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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


Opening Day of School Monday, August 15, 2016
Back to School Night Thursday, September 1, 2016
Jr./Sr. Parent/Student Night Wednesday, September 14, 2016
6 Week Course Level Deadline Friday, September 23, 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


Back to School Night

Please join us on Thursday, September 1st from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for our annual Back to School Night.  This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the programs available to the students.  Parents will have a chance to go to their child's classes by period and meet our DHHS teachers.  Please bring a copy of your child's schedule with you so you will know where to report for each class.


The periods will last only ten minutes.  Teachers will be presenting general information about their classroom and subject area.  Parents who wish to speak to teachers about their own child's progress should schedule an appointment with the teachers separately.  

Jr./Sr. Parent/Student Night for College Bound

Get all of your college questions answered on Wednesday, September 14th at 6:00 pm.  Juniors and parents go to the porthole theater; seniors and parents will go to the mall.


This will be a very informative meeting and handouts will be given to all those who attend.  We should be done a little after 7:00 pm.

SBA Student Score Reports

The District is still in process of receiving the 2015-2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Student Score Reports. While the California Department of Education (CDE) will release summarized district and school data on August 24th, the paper copies of individual student scores usually take a little longer to reach districts. CUSD expects to receive all Student Score Reports by mid-September and anticipates sending score reports home to parents the week of September 12th.

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

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

Starting in September, you can visit the dhhs.net 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


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.  



College visitation times will be posted soon.

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

Dana Hills High School ENROLLMENT

Please follow the process below to enroll your student.

Enroll student online:

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


On the home page, under the picture, click on PARENTS (link); the next page will have a long list, click on NEW STUDENT ONLINE ENROLLMENT. At the bottom of this 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 HS.


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 Academic Advisor to discuss course placement.


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.



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 call Susanna Lