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Student Support Services

U-Prep Counselors

Kristen Mason

High School Counselor

Matt Williams

Junior High School Counselor

Joseph Maikranz

Junior High / High School Counselor

College & Career Planning

U-Prep’s school counselors play a key role in contributing to the school’s close-knit community experience. Their priority is tending to the academic, career and personal/social needs of our students. They provide educational guidance to students and their parents by assisting with schedule planning, recommending courses and determining educational supports and solutions, teaching courses related to career and college readiness (e.g. Senior Transition, Peer Mentoring, Conflict Management), and hosting Parent University nights (e.g. College 101, Financial Aid Night). The U-Prep counselors also facilitate support systems for students based on their needs (e.g. Student Study Team meetings, referrals to community agencies). The administrator, counselor and teacher/advisors, working together, strive to provide the following personalized services to students and parents during the school year:

  • Develop an individual educational/career plan, including a Career Education component that may be updated yearly with each student. Naviance is a career and college ready tool used by school counselors and accessible by parents; career plans are included within this program, among many other college planning tools designed for families. Naviance trainings occur during orientation, Parent University nights, Parent Venture, and various other opportunities such as Back to School Night.
  • Schedule weekly meetings between advisors and their advisory groups.
  • Provide an appointment system that will enable each student to see his/her counselor within a reasonable period of time.
  • Conduct parent information nights to disseminate guidance information.
  • Arrange for staff/parent/student conferences when appropriate.
  • Be available for personal and/or crisis counseling and possible referral to outside resources.
  • Instruct both parents and students in school graduation requirements.
  • Meet with all students and their parents to discuss career educational goals, career test results and to develop high school plans that will lead the student to goal attainment. The counselor/ advisors of University Preparatory School will meet with each student after their freshman year and during sophomore year for sophomore counseling. The high school counselor meets weekly with the senior students through the Senior Transition course, and a periodic key times with the juniors (i.e. meetings to review PSAT scores, visits to Advisory class). Advisory classes place a heavy emphasis on an array of college and career readiness topics specific and appropriate to the grade-level served. Advisory classes also provide access to Naviance curriculum and resources.

General College Information -- A starting place

Welcome to U-Prep’s College Information Page. This page is to assist students and parents in the college planning process by providing some of the most valuable sites on the Internet. There is a wealth of information on the site regarding college information, scholarships, and financial aid. I encourage every student and parent to take the time and explore each link. The U-Prep staff works hard to help each student reach their academic goal in being college ready whether that is a community college, four-year university/college, vocational school, private school or armed services. I hope you find this page useful throughout your college exploration. Thank you!

Kristen Mason
High School Counselor

Student Support Services

Peer Tutoring

U-Prep offers a cross-age peer tutoring program. Services are provided by U-Prep students for U-Prep high school students. Peer tutors are slightly older students who have been selected for the program by school counselors. Tutors receive training in how to support younger students in their academics and in developing a productive youth-to-youth relationship. Peer tutoring takes place during the school day and is supervised by school counselors.

Peer Mentoring

A University Preparatory School Peer Mentor is committed to serving the students of U-Prep. Mentors improve our school by making it as safe and welcoming as possible. They are committed to the well-being of our students and believe that students who make friendships and connections with one another will thrive. Mentors are excellent role models, who care about our school and our students. U-Prep Peer Mentors run lunch time intramural games twice a week, hold a ‘games club’ twice a week, and serve as and conflict managers. For more information on how to connect your student with the U-Prep peer mentoring program, please contact Matt Williams at mwilliams@suhsd.net.

Wellness Program

The school counseling program is designed to provide students and families with a range of supportive services, including referrals to community agencies. The counseling center provides a safe, supportive environment where students can go to discuss a variety of issues from depression, grief, self-esteem, homelessness, foster care, substance use disorders, disabilities, mental illness, family life and stress to dating violence, gender identify and health issues. Students can get help and recognize that there is no stigma associated with mental health, substance abuse, gender identity, or other supportive services. School and community crisis intervention resources are updated annually and made available to students and families. Through on-campus programs and community-based partnerships, students receive counseling and other support services for the purpose of maximizing student engagement and success.

For more information please visit U-Prep website or contact the Student Support Services Office at 530-245-2767.


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