Lower High School Counseling
Hello and welcome to the Lower High School Guidance Office of Academia Los Pinares!
Our vision is to provide an environment of individualized support which forms leaders with Christian faith, character and intellectual maturity to serve Christ and the society, encouraging and strengthening each student’s ability to make positive choices in his/her life, both from an academic as well as a biblical perspective.
The Lower High School Counselor is a personal resource for self-understanding and healthy development, promoting balance and resiliency as students move through pre-adolescence and adolescence. Our office supports students academically, emotionally, behaviorally, and socially. The program reinforces executive functioning skills, promotes pro-social behaviors, and fosters character development by working with teachers, the SPEED program, the Dean and parents to achieve our school vision.
At your service,
Jonathan Daniel Sierra
High School Counselor
Upper High School Counseling
In the counseling department, we serve students as they navigate their way through high school and in support of the school’s mission and vision. We offer a wide range of services in the areas of academics, social/emotional support, and college/career planning with a focus on developing the whole student and an emphasis on addressing each student’s spiritual life. Of course, this also means working closely with parents and staff to make these six years a success.
First, let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Miss Sarah Johnson, and this is my ninth year at ALP. I have a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Math Education and a master’s degree in School Counseling. I am passionate about helping students discover who God has created them to be (their talents, gifts, abilities, personalities, and interests) and how they can use those strengths to glorify God through their vocation. I enjoy supporting and encouraging students through their struggles and helping them reach positive solutions. I am so blessed by the relationships I am able to have with students and their parents year after year. I also enjoy getting to interact with students outside of school and seeing them participate in activities they love such as sports, Knowledge Bowl, community service, and musical performances. I love keeping in touch with former students to see how God is continuing to shape them and the impact they are making on the people and the world around them.
As the upper high school counselor, I mostly focus on the college and career planning aspect of a student’s education, typically with 11th and 12th grade students. Some of the services I provide include the following:
- Coordinate and schedule college visits to ALP
- Assist with signing up for testing (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, etc.)
- Conduct parent meetings (large group and individual meetings)
- Meet with each senior to make a plan and then as requested throughout the year
- Help students narrow down their college list
- Assist with applications, as necessary; final check for each application before submission
- Proofread college essays
- Write recommendations for students
- Send transcripts to colleges
- Advocate with college representatives on behalf of students
- Assist with scholarship applications
- Advise on filling out financial documents
- Assist with visa process, as necessary
- Develop professionally through webinars and college fly-in programs
Please do not hesitate to email me with your concerns or call the high school office to set up a meeting with me. I am proficient in Spanish and always trying to improve, so do not be afraid of a language barrier. I look forward to working with you this year!
Sarah K. Johnson
High School Counselor