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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.


All students from Davis Joint Unified School District are valued, accountable and productive members of society. They are adaptable lifelong learners who pursue educational and career goals with passion and excitement. Through involvement in the DJUSD comprehensive school counseling program, our students are empowered to be resilient and to master academic, social/emotional and career related skills necessary to negotiate the obstacles and challenges of life. They are able to utilize these skills to reach personal success and fulfillment. Our students are contributing and inclusive community members and advocates. Striving for healthy connections with others, they have meaningful relationships and feel a sense of belonging. They treat others with kindness, care and respect. They have fun and enjoy life.

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.

Elementary School Counseling Staffing

The DJUSD Board of Education approved a full-time counselor for each elementary school.  Prior to 2018, counseling time ranged from half-time to full-time. For some sites, this doubled the time a counselor is currently able to provide support.

With a full-time counselor in place, our elementary schools offer a more comprehensive social-emotional curriculum and counseling staff will be afforded the opportunity to create multi-tiered systems of support, targeting our students who are most likely to thrive and benefit from small and more intensive interventions and structures.  Guidance provided by elementary counselors supports each component of the DJUSD Graduate Profile. 

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 strives to produce high-achieving learners who graduate high school, are career-ready, and well-prepared to meet the challenges and high expectations of a post-secondary education in a diverse and changing world. All students participate in quality opportunities for self-directed personal growth supported by the comprehensive School Counseling Program. The School Counseling Program facilitates strategic partnerships between the school, family, and community to develop successful, life-long learners and productive citizens.

The 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.

Secondary schools offer robust School Counseling Programs that provide a wide range of services and supports to promote student success. For specific information about school counseling programs, please visit your child's secondary school website. 

Academic Counseling

Part of the role of all secondary school counselors is to provide students with critical supports towards school success. School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges facing today's student population. School counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total education program. The American School Counselor Association National Standards in the academic, career, and personal/social domains are the foundation for this work.


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