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Counseling Department


Ms. Boujaoude

Students A - D


Mrs. Achermann

Students E - L


Mrs. Heindel

Students M - R


Mrs. Owen

Students S - Z

Achermann, Leah (925) 687-2030 ex.3345 School Counselor
Boujaoude, Rima (925) 687-2030 ex.3349 School Counselor
Heindel, Becky (925) 687-2030 ex.3357 School Counselor
Owen, Leanne (925) 687-2030 ex.3365 School Counselor

Request an appointment with a counselor HERE

Meet Your Counselor

Follow the link below to see an informative video on how your counselor can support you at Concord High!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7NfLrZMgMc

 

Summer School 2018

For more information about summer school, please click HERE.

 

Counseling Services

We encourage students to come in to ask questions, seek information and get to know the counselors.  Please follow the processes outlined below to contact Concord High School counselors.

 

Why Contact an Academic Counselor?

  • Student guidance and social/emotional support
  • Academic monitoring
  • Scheduling Advice
  • Credit Remediation
  • Off Campus Alternative Education/Cyber High
  • Home & Hospital
  • Foster Youth Services
  • Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program
  • 4 year plans
  • Independent study and small necessary schools

Students

  • In order to ensure students are not marked absent or are missing class time, please do the following before meeting with your academic counselor:
    • Drop by the counseling office before school, during lunch or brunch, and after school (No appointments are necessary). This method works best for students who have questions or concerns that can be addressed quickly.
    • Make an appointment: Fill out a google form on the link below:
      Tinyurl.com/chscounselorrequest
    • For a matter that needs to be addressed immediately, a student is always welcome to drop by to see their counselor at any time. This is only for students who need instant attention. Please check in with your teacher before going to see your counselor if you will be missing instruction time, assignments, or tests/quizzes.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

  • If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s current grade, please contact the teacher through their information on the staff directory. You can also monitor their grades and attendance on HomeLink.
  • If you have a general counseling questions, would like to schedule an appointment or need further assistance please contact your designated school counselor.

CHS Counseling Department

The counseling offices are located in the main office. Counseling office hours are: 8:00am-3:00pm on regular school days.

 

 

Advice on Scheduling

When choosing which classes to take, make sure you are confident that you will be successful in the course, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This means that students will be able to earn As and Bs in their classes, and have time left for extracurricular activities.

Here are some key points to keep in mind when you are choosing classes for your schedule:

  • Review the course handbook, and read through the course descriptions to consider the level of difficulty.
  • Seek input from teachers who have taught the course and have valuable knowledge on the rigor of each particular course you are intending or inquiring to take.
  • Taking AP/Honors courses does not mean that you are guaranteed a good grade in the course. Make sure that you are prepared and ready to take a course that requires more time, effort and higher expectations.

Consider the following as you make your course selections:

  • We encourage students to choose an academic path where they will be successful.
  • Look at the student’s history in the particular subject. If a student has earned average or above average grades in standard courses, then it is best to assume that continuing in standard courses will set the student up for success.
  • If a student is earning A’s in all of his/her courses, without much effort or difficulty. It might be a good option to consider taking a AP/Honors courses. However, when choosing to take an AP/Honors course we encourage students to take courses they are interested in.
  • Students who are earning A’s in AP/Honors courses, but seem to be stressed, then it may be a good idea to reevaluate the course load when choosing courses for the following year.

                                             

                                               CHS Graduation Requirements Chart

 

Subject

Credits

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

English

40

English I

English II

English III

English IV

Math

30

Algebra I

Geometry

Algebra II

 

Science

20

Life Science

Physical Science

 

 

Physical Education

20

PE 9

PE Elective

 

 

Social Studies

30

 

World History

U.S. History

U.S. Gov’t/Econ

VAPA/World Language/CTE (10 credits from 2 out of 3)

20

 

 

 

 

Electives

60

 

 

 

 

Total

220

 

 

 

 

 

Students must earn at least 220 credits in order to graduate from CHS. Students earn five (5) credits for each course passed each semester, or 60 credits a year if a six-period day is taken.

Alternative Education

Horizons – Independent Study

  • Can receive up to 5 credits per semester per class even if a student enters in the middle of the semester (dependent of how much work they can complete)
  • Independent study grades will show up on transcript with the grade and how many credits they received (quarter grades will not show up on transcript – only semester grades)
  • Independent study will start offering Spanish 1 and 2, Bio, and earth science, along with most electives courses (does not offer some music classes or ceramics, for example)
  • Student needs to be independent, capable of working on their own, and able to get to and from the Pleasant Hill Education Center 

For more information, please follow this link:

https://hcis-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/

 

Home & Hospital

Home & Hospital is a temporary program designed to help maintain a student’s academic standing during a time of illness or other temporary disability.

