Frequently Asked Questions- FAQ
It is vital that Juanita Counselors use the time in their day to connect with and support their students. Please help us limit the amount of general questions and save valuable time by looking through these FAQ's and the rest of our website to see if your question can be answered.
- General Questions
- Social Emotional Questions
- Academic Questions
- Post High School Planning
- Registration and Scheduling
- Running Start
- What do counselors do?
- What is the scope of the Counseling Dept?
- What is meant by On Time Graduation advising?
- When is it appropriate to contact my students School Counselor?
- I took a high school level class and/or completed Wa. St History in middle school at another district, can I get that put on my JHS transcript?
- I submitted an appendix how do I know if it has been approved or processed?
- My Student is interested in moving to an Online School, what's next?
School Counselors wear many hats. They serve to help remove barriers for students to help support them academically.
Counselors work in the three domains of:
Post High School
School Counselors will deliver classroom lessons, individual counseling short term, provide small group counseling, responsive services, makes referrals to outside agencies and crisis interventions. They will also work with parents, teachers, and students to help make their year successful
Meeting immediate needs and concerns of students.
Support in crisis situations (self harm, suicidal or thoughts of harm)
Consultation and collaboration with staff, families, and specialists.
On Time Graduation
Overall Academic Wellness
Social & Emotional
Bereavement & Grief
Problem Solving Skills
Strengths and Resiliency
Post High School Exploration
Explore interests and skills
Awareness of college & career options
Development of life skills
The primary focus of the School Counselor is to help students be ready to learn. Focusing on academic development, personal/social development, career awareness and exploration.
Within our Scope:
Overall Academic Wellness
On Time Graduation
Post High School Options (big picture)
Basic Needs Support
Outside our scope:
Non Enrolled AP Courses or Testing
Study Abroad Programs
Modifying Grades or Transcripts
It is the focus of Juanita and LWSD that students graduate on time. Counseling advising on this looks like finding solutions to missing credits or requirements, plans for grade remediation and graduation pathway planning
Due to on time graduation being a priority of the school and district, capacity for the counselors to advise on outside programs, tests and/or course acceleration maybe limited or unavailable.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to support their students in being self advocates.
With that said contact your student's School Counselor with questions or concerns regarding issues that may be affecting your child’s overall school academic progress or ability to graduate on time.
Such topics could include family changes, social difficulties, or mental health problems.
If there is a concern with a specific grade or class, students and families are directed to contact the teacher directly.
Yes you can!
You will just need to contact the middle school you attended and have them send an official transcript to the JHS Counseling Office with note of what class/grade/requirement you are adding to your JHS transcript.
Alg 1 or above
Leveled World Language classes (ex: Spanish 1)
Washington State (or other state) History
After dropping off your completed appendix in the MAIN OFFICE, students will need to check the Portfolio tab in Skyward to see if the document has been uploaded there. Once you see it in the Portfolio it has been approved and you can start the next step in your process (if there is one).
Please note there is no notification process, and the approval process can take up to 3 weeks so please plan accordingly.
While this is a family decision we do not technically provide guidance on this choice. OSPI has put together a tool to help you find options.
Please note that students moving to online school still need to go through the withdraw process at JHS.
- What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
- How is a School Counselor different from a therapist?
- Are School Counselors available to assist students with grief or trauma?
- How can parents support SEL learning at home?
Social-emotional learning (SEL) refers to the process of developing and applying skills that help individuals understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. It encompasses five core components: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
School Counselors help students be ready for learning by providing short-term assistance with particular issues that may be roadblocks to their education.
This can include but not limited to:
Mental Health Concerns
Overall Life Stressors
Therapists treat mental health disorders on an ongoing, usually regularly scheduled basis.
School Counselors are concerned for students as individuals and for their preparedness to learn and be successful in the school setting. Grief and trauma are roadblocks to the brain’s readiness to learn. The School Counselor will work with students to process grief and provide community resources should the grief need further attention.
Helping your student with the following concepts:
Encouraging them to develop an understanding of their emotions in various situations, understanding their strengths and weaknesses and understanding the relation between thoughts and actions.
Model and encourage your student on how to navigate challenge and uncomfortability and the emotions that come with that. Reminding them it is ok to be uncomfortable and challenged, we are humans and no one is 100% perfect at everything.
Responsible Decision Making
Teaching your student and reinforcing the concept about cause and effect of their actions and decisions. Also helping them understand that consequences are apart of life and will happen when irresponsible decisions are made.
Helping your student understand how to interact with others through an empathic lense. Also modeling how to interact with others in a civil manner especially when there is conflict.
- What does it mean to be a good student?
