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How to see a School Counselor

  • Fill out a request form to see a counselor
  • Students may walk in before school, at lunch or during breaks
  • Parents must call for an appointment
  • Teacher/Parent Referral
  • E-Mail your counselor
  • Call on the telephone/Leave a voicemail at (949) 515-6504

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Counseling Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the School Counseling program at EHS is to create and support an ethical, nurturing and challenging learning environment for all students.  As professional school counselors we provide academic, career, and personal/social development leading to high academic achievement and successful post high school pursuits for every student....every day. 


We believe...


Every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. 


Every student is a unique individual who will learn and process information differently and, given proper support and encouragement, will achieve and be successful. 


All students have the right to a safe and supportive learning environment.


In setting high academic and personal/social standards for all students.


School Counselors provide Academic, Career and Personal/Social Development and serve as an advocate for all students.


In collaborating with administration, teachers and parents to support student achievement. 


We have a role in educational reform; that is our responsibility to address barriers to student achievement and success.


Our behavior and words impact student learning and motivation; that as a school community we must insist on student's achievement.



The California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Education, Section 852, states, "A parent or guardian may submit to the school a written request to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of any test pursuant to Education Code Section 60640.  A school district and its employees may discuss the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program with parents and may inform parents of the availability of exemption under Education Code 60615.  However, the school district and its employees shall not solicit or encourage any written exemption request on behalf of any child or group of children."



The Estancia High School PTSA is looking for new board members.  Our current members will be termed out in June and we are very interested in hearing from you.  If you have ever thought of being on a PTSA we want to know.  I have served my two terms and I am quite sure I will find a qualified replacement.  The first time I ever joined a PTA was when they needed a President at TeWinkle Middle School.  PTA’s have tremendous support from a group called the Harbor Council PTA.  Anyone is welcome to join and with the help of previous members and the Harbor Council PTA, anyone can do these volunteer jobs.  I want to emphasize that being part of a PTSA board is open to anyone.  Please let me know if you are interested.  We will need to know who our new board is by February and the board will be announced at our meeting in March.  The Estancia PTSA will be electing a nominating committee on January 30, 2017.  Due to time constraints, I am reaching out to our community before this event so that the nominating committee can directly contact interested parties.  Please contact me directly at Rutledge@nmusd.us or complete the attached interest form and return it to the front desk in the Main Office at Estancia.




Tehnaz Rutledge

Estancia High School PTSA President


Estancia High School's "Wonderland" Winter Formal Dance will be held on Saturday, February 11 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Hacienda in Santa Ana.  Tickets will go on sale January 17 and will be sold through February 2.  No tickets will be sold after that date.  Ticket prices are as follows:


Early Bird (January 17-20)

$40 per person with ASB

$50 per person without ASB

Regular (January 23-February 2)

$50 per person with ASB

$60 per person without ASB


Seniors must be current with their Senior Project and have at least 25 hours of community service completed to attend the dance.  Juniors must have at least 20 hours completed, sophomores must have at least 10 hours, and freshmen must have at least 3 hours of community service completed to attend Winter Formal. 


N-MUSD will be offering an online Drivers Education course.  Registration for the course will begin in January 2017. 


The State of California requires you to spend 30 hours studying Drivers Education before you can get your learners permit. This online driver education course lets you study at your own pace, on your schedule, any time of the day or night. This course sets the foundation for behind-the-wheel Driver’s Training and is in accordance with the guidelines set by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Each course accommodates 150 students for registration. The course is offered two times a year. Upon successful completion, students will receive a DMV- approved certificate of completion. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District does not offer Driver Training, otherwise known as behind-the-wheel instruction.  All students must be 15 years or older on the day the course starts and have internet access to enroll.  All communication will be delivered by email.


Please visit the website below for more information about the course.    http://web.nmusd.us/driversed

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Estancia High School 2016-2017 Counseling Department

Mindy Savage - Grade 10, Grade 9 (Last Name A-G), and Credit Recovery/Independent Study Program


(949) 515-6555


Daniel Nafarrate - Grade 12, Grade 9 (Last Name H-M), Puente Counselor and CTE Counselor


(949) 515-6554


Joe Havens -  Grade 11 and Grade 9 (Last Name N-Z) Counselor


(949) 515-6557


Victoria Villa - Counseling Office Secretary


(949) 515-6504


Maria Barragan - School Community Facilitator


(949) 515-6563


Jenn Sweet - ROP/Career Center


(949) 515-6509