Counseling

Counseling Appointments are Now available via Zoom & Phone


Beginning in April 2021, we will return to using our our regular Calendly appointment links below.  However, if you need to connect with your Counselor for a reason other than course selections/registration during the month of March, please feel welcome to email your counselor directly to set up an appointment outside of our registration sessions.  We are still here for you and will do our best to serve your social/emotional needs during this critical time.


Once registration season is completed, you can click on your counselor's name below and you'll be able to set up your appointment time using our Calendly!

College & Career Center Counselor
is also available for appointments, especially
for seniors needing help with College Apps.


Counseling Interns:


Vanessa Gonzalez:  (from Cal Lutheran Univ.)
(Native Spanish Speaker)

Click here to set up an
Appt with Vanessa

Tiffany Nesterenko:  (from Concordia Univ.)

Click here to set up an
Appointment with Tiffany


COVID-19 Info and Resources

Please know that there are many available resources at your disposal throughout our community.  We have listed some of those below for you, if needed, and we encourage students to seek out these supports with your parents/guardians.  

Local Resources:

The dinner schedule at local food pantries is sent out by the district and can be emailed to you as needed.  

Contact Us


Counseling Interns:

Front Desk:


Counseling Office: (805) 577-1400 , Then press 2
Counseling Fax: (805) 520-6135 

Counselor Office Hours for Student Drop-In
Before School (7:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m.)
During Student Lunch
After School

If your counselor is unavailable when you drop in, please use the Chromebooks at the front desk to email your counselor, and we will do our best to connect with you as quickly as possible, either by email or by sending you a pass for an appointment.

Additional Counseling Programs & Support:


College & Career Center

CCC Counselor:  Mrs. Jennifer Gast (



School Psychologist: (for Special Education Services and Evaluation)
Jake Goodrich (


For detailed information regarding Special Education (IEP) and Section 504, please click here for the
SVUSD Office of Student Support Services website.  

Mrs. Laguercia

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Mrs. Wastell

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Mr. Schurer

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Dr. Dittmar

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