- Can I take classes at another high school?
- I am having a hard time in a certain class what should I do?
- Can my JHS Counselor advise me self studying for an AP exam?
- I think I need outside tutoring help
- Can I retake a class?
- Can grades be taken off my transcript?
A good student pursues scholarship, actively participates in class, and maintains a positive, professional relationship with instructors and peers. Good students have a passion for learning that drives them to fully understand class material rather than just worry about what grades they receive in the course.
It’s important to remember that grades are not the only measure of success. We encourage students to focus on learning and understanding the concepts rather than just getting good grades. This will help them develop a deeper understanding of the subject.
While we understand that there might be desired classes offered at other schools, that are a multitude of reasons (different bell schedules, liability, class space, etc) that students are not allowed to travel to different high schools to attend classes.
If students are interested in other classes not offered at JHS, students are more than welcome to investigate if the Running Start Program or WANIC is right for them.
Additionally, while not always recommended students are more than welcome to see if the course is offered online and take it, in addition to their 7 period day and at the expense of the family. Please see our out of District Credit tab for more info.
While counselors are here to advise on academics, they MUST use their time to focus on On Time Graduation advisement and Social Emotional support.
If you are interested in electing to self study for an AP exam, this is all done independently and not something that counselors have the capacity to advise on.
Transcripts are legal documents that record all the grades earned by a student in all courses taken. It is not possible to remove grades from transcripts as it would be considered falsification of records.
With that said there is a time frame that high school credit earned in middle school can be removed with submission of the correct form. Please see district website or visit our Out of District/Online Credit Page for our Forms Library.
Additionally, students can always repeat a class to learn more of the material and replace their grade.
- Are counselors are in charge of scheduling?
- Can I change my schedule?
- Why did my year long class switch periods?
- What is a PPR?
- What is the High School and Beyond Plan?
- What are Graduation Pathways?
- Can I retake a class?
Counselors are here to monitor academic progress towards On Time Graduation.
It is actually students that are in charge of their schedules. By making good and educated choices when registering for classes.
Please note that courses selected during registration are requests and can't always be guaranteed
But there are Schedule Corrections if there is an On Time Graduation concern.
These concerns include:
Holes in schedules (empty periods)
Teacher changes at the semester for yearlong classes
Needing to add a missing on time graduation requirement.
These concerns DO NOT include:
Wanting to change teachers
Dropping a yearlong class
Wanting to change where classes fall in one's schedule
Swapping out a certain class for another
LWSD bases what is offered at schools based on what is requested in the Spring, meaning if a student didn't request that exact class there wouldn't be a spot made for them. Please note course requests are NOT guaranteed.
See page 9 of the Student Handbook
It is a common occurrence for year long classes to switch periods at the semester. This can be for various reasons that could include: Accomodate a semester long elective/class
Help balance out class sizes
The important thing to keep in mind is: As long as that year long class has the same teacher both semesters, your schedule is ok!
PPR = Personalized Pathway Requirements
Related courses that lead to a specific post-high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student's interests and High School and Beyond Plan, that may include Career & Technical Education, and are intended to provide a focus for the student's learning.
A plan that specifies how you will meet your graduation requirements and what you will do following high school.
There is a component of the HSBP that needs to be completed every year, from 8th – 12th grades.
We use Xello as a platform for students to create and revise their High School & Beyond Plans. You have access to Xello right now!
There are many options available. Students must meet at least one of these pathway options to graduate:
Pass the SBA in ELA & Math
Earn Dual Credit (example: passing college-level math and English classes in Running Start)
Earn a specific score on the SAT/ACT or on AP or Cambridge exams.
Meet standard on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
Complete a Career & Tech Education sequence of courses.
- I am not doing well in my current JHS classes. Is Running Start for me?
- If I don't like Running Start or am not doing well, can I come back to JHS mid year?
- Can I start Running Start at any quarter?
- Will my JHS Counselor help me register for my college classes?
- Can Parents communicate with the college?
- Can Cambridge students do Running Start?
- Is Running Start for me if I don't know what I may want to major in, or even go to college?
- What is the difference between being a Running Start student vs a normal high school student?
- I am a current 9th or 10th grader and I want to prepare to do Running Start. What should I do?
When students commit to being a Running Start student that means they are committing to being a college student. This means parents are not permitted to view your grades or communicate with the college.
Also the college system runs on quarters instead of semesters. This gives students a shorter timeline for course completion.
Students need to be self sufficient. Once you are doing Running Start you are seen as a college student.
To be eligible for FULL TIME Running Start starting 11th grade students should try to complete:
2 credits of the same world language
Please view the Presentation for more info