Counseling Office Home
The Santa Barbara High School counseling office is home to six counselors who work closely with students to prepare them for the college or career that best matches their interests and strengths. 

Please see the list below for new caseloads for 2011-2012:

Santa Barbara High School

Counseling Department




Ruben Gil

9th grade Counselor


Emily Ritchey, Head Counselor

Counselor, A-E


Martha Acevedo

Counselor, F-L


Carlos Williams

Counselor, M-Re


Susan Snyder

Counselor, Ri-Z


Marcy Porter

Counselor, MAD Academy


Juan Gallardo



Sarinna Rodenas




*** Spring Scheduling:

Counselors recently visited 9-11th grade classrooms to share information regarding scheduling for Fall 2012. Be sure to ask your student about their plans for next year! We reviewed graduation requirements, college admission requirements, and all students received a copy of their transcript and a planning worksheet to review their personal status.
During the week of March 5th, counselors will again visit current 9-11th grade classes and take them to the computer lab to select courses for 2012-2013. We will be using Naviance, an online tool, to select classes for next year. Students are encouraged to come prepared with their course selections as well as alternates for their electives in the event that their first choice is not able to fit their schedule. Students will have until March 23rd to edit their course selections. After this date, course selections close so that counselors and administrators can build our schedule for the upcoming year.
Your students will receive a copy of their course selections in May and a final schedule for Fall, 2012 during Dons Derby in August, 2012.

The Junior High visits are as follows:

March 6th: Marymount, 2:30pm, (Check with Marymount for Location)

March 12th: Crane Country Day School, 2:00pm, Library

March 14th: Notre Dame, afternoon (Check with Notre Dame for Location and Time)

March 12th: La Cumbre Scheduling

March 14th: La Cumbre Course Request Pick Up


March 13th: La Colina Scheduling

March 15th: La Colina Course Request Pick Up

March 16th: Santa Barbara Junior High Scheduling, all day


** New! This year!

Junior High Parent Scheduling Information Meetings

View our class presentation, meet the counselors, and ask any questions you may have regarding High School scheduling.

Monday, March 19th, 6-7pm, SBHS Cafeteria

Wednesday, March 21st, 4-5pm, SBHS Classroom (check-in at Counseling)

Tuesday, April 3rd, 4-5pm (check-in at Counseling)

*** Seniors Planning to attend SBCC in the Fall:
On January 10th, SBCC held an assembly at SBHS regarding the application procedure, financial aid, assessments, orientation and advising. If you missed the assembly, please see your counselor important information regarding dates and deadlines! You can also get a copy of the Senior Enrollment Guide for SBCC in the Counseling office. SBCC representatives are in the SBHS Counseling office on the first Tuesday of every month if you have any additional questions or want to learn more about programs that they offer. Don't be shy about signing up for an appointment with them!

** Upcoming SBCC Events:

SBCC Application Workshop: February 22nd, 12:30 - 3:30 in the SBHS Library Computer Lab.

SBCC Orientation, April 20th. Mark your calendars! Field trip permission slips will be available the week of March 12th. You must complete your application and assessment testing in order to complete orientation.

SBCC Advising: Online, at SBCC, or at SBHS in May (limited number of seats available. More information to come).

*** NEW District Course Catalog - Available Online!
The district’s new High School Information Handbook and Course Catalog 2012-13 is posted on the web:  The information in the handbook applies to the district’s three traditional high schools: Santa Barbara, Dos Pueblos, and San Marcos high schools.
The handbook provides information for parents and students. Parents can find information about school policies, rights and procedures. Students can find important information about graduation requirements, planning for college, course descriptions, and much more.

*** Naviance/Family Connection is an online resource for students who are looking for college information. It has customized student information as well as an Advanced College Search function.  We also use Naviance for student elective course requests every Spring.
Every student can log in with their 6-digit ID number and 6-digit birth date. Check it out today! If you have difficulty logging in, please see your counselor.

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