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Dana's School Code

This is the Dana Hills school code that you will use for college admissions as well as SAT and ACT registration


Guidance Department

Amy Sabol

Assistant Principal, Guidance


 Carol Stevenson

Guidance Secretary




Angie Gutierrez

Guidance Secretary



Lexi Jakovich

Guidance Clerk




Susanna Lomeli


Academic Advisors


Kathy Kam (A-Coh)


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Ann Marie Casazza (Col-Gou)


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Bonnie Borden (Gra-Lew)


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Janis Lynch (Lic-Pel)


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Summer Yim (Pen-Shok)


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Audra Lee (Shon-Z )


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Guidance Home

Schedule Changes

All schedule changes should have occurred during registration. However, any student who may still need a schedule change must complete an ADD/DROP form and have a parent signature. These forms are available in the guidance office and must be dropped off to your academic advisor. All schedule change requests will be handled in a timely manner in order to ensure that students do not miss valuable instructional time.

The level/drop date occurs at the end of the 6th week of school on Friday, September 23rd, 2016. There will be no leveling or dropping after this date.

Conditions for Changes that will be considered include:

  • Missing Subject (i.e. no English, math, PE class, etc…)
  • Missing Period or Double Period (i.e. no class scheduled during a particular period or two classes scheduled during the same period )
  • Concerns regarding level placement for English, math, science, social science and world language (i.e. change from AP US History to US History (P))
  • Adjustments for athletics/PE

Conditions that WILL NOT be honored include:

  • Teacher change request
  • Period change request
  • Elective change request
  • Preference change request


6 Week Course Level Deadline Friday, September 23, 2016
PSAT Wednesday, October 19, 2016
End of Second Progress Reporting  Friday, November 4, 2016
Thanksgiving Recess November 21-25, 2016
First Semester Final Exams December 19-21, 2016
End of First Semester

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Recess Begins Friday, December 23, 2016
School Resumes Monday, January 9, 2017
Beginning of Second Semester Monday, January 9, 2017



WHO:             10th & 11th graders


DATE:             Wednesday, October 19th, 2016


TIME:              7:56 a.m. on the dot!


WHERE:          Room assignments will be posted.


BRING:            Picture ID (cannot be admitted without this)

                        # 2 pencils with erasers.  No mechanical pencils as                             they do not scan well.

                        Student ID number

Calculator - optional, but if you bring one check that the batteries are fresh.


NOT allowed:  Food and beverages, including bottled water.  There is                         no snack break.

                        No cell phones - not even in pockets, leave in locker                             or car.

                        No smart watches - leave in locker or car.

                        No backpacks or purses.


Math questions can be answered without a calculator, no solution requires one.

RE:  Calculator.  Students may use a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator.  They may not use pocket organizers; hand-held or laptop computers; electronic writing pads or pen-input devices; or calculator with a QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypad, with paper tape, that make noise or “talk,” or that require an electrical outlet. 


Benefits of Taking the PSAT

  • Free SAT Practice Powered by Khan Academy
  • Students receive a unique SAT practice plan based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT that features:
    • Personalized online practice tailored to their strengths and weaknesses. SAT practice questions and full-length tests. Detailed feedback on their progress.
      • Visit khanacademy.org/sat to learn more.
  • Eligibility for Scholarship Competitions
    • By taking the PSAT/NMSQT and meeting published entry requirements, your child may enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
      • Go to www.nationalmerit.org to learn more.
    • In addition, students taking the exam now have increased access to nearly $180 million in combined annual awards for low-income and minority students through leading scholarship providers. Your child should opt into Student Search Service® when they take the PSAT/NMSQT to benefit from these opportunities. Learn more at collegeboard.org/sat-suite-scholarships.
  • AP Potential
    • Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT receive free feedback on their aptitude for 20+ AP courses
  • Access to College Planning Resources
    • An interactive PSAT/NMSQT score report that includes detailed answer explanations to help them practice for the SAT. A detailed personality test to help students identify their interests and find majors and careers that are a good fit. Tools allowing students to search for and explore colleges, majors, scholarships, and more.
  • Connect with Colleges
    • When your child takes the PSAT/NMSQT, he or she can say “Yes” to the Student Search Service. By participating, your child can receive free information about admission and financial aid from colleges, universities, and scholarship programs.

Is Your Senior on Track to Graduate?

