South Pasadena High School (SPHS) is a public, coeducational, four-year comprehensive high school with an enrollment of approximately 1,565 students. The Student Support Personnel Team (SSPT) is an integral and systematic part of a total educational program dedicated to promoting and maintaining the emotional and physical safety, as well as the academic success, of all students.
A commitment to the National Standards for School Counseling allows the SSPT to guide and advocate on behalf of students in an effective and results-based manner. Each student in the school has an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) set up according to his/her academic needs and goals. The ILP is reviewed annually and involves parents/guardians, specifically during students’ sophomore year. To meet or exceed the state standards proposed by Assembly Bill 1802, the counseling staff provides individualized review of academic performance with students who have not passed the California High School Exit Exam and/or who have not earned enough credits to graduate. The SSPT has completed and is delivering a comprehensive guidance program for each grade level and has made excellent progress with the upward movement of at-risk students through each section of our watch list.
Our plans for this year and next include intensive work on closing the Achievement Gap for underserved students, including comprehensive outreach efforts to meet the college-going needs of those students and their parents, and an emphasis on establishing a college-going culture for all students. Goals and data from this year’s SPARC will be incorporated into the School Site Improvement Plan.
The SPARC is also used to highlight the counseling department as they work to achieve the WASC Critical Academic Need and Single Plan for Student Achievement goals for student support.
Student Support Personnel Team (SSPT) All members of our support staff hold appropriate credentials to provide quality service to students, meeting the NCLB guidelines for highly qualified staff. The SSPT is committed to ongoing professional development and remains current in the fields of counseling and education through membership in various professional organizations. Our counselors strive to maintain an equitable support system by contributing to the academic, career, and personal/social growth of ALL students. School Climate and Safety The efforts of our Student Support Personnel Team have greatly contributed to the positive climate and level of safety at South Pasadena High School. The SSPT provided valuable assistance with our bullying and drug prevention programs, along with the completion of an updated School Safety Plan that has been reviewed by the School Safety Committee and adopted by the Board of Education. The California Healthy Kids Survey, administered every two years, continuously reflects the safe and inclusive environment at SPHS