Counseling Department


    Welcome to the Terra Nova Guidance Department!


    We are available to help you and your student successfully navigate high school and prepare for life beyond Terra Nova. We are currently accepting appointments and we encourage student walk-in’s before school, during brunch/lunch, and after school. If you would like to request a parent meeting, please contact your student’s counselor directly to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to connect with your student’s counselor, please schedule an appointment through the Counseling Aide. Our offices are located in the Main Building closest to the Library entrance.


    Omar Alvarez, M.A., PPS
    Last Names A-F and Q-Se

    Aliah Singh, M.A., PPS
    Last Names G-P

    Patty Holahan, M.A., PPS
    Last Names Sh-Z

    Cielo Calpotura, M.A., PPS, PCCI
    Wellness Counselor
    Ext. 7678


    Ananda Shives
    Ext. 7680


    Lory Morrow

    Counseling Aide
    Ext. 7689


    Chelsea Johnson
    College and Career Advisor
    Ext. 7604

    Room 209


    Counseling Services

    Terra Nova counselors provide a comprehensive guidance and counseling program that supports the academic, career, and persona/social needs of all students. Counselors are focused on improving student achievement, ensuring equal access, enhancing the educational experience of our students, and preparing them for a successful life beyond high school. Additionally, our Wellness Counselor supports the emotional and social needs of students, families, and the school community.


    Academic Planning

    Counselors work with students, individually and in groups, to create four-year plans based on the student’s postsecondary goals. During freshman year, students create a plan based on JUHSD graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, and advanced programs. Each subsequent year, counselors work with students to update the plan based on student progress, incorporating prospective careers and college majors based on career interest inventories.



    Naviance: Family Connection

    Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to postsecondary goals. Its comprehensive college and career planning solutions optimize student success. Every student and parent/guardian is provided a Naviance username and password to use in support of their college and career planning.


    College and Career Center

    The College and Career Center is located in Room 209 on campus. It is an information resource center that provides students with the following information: college brochures and catalogs, interest/personality assessments, scholarship information, scholarship applications and search programs, job opportunities, work permits, and trade school brochures and catalogs.


    Outreach Events

    Several times a year, counselors host grade-level information nights and financial aid workshops for parents and students. Additionally, counselors offer assistance to all seniors during the college application process. Counselors will provide multiple college application workshops in September and October.

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    Additional Resources

    24/7 Youth Crisis Hotline 650-579-0353
    24/7 All Ages Crisis Hotline: 650-579-0350
    Hotlines are operated by trained adult volunteers who offer emotional support, assistance, and resources to anyone in need


    Daly City Youth Health Center

    2778 Junipero Serra Blvd.

    Daly City, CA 94015

    (650) 985-7000

    Free to low-cost medical and mental health services for youth and their families


    The Volunteer Center

    (650) 235-3550 Ext. 225

    Serving San Mateo and San Francisco Counties