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Our Counseling Team is built to both guide students through school toward their academic goals, and to provide mental and emotional support and guidance to anyone in need.


Office is currently staffed with an assistant principal, four counselors, a counseling secretary, and a registrar. The office provides a wide range of services throughout the year, including registration, academic advisement, college, career, personal counseling, record maintenance, testing, and more.

Need anything? Contact us today:

Need a Letter of Recommendation? Email your Counselor!

Need Enrollment information? Click on the button below. Or visit the "Register" page under "Enroll" on our website. 

Not sure where to start with College Planning?

Need help? See our Student Supports.

Dates and Deadlines 2023-2024

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Requesting Official Transcript: Past Students download this form & return by email, mail or in person.

 Current Students email
Jacqui Adler 

Work Permits: 
Please find work permit applications in the counseling or main office. Once complete, return to Rachel Martinez-Steele located in the main office. 


Incoming 9th Grade Parent Information 

Learn about our graduation and A-G  requirements, course selections, and more!

Student Supports

SCHS Student Tips & Tricks

  • We have assembled this collection of resources designed to help nurture students' academic success. Our hope is that it helps them to develop work habits and study skills that extend beyond any one course. Please take a moment with your child to read through the directions and watch some of the relevant videos produced by our staff. This year, more than ever, schools and families must collaborate to support students, and our hope is that this resource supports that collaboration. Whether your child is struggling with time management or test-taking strategies, we hope they will find something of value here.

  • Click here to access the document.

Cardinal Peer Tutors

  • Students can join the Virtual Library & Tutoring Center Monday-Friday during lunch, 4th period and after school. Help is available in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English, Physics, Math and Spanish.

  • Click here for more information

Consejos y Trucos para Estudiantes

  • Hemos reunido esta colección de recursos diseñados para ayudar a fomentar el éxito académico de los estudiantes. Nuestra esperanza es que les ayude a desarrollar hábitos de trabajo y habilidades de estudio que se extiendan más allá de cualquier curso. Tómese un momento con su hijo para leer las instrucciones y ver algunos de los videos relevantes producidos por nuestro personal. Este año, más que nunca, las escuelas y las familias deben colaborar para apoyar a los estudiantes, y esperamos que este recurso apoye esa colaboración. Ya sea que su hijo esté luchando con la administración del tiempo o las estrategias para tomar exámenes, esperamos que encuentre algo de valor aquí.

  • Haga clic aquí para ver el documento.

Tutores Compañeros

  • Los estudiantes pueden unirse a la Biblioteca Virtual y Centro de Tutoría de lunes a viernes durante el almuerzo, cuarto período y después de clases. Hay ayuda disponible en las siguientes materias: Biología, Química, Inglés, Física, Matemáticas y Español.

  • Haga clic aquí para más información

Thriving Youth & Community Project

  • Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Inc. (PVPSA) is offering an online space for students to learn more about Santa Cruz County Thriving Youth & Community Project. Drop-ins are open to SCCS High School Students.

  • Meetings are held every Monday from 2-3pm from May 3rd - May 24th.

  • Click here for more information

Mental Health

At Santa Cruz High, we believe mental and emotional health is a critical element of personal development and student success. We provide a dedicated & licensed Social Emotional Counselor, as well as a team of social workers and interns who collaborate year-round to provide individual counseling, group activities and school-wide events to promote student access to mental health support.

Our Social Emotional Counselor is here to support students’ mental health in order to help them thrive at school. High school can be an especially challenging time for youth as they are taking on more responsibilities and planning for their future lives. We are here to support students in managing the stress that can come with caring for their personal, social, and academic needs.


Students and parents/guardians can either contact their assigned Academic Counselor or our Social Emotional Counselor to make a referral. Students are also always welcome to drop-in as they need during the school day to meet with our Social Emotional Counselor.

Our Social Emotional Counselor is able to provide the following services based on the needs of students and families:

  • Short-Term Counseling

  • Drop-In Support for Students

  • Consultation for Parents and Guardians

  • Referrals to Community Mental Health Providers

Work Permits
Mental Health
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