To ensure your senior student is on track to earn their high school diploma in June, you may view your child’s current graduation status via the Parent Portal by selecting “Graduation Status” under the “Grades” tab.

The Graduation Status is comprised of five columns.  The first and second columns list the subject requirements and maximum number of credits needed per subject to earn a diploma.  The third column, “Credit’s completed,” lists the credits your child completed by the end of their junior year.  The fourth column lists the credits that your child is currently enrolled in and needs to complete for the fall semester, and the fifth column represents the credits that will need to be completed during your child’s final semester, spring.

By the end of junior year, students should have completed 170 credits to be considered “on track” to earn a diploma.  Students who have fewer than 170 credits are considered “at-risk.”   Students “at-risk” of earning their diploma will most likely be enrolled in one or more of the following:  6 or 7 classes, the Academic Intervention class or the CUSD Online Credit Recovery Program.   

Please note that the Graduation Status reflects graduation requirements only, not college admissions requirements. To ensure that your child is meeting college admission requirements please refer to the “Grades” tab and select “College Entrance Requirements.”

Please be advised that your child must pass all required courses indicated in the fourth and fifth columns under “Graduation Status” in order to earn their diploma and participate in the commencement ceremony on June.  We encourage you and your child to monitor grades via School Loop to ensure success.  If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s graduation status or college admissions status, please contact your Academic Advisor.

Thank you,

Dana Hills High School Guidance Staff

Saddleback College Family Night

Saddleback College invites you to their 13th Annual Family Night on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Student Services Center.

Learn About:

  • What you can do to prepare your student for College Success
  • Campus Life
  • Career Technical
  • Financial Aid
  • Honors
  • Student Preparedness
  • Transfer

Refreshments will be provided by Saddleback College Culinary Arts.

Check the flyer below for more information and directions. 


Saddleback College Senior Day


Thursday, March 16th, 2017 11am-2pm in the upper quad.

  • Free In-N-Out for every high school student who attends a 10 minute Saddleback information workshop.
  • Meet Faculty and Staff.
  • Campus Tours (Available Upon Request_
  • Educational Fair, Games, Opportunity Drawings, & More. 

Please click the flyer below for more information.


From the Guidance Department


On November 17, 2015 CUSD held an exciting and informative Parent Workshop on our Naviance Program.  The workshop covered the ways parents can utilize the system to begin conversations with their child(ren) about their possible college and career aspirations. Please feel free to click on the following links- Naviance PowerPoint Presentation and the Parent Hand-Outs to view what was discussed in this workshop. All families have been sent their access code for Naviance via email which will allow you to login to the system.  We sincerely hope that you take advantage of this powerful tool and begin having these important conversations about college and career.  Please view our full implementation plan so you will know what to expect each year. 



College Application Deadlines

Both the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) application filing periods have opened. 

October 1, 2016               Begin submitting CSU applications

November 1, 2016           Begin submitting UC applications

November 30, 2016         Deadline to submit CSU and UC Applications

November 1, 2016           Early Action Deadline.  

                                         Please see your Academic Advisor ASAP.


Letters of Recommendation

The Common Application (as well as many other private and out of state schools) as well as some scholarships will require you to obtain letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers and other professionals who know you well.  Be sure to give your recommender plenty of time to write your letter.  Please adhere to the following deadlines in submitting your letter of recommendation packet to your academic advisor.  Make sure the packet is neat and that you have answered all of the questions thoughtfully and completely.

Click here for Letter of Recommendation packet


Senior Scoop and Scholarships

You can visit the Dana Hills website on a regular basis to read the Senior Scoop and find opportunities to help you finance your college education.  Pay close attention to deadlines.  Please see your Academic Advisor to obtain a local scholarship application package. 

Click here for Local Scholarship application.

Click here for the Senior Scoop!


Saddleback College visits

Beginning soon, a representative from Saddleback College will be available at DHHS outside of the guidance office at lunch every Friday to answer any questions you may have regarding concurrent enrollment, Freshman Advantage Program, Counseling 100,  the application process etc.


Saddleback College Counseling 100 (College Success)

This course is offered on the DHHS campus during the spring semester.  It meets once weekly and must be taken as a 6th class.  Students must be on track to graduate and not need these credits.  It is designed to introduce students to college and life success skills.  It focuses on the attitudes, habits and behaviors of successful college students.  


