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CVHS Counseling Department Vision:

All students from CVHS have graduated college and career ready and are fully engaged in lifelong learning. They actively seek challenging and meaningful experiences that expand their worldview, possess the skills, abilities, and beliefs to achieve their fullest potential, and operate as productive citizens in a diverse global society.



CVHS Counseling Department Mission:

The School Counseling staff at CVHS empowers all students to achieve their highest educational and personal potential, prepared to meet their college and career goals in a rapidly changing world, in a safe and respectful learning environment. The school counseling staff collaborates with students, parents, and staff to deliver a comprehensive, data driven program that helps all students regardless of their background or individual circumstance, to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for academic success, career exploration, and social and emotional development. The school counseling staff partners with educators and key stakeholders to advocate for equity, access, and success for all, through a multi-tiered system of support.

Awareness Month:

September 2017

Suicide Prevention Month



Counselor's Corner


Reasons to See a School Counselor 


  • Academic Concerns
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Family Problems
  • Relationship Issues
  • Concern for a Friend/Peer
  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Self Harm
  • Drug/Alcohol Problems
  • Career Assistance/Guidance


Darwin Vega (A-K)


Hello, my name is Darwin Vega! I graduated from Cal State Long Beach where I earned my masters degree and credential in counseling. While in graduate school, I worked at LAUSD as a college advisor, and later as an English Language Development Aid for the OC Department of Education. Prior to that, I attended UC Santa Barbara where I studied sociology, psychology, and worked as an academic advisor for students (Go Gauchos!). 


I am from Santa Barbara California. When I am not at work, I enjoy going to the beach, walking my dog, and playing with my baby girl Gigi. My goal as a counselor is to help raise student achievement in academic, college/career and personal/social areas. I look forward to meeting with you (Go Cougars!).


Contact Information:


Phone:  (949) 364-6100 ext: 12023


Kathy Pelzer (L-Z)


Hi.  My name is Kathy Pelzer and I feel honored to serve as a school counselor at CVHS.  I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, and  completed Master's Degrees at Claremont Graduate School and Phillips Graduate Institute and completed my School Counseling Program at Azusa Pacific University.  Prior to becoming a School Counselor, I taught Middle School for 9 years and have practiced as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both outpatient and inpatient non-profit mental health organizations and hospitals.  I served as the President of the California Association of School Counselors and have been working as a school counselor for over 22 years.

I am from Southern California and currently live in Dana Point.  When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my family and 2 children, hiking, going to the beach and traveling.  My goal is to assist all students at CVHS in the areas of social/emotional and academic development, as well as assist students to be college and career ready.   


Contact Information:


Phone:  (949) 364-6100 ext: 12022

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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