Personality Profile, Interest Inventory, Career Choices, College Search
9th – 12th Grade
Welcome to the counseling office website
at Ponderosa High School. Counselors assist students and parents
in making appropriate
decisions relative to educational and vocational objectives, school
programs, and relationships with teachers, administrators, and other
pupils. There are four counselors at Ponderosa serving approximately
Counselors work with students to
develop competencies in the areas of educational, personal, and
vocational development. Through individual counseling and group
presentations counselors help students select appropriate courses, plan
for post-secondary education or training required to reach their career
goal, and can assist students personal growth during a student's high
All students are connected to a comprehensive
system of support services, activities and opportunities at Ponderosa
or within the community that can help them to achieve their goals.
We are available for appointments at your convenience. We hope that you find our website informational and easy to use.
A: Parent/Student must contact registrar, Ms. Driscoll @ ext 2226 with a new address. Ms. Driscoll must verify that the student is still within the Ponderosa boundaries.
Q: How do I know who my student's counselor is and how do I talk to them?
A: Under the Counseling Staff tab, our counselors are divided by the student's first letter of their last name. There are also links to their email in order to contact them. The quickest way to communicate with your student's counselor is by email. In order to make an appointment with a counselor, please contact the counseling secretary Ms. Smith either by email or using ext. 2225. It is very difficult to have a walk-in appointment with a counselor, so please be sure to contact the secretary first or email your student's counselor.
Q: My student wants to change their schedule. How can they do that?
A: There is a window of time when school begins and Spring semester begins where students have an opportunity to REQUEST a schedule change. Forms will be available in the counseling office to fill out, obtain teacher AND parent signatures, turn in, and then wait for a response from the counselor. Counselors will not accept emails and/or voicemail requests & appointments for schedule changes will NOT be made. Please be patient with the process and counselors will communicate with the student as soon as they can.
Q: What is the protocol for dropping a class?
A: Counselors discourage students from dropping any class. Students should speak with their teacher and their counselor before making that final decision The deadline for dropping a class is 4 weeks from the start of the semester (both fall and spring). The dropped class will not show up on a student's transcript. If the student needs to replace the class they want to drop, they must consult with their counselor and receive teacher permission If a student wants to drop a class after the 4 week deadline, the class will show up on their transcript with either an NC (no credit) or F mark. This decision is up to the teacher. The drop form is available once a student has met with the counselor.
Way to submit a work permit request:
Note: All three sections on pg. 2 of your work permit (minor’s information, parent signature, and employer information) must be complete before submitting your work permit.