September College Visits in Room 701


University of Alabama Fri, September 23 9:45-10:15AM
UC Los Angeles Fri, September 23 12:20-12:50PM
Point Loma Nazarene University Mon, September 26 10:00-10:30AM
Oregon State  Mon, September 26 12:20-12:50PM
US Air Force Academy Tues, September 27 9:45-10:15AM
University of Kansas Tues, September 27 12:30-1:00PM
University at Albany Thurs, September 29 9:45-10:15AM



October College Visits in Room 701


Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst Mon, October 3 10:25-10:55AM
Cal Maritime Tues, October 4 8:45- 9:15AM
Arizona State University Tues, October 4 9:50-10:20AM
Portland State Tues, October 4 12:15-12:45PM
Stonehill College Wed, October 5 9:50-10:20AM
University of La Verne Thurs, October 6 8:30-9:00AM
University of Connecticut Thurs, October 6 9:45-10:15AM
Vanderbilt  Thurs, October 6 12:20-12:50PM
California Lutheran University Fri, October 7 9:50-10:20AM
University of Redlands Mon, October 10 9:00-9:30AM
Emory University Mon, October 10 10:20-10:50AM
The New School/Parsons Tues, October 11 9:50-10:20AM
Willamette University Tues, October 11 12:20-12:50PM
University of South Carolina Wed, October 12 12:20-12:50PM
Hope International University Thurs, October 13 9:50-10:20AM
University of San Diego Thurs, October 13 10:30-11:00AM
University of Hawaii Thurs, October 13 12:20-12:50PM
University of Southern California Thurs, October 13 1:45- 2:15PM
Colorado Christian University Tues, October 18 8:30-9:00AM
Roanoke College, VA Tues, October 18 9:45-10:15AM
Lewis and Clark College Tues, October 18 12:20-12:50PM
Boston University Thurs, October 20 8:00 8:30AM
Middlebury College Thurs, October 20 9:45-10:15AM
California Baptist University Thurs, October 27 9:45-10:15AM
University of San Francisco Fri, October 28 9:45-10:15AM

Academic Advisor News

As part of the CUSD "Road to Recovery" the Guidance office is very fortunate to have added a new Academic Advisor (AA). The addition of an AA means that we will need to adjust the caseloads for some students this upcoming school year. The changes are now in effect and any student assigned to a new Academic Advisor should now direct all inquiries to their new advisor.

A – COH              Kathi Kam                      kekam@capousd.org

COL – GOU         Ann Marie Casazza       amcasazza@capousd.org

GRA – LEW         Bonnie Borden               bsborden@capousd.org

LIC – PEL            Janis Lynch                    jllynch@capousd.org

PEN – SHOK       Summer Yim                  sjyim@capousd.org

SHON – Z            Audra Lee                      ajlee@capousd.org

Enrolling a New Student

Please follow the process below to enroll your student.


1. Enroll student online:

Go to http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/ 


On the home page, under the picture, click on ENROLLING IN OUR SCHOOLS: READ MORE (link); on the next page under ONLINE ENROLLMENT, click the highlighted “click here” link. At the bottom of the next page click on “Enroll a Student.


Now you are at the first page of Internet Enrollment. This program will take about 20 minutes to complete. At the end, a page will appear stating that you have completed your enrollment. Please PRINT the report and bring this printout along with required documents (listed below) to Dana Hills High School.


Students are not enrolled until necessary documents are brought to the Registrar’s office. At that time, your paperwork will be confirmed and you will meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss course placement.


2. Parents must provide the following items in order to enroll their child:


PROOF OF RESIDENCY BP 5111.1(b) – *** 2 items required ***

Current Rental Agreement or Mortgage Statement in parent name with property address         

AND     Current utility bill in parent’s name (Gas, Electric or Water)



Record must be provided that your child has received all of their immunizations. 

Proof of Tdap shot given after child’s 7th birthday.


BIRTH CERTIFICATE BP 5111(a)      Copy is fine, does not need to be original.



Please be sure to officially withdraw from previous school and bring us the withdrawal slip.  The grades your child was receiving when he/she left should be written on the withdrawal report.

**If your child is in Special Ed, PLEASE bring in most recent IEP.



Please contact child’s last school to request


If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please contact  Susanna Lomeli, Registrar (949) 496-6666, ext 2277 or  smlomeli@capousd.org     Dana Hills Fax# 949 489-8317

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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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