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Counselors' Corner

Counselor vs Academic Advisor

What's the Difference?

Some students and parents are not quite sure who they need to see, for what.

These lists are an overview of the main roles & responsibilities of each group: 

Academic Advisors:

  • Class Scheduling / Course Selection

  • HS Graduation / A-G Requirements

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • SAT/ACT Testing

  • College Information & Financial Aid

  • Transcripts / 4-Year Plans

  • Credit Recovery / Summer School

School Counselors:

  • Academic Counseling

  • Personal & Social-Emotional Counseling

  • College & Career Counseling

  • Suicide Prevention & Training

  • Crisis Counseling / Risk Assessments

  • Student Success Team (SST) Meeting Coordinators

  • Conflict Mediation

  • 504 Site Coordinators

  • Student Welfare Checks / Attendance Monitoring

  • Academic Intervention Planning / Accommodations

meet your counselors

           Jaime Runyan, M.A., P.P.S.            Tiffany Le, M.S., P.P.S.

mrs. jaime runyan            Ms. Tiffany Le


CUSD School Counselors
CUSD Counseling Vision Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent, and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.


The Role of the High School Counselor

Counselor s Role  PDF

High school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills who understand and promote success for today's diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period.

Read "The Essential Role of High School Counselors by ASCA (American School Counselor Association) (PDF)


Contacting a Counselor 

Confidential Student Request to See Counselor 

Confidential Parent Counseling Referral

Confidential Staff Counseling Referral

Please Note: 

These referral forms are not monitored after 3:30 pm on Monday through Friday or on weekends, holidays, or non-student days. 

If this is an EMERGENCY and you do not have immediate access to a counselor, please speak to a trusted adult ASAP, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.    


Say Something Campaign

Say Something Anonymous Reporting System allows you to submit secure & anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others.

Call 1-844-5-SAYNOW

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