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School Counseling

Meet the School Counselors

Last Names A-D – Ms. Ashenfelder

Last Names E-K – Ms. Shook

Last Names L-Re – Ms. Patterson

Last Names Rf-Z – Ms. Sterling

School Counselors are located in the Academic Building with open office hours during lunch

Questions about district calendar, grading scale, when/how to view schedules, graduation requirements, schoology, supply lists, lockers, student ID’s, health clinic info, orientation, school messenger, lunch, textbooks, clubs/sports, parking, dress code, attendance/early checkout procedures, make up work policies, school visitor info, SAC, PTSO & Boosters, senior class info, ACT/SAT test dates, and/or bell schedule – Click HERE for packet of helpful information for our new and returning families.

The Beachside High School Counseling program provides school counseling services for all students in the areas of personal and social awareness, career development, and academic excellence.  We strive to ensure all students are successful during and after high school.  We work with every student to support their right for equal access to post-secondary options, including college, vocational training, and military enlistment.

Mission Statement 

Our mission is to provide educational guidance and to advocate for every student, every day.

Vision Statement

Every student at Beachside High School is inspired and prepared for success in college or a career, and life.

About School Counselors

School counselors specialize in academic, career, and personal/social development of students.  Services we provide include:

  • Individual academic counseling
  • Group instruction
  • Student, parent, and teacher consultation
  • ELL support
  • Responsive services for crisis intervention
  • Information about graduation and grade promotion
  • Information about post-secondary opportunities
  • Referrals to outside resources for families and students
Stay in the Loop!

Sign up for Remind text message updates by texting @beachside1 to the number 81010

Join the School Counseling for Beachside High School schoology group using access code:  8G4M-J5H5-5RZSD

Link to Schoology Help (creating parent account, parent help guide, parent FAQ, etc) –

Teacher Conferences

For teacher conferences that involve just one teacher, please contact that teacher directly through email to set up a time that is convenient for both of you.

For conferences that involve more than one teacher, please email your child’s school counselor. It is recommended that you contact your child’s teacher directly through email before scheduling a conference. Many questions and concerns can be resolved very easily through communication and don’t require a conference.

Per SJCSD policy, all visitors must complete a School Access Form before they will be allowed access to the BHS campus.  This is for all activities including teacher meetings, school events during the day, and volunteering before, during, or after school.  Visitors or volunteers who have not been approved through the school access procedure will not be allowed past the front desk, no exceptions.  School access expires after 3 years, so please apply again if it’s been longer than three years.  For more information and to apply for school access go to

Tutoring at BHS

Math Tutoring

NHS Peer Tutoring

Student Support Services

Ms. Davis – Administrative Assistant

Mr. Burkert – Registrar

Mr. Bedi – Testing Coordinator

Ms. Higgins – Instructional Literacy Coach

Ms. Lechtrecker – Computer Operator

Ms. Stone –Academy Coordinator

Ms. Altick – Assistant Principal for Curriculum & Instruction

Mr. Sirak – Assistant Principal

Mr. Swope – Assistant Principal