 

For more information, please follow this link:

http://mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1397473247670

 

Necessary Small High Schools (NSHS) 

Necessary Small High Schools are small alternative educational programs serving approximately 54 students.  The NSHSs serve students who may not have been successful in a comprehensive high school setting.  Special Education students must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) designating a Necessary Small High School as the most appropriate educational placement.  The instructional team normally consists of an administrator, 2 teachers, a part-time resource specialist, a part-time counselor, a part-time student services coordinator, and part-time clerical support. 

Eligible students:

§  Are 16 to 18 years old, in 11th or 12th grade (except Crossroads, which serves pregnant or parenting teens in 9th through 12th grades).

§  May be deficient in credits.

§  May be lacking in social skills.

§  Have the potential to master grade-level standards.

§  Need more basic academic courses rather than a variety of electives and lab courses.

§  Find success in a smaller setting.

Students who attend a Necessary Small High School are not eligible to participate in California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sports.

To learn more about the different small necessary schools in the district and requirements to graduate please follow this link:

http://www.mdusd.org/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1407684054770

 

Olympic Continuation High School:

Olympic is a slightly larger continuation school, serving approximately 400 students and is another option for students who are not on track to graduate. What Olympic has to offer:

  • smaller class sizes
  • “first step” Orientation class
  • Self-paced learning, counseling services
  • Flexibility
  • six week grading periods
  • Career transitions program.

To learn more about Olympic Continuation High School Please visit the website here:

 

https://ohs-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/

 

On Campus Credit Remediation

Students may retake one semester or the entire year of a course in which they earned a D or F at Concord High School ONLY if there is room in the Master Schedule

 

Cyber High

What it is

  • Computer-based course remediation program
  • Self-paced within each semester
  • Designed for students who work well independently
  • Courses may be retaken in order to meet graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, or both; NOT for original credit.

Classes offered with a-g approval

  • English I, English II, English III
  • World History
  • U.S. History
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2

Classes offered for GRADUATION ONLY (NOT a-g approved)

  • Biology
  • Environmental Science A & B (Environmental Science)
  • Physical Science (General Physical Science)
  • Consumer Education

Courses that can be taken to make-up elective credits

  • Ethnic Studies
  • Sociology
  • Career Exploration (Career Transition)
  • Health Education (Healthy Living)
  • Learning in the Information Age A & B
  • Economic Decision Making (Modern Living I)

When

  • Cyber High is offered during 0 and 6th period during the regular school day
  • Students are enrolled at the beginning of first or second semester

How it works

  • Students are supervised by a certified Concord High teacher
  • Enrolled students are held to strict attendance and behavior standards
  • At least 60 hours are required to make up 5 credits
  • Enrolled students must attend Cyber High everyday
  • Students are expected to finish 5 credits per semester. Students who do not finish by the semester deadline may be dropped from the course
  • Once students finish coursework and quizzes, there is a unit test form each chapter (exams are to be approved and scheduled with the Cyber High teacher)
  • Only a limited number of students may participate, so enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to seniors
  • The composite score of the five unit tests are combined to make the final grade
  • We strongly encourage students to speak with their Cyber High teacher for any questions, concerns or clarifications

Off Campus Credit Remediation

For graduation credit only

Loma Vista Night School

  • Only available to current seniors
  • Loma Vista Night School is held after school, typically two nights a week from 3:45 – 6 p.m., and sometimes from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. as well.
  • Classes may be dropped for insufficient enrollment

 

Loma Vista Summer School

  • Offered only for juniors going into senior year
  • Classes are held from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. for three weeks to equal one semester
  • The following classes are typically offered each summer:  English 1, 2, 3, and 4; World History; U.S. History; Earth Science; Algebra I; Geometry

How to Apply Any students who are interested in Night School or Summer School please see your designated counselor first. The application is available in your counselor’s office.

 

Community College

  • Students may take an equivalent course at DVC or another California community college.
  • The course may be added to the student’s Concord High transcript only with prior written approval on the appropriate Concurrent Enrollment form.

 

Other Online, Approved Schools/Providers

  • Students may retake the course through online schools or through other college-approved means (examples:  Tilden Prep Academy, APEX, etc.).
  • The course may be added to the student’s Concord High School transcript only with prior written approval on the appropriate Concurrent Enrollment form.

 

Naviance

What is Naviance?

Students:  Welcome to your Family Connection/Naviance, your online locker with loads of features to help you make decisions about your career and/or college.  This is a sample of the available features:

  • Assessments including personality type and the learning style
  • Research colleges
  • 4-year course planner
  • Look up colleges alphabetically
  • Financial aid for college
  • Scholarships
  • Resume building template

How to log in

Please go to https://www.naviance.com/ and follow the instructions listed below.

User name = Google username/Network ID (i.e.93josmi01@mdusd.net)

Password = Google password (First name initial, last name initial + Student ID, i.e. js1234567)

Trouble logging in?  Come to the College & Career Center

 

4 year Plans:

These plans will be developed on Naviance with consideration of high school graduation requirements and requirements for four year college-bound students. Parents are encouraged to provide informed suggestions and encouragement for their student.