Speaking from experience: The counseling system
MVHS and LHS students and counselors talk about their perspectives on the guidance system
With high school being a stressful time for numerous students academically, socially and emotionally, counselors can become another trusted adult for students to receive help with the various topics occurring in their life. This includes counselors helping students with course selection for the following year, preparing for college and even giving general life advice. With MVHS and Lynbrook HS in the same FUHSD district, there are similarities and differences with how counselors at each school approach and run their respective systems.
The four MVHS counselors, Monique Balentine, Jessica Coscia, Sylvia Lam and Clay Stiver support over 2,000 students. The students can reach out to the counselors through email or drop in for appointments by filling out request forms found on the MVHS website. This differs from LHS’ three assigned guidance counselors, Nikki Dang, Shana Howden and Malissa Goldstein, who help over 1,000 students. Students at LHS can visit their counselors during breaks throughout the day or after school without an appointment, or they can fill out an online request form.
Watch the video below to see what students think about the counseling system at their respective school and their personal experiences. In addition, watch to hear about counselors’ views on students’ opinions and ways they try to improve the system as a whole.