Counseling Services

What We Do

The Advising Department provides support to students in recognizing their aptitudes and developing unique abilities as they relate to college and career paths.

How We Work

Our team works to monitor individual academic progress, offers guidance during the college application process, and provides standardized testing opportunities. We assist students in finding and ultimately enrolling in a college that best fits their interests, talents, and life goals.

In addition to academic support, we also provide social and emotional support to students as this is a time of immense personal growth in the lives of our students. Additional programs include Freshman & Transfer Orientation, Junior and Senior College Nights, Financial Aid Information and College Representative visits.

Parents are encouraged to discuss with the Advising team any issues or concerns they may have regarding the academic, personal, emotional or spiritual development of their student.

Therapeutic Counseling

Through our partner, “Seeds of Awareness”, we offer comprehensive support programs to bring emotional learning and psychological support to all of the students and families in our school community.  Our counselor can provide crucial interventions by assessing students for various social-emotional risk factors and teaching essential skills to help them thrive.  Our intention is to enrich the school culture by cultivating emotional awareness and intelligence, thereby creating a community of empathy and compassion.

UC and CSU Applications

The deadline for CSU and UC applications is Saturday, November 30th.  If you have any questions, please email or make an appointment at the front office with Mrs. Paun.  Please note that these schools should also be added to your Naviance Student account.

To apply to the University of California system, please click here.

To apply to the CSU system, please click here.

Naviance & The Common Application

Make sure you have accessed your account on Naviance Student.  All students are required to use Naviance Student in order to request and send your transcripts and letters of recommendation to colleges.  You can log in here.  If you are using the Common Application, be sure to link it to your Naviance account.  This is required.  Information on how to get started on the Common App can be found here.

PEF Scholarships

The Petaluma Educational Foundation manages 66 scholarships for donors who provide the Foundation with clear criteria for selecting recipients.  In 2019, they awarded $219,150 to seniors graduating from all seven Petaluma area high schools, bringing the total to $3,576,394 awarded since the program’s inception in 1990.  The PEF Scholarship program provides financial awards acknowledging a variety of student accomplishments. Scholarships are given to those attending 4-year colleges, community colleges, and vocational programs.  To apply, please click here.

Our new online scholarship application portal opens December 1st with applications due January 22nd.  The PEF Scholarship Awards Reception takes place in the Spring.  

Counseling

Juniors & Seniors

Joanna Paun
Dean of University and Academic Guidance
(707) 763-1032 ext. 141
jpaun@svhs-pet.org

Freshmen & Sophomores

Richard Lemos
Associate Director of University and Academic Guidance/Resource Specialist

(707) 763-1032 ext. 193
rlemos@svhs-pet.org

Seeds of Awareness

Spencer DeWoody
Onsite Counselor

sdewoody@svhs-pet.org