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Counseling Hours

Monday–Friday

7am–3pm

Secretary
Contact Carla Williams-beard  Carla Williams-beard (505) 843-6400 ex: 20205 Counselor's Secretary
Counselors
Contact Michael Ortiz  Michael Ortiz (505) 843-6400 ex: 20208 Crossroads Counselor
Contact Samantha Thompson  Samantha Thompson (505) 843-6400 ex: 20441 Counselor (Last Names NH-Z)
Contact Barbara Timm  Barbara Timm (505) 843-6400 ex: 20344 Counselor (Last Names A-D & ME-NG) Wellness Committee & Avid
Contact Josie Walton  Josie Walton (505) 843-6400 ex: 20207 Head Counselor (Last Names E-MD) Department Chair & Wellness Committee
Office Hours
Michael Ortiz 7:30am-2:30pm
Meghan Theiss 7:45am-2:45pm
Samantha Thompson 7:45am-2:45pm
Barbara Timm 7:30am-2:30pm
Josie Walton 7:25am-2:25pm

Counseling

The Albuquerque High School Counseling Department is responsible for supporting the academic, personal, social, college and career needs of all students. Information that you share with a counselor is by law confidential and your trust is always a priority.

Conversations and information disclosed during sessions will not be shared with others. However, your safety and well-being are of great concern and if for any reason you indicate a desire to hurt yourself, to hurt others, or if you are in danger of, or are currently being hurt by someone (including neglect), your counselors are required to share that information with someone who can help protect you in dealing with those issues.


Counseling Services that are offered at Albuquerque High School include, but are not limited to, providing:

Services Provided

 

Academic Support

  • Individual student planning (4-year)
  • Transcript reviews and graduation credit checks
  • Pre-Registration & Registration
  • Standardized Test score review & advisement (SAT, ACT, SBA)
  • College Application Process (Letters of Rec.)
  • Goal-setting & career planning
  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • Credit recovery recommendations and registration (i.e. summer school, night school, & online classes)

 

Personal and Social Support

 

  • Individual counseling
  • Crisis response services
  • Peer facilitation/mediation
  • Consultation, collaboration, and referrals with community agencies
  • Coping strategies and problem-solving
  • Classroom guidance lessons (*Depending on needs of students)

 

 

College and Career Readiness

  • Financial Aid guidance (i.e. FAFSA & scholarships)
  • Assistance with college application process
  • College Events
  • Financial Aid Nights
  • FAFSA Completion Workshops
  • College Fair
  • Senior Night
  • College Visits
  • College Entrance Exam (i.e. registration, preparation, & promotion)
  • Dual Enrollment support
  • College searches
  • Guidance curriculum lessons
  • Work Permits
  • Internship and volunteer opportunities
  • Exam information (ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, AP),
  • College & career exploration
  • Scholarships
Mission

The mission of the Albuquerque High School counseling program is to support all students through a comprehensive and developmental approach by addressing academic, college/career and personal/social skills necessary to achieve quality learning and lifelong success.

Vision

Students graduate from Albuquerque High School as responsible and successful 21st Century Citizens.

Philosophy

The Albuquerque High School Counseling Program believes…

  • All students have dignity, worth, the capacity to learn and have the right to be served by a comprehensive school counseling program which provides academic, college/career, personal and social support.
  • All students’ ethnic, cultural differences and special needs are considered in planning and implementing the school-wide program.
  • There is a collaborative effort among the school counselors, administration, and teachers to coordinate with parents and the community.
  • Data will be used in assessing the needs and the effectiveness of the school counseling program and will drive future program development and evaluation.
  • School counselors adhere to ethical standards and regularly participate in professional development activities and abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by American School Counselor Association.