Counseling Center

In order to serve you better, we encourage you to call to make an appointment when it is necessary to see your student’s counselor.

Hours of Operation
Monday –  Friday
7:00am – 3:30pm

Phone: (619) 476-4220
Fax: (619) 476-4320

HHS Counseling Center’s Calendar of Activities 2017-2018:

Counseling Calendar 2017-2018 

Counselors – 2017-2018 Alpha Break Down

Nancy Yamada (A – CHA)
Email: nancy.yamada@sweetwaterschools.org

Rosemary DiStefano (CHB – GIL)
Email: rosemary.distefano@sweetwaterschools.org

Carla Jacobo (GIM – LOU)
Email: carla.jacobo@sweetwaterschools.org

Edward Garcia (LOV – N)
Email: edward.garcia@sweetwaterschools.org

Lorena Villalpando (O – SALC)
Email: lorena.villalpando@sweetwaterschools.org

Debbie Gerlack (SALD – Z)
Email: debbie.gerlack@sweetwaterschools.org

A Message from the Counseling Center:

As a student at Hilltop High School, you are assigned to a counselor based on your last name. Your counselor is responsible for helping you with academic, career, educational, personal and social needs.  Information that you share with a counselor is by law confidential – the counselor cannot share that information without your permission with anyone else.

Students are welcome to visit the Counseling Center before or after school, during nutrition break or lunch. If you prefer that your counselor calls you out of class, you may complete a “Counselor Request Form” by clicking the link or by picking one up in the Counseling Center.

The only exception to this is if your health, safety or welfare or someone else’s is in danger. Counseling services offered at Hilltop High School include, but are not limited to:

  • All students with a 4-year plan leading to graduation.
  • Appropriate referrals to community resources for psychological counseling and substance abuse programs.
  • Information regarding tutoring & test preparation courses.
  • Support groups on a variety of issues such as dealing with grief, divorce, drugs and alcohol, and sexuality.
  • Assistance in selecting courses related to career & college planning.
  • Access to financial aid and scholarships for college.
  • Career assessments and interest inventories.
  • Information on college entrance and placement exams.
  • Classroom presentations on college requirements.
  • Information on student grades, credits, schedules, and standardized test scores.
  • Assistance in facilitating parent/teacher conferences.
  • Crisis counseling.
  • Assistance in taking concurrent Southwestern College courses.
  • Conflict mediation.
  • Access to college representatives and information on college presentations and college fairs.
  • Safe and confidential atmosphere for students to share personal issues.
  • Peer counseling services.
  • Study team approach to research appropriate services for at-risk students.
  • Information on alternative school programs.
  • Assistance in obtaining and completing college applications.
  • Lessons on goal-setting, study skills, stress relief, anger management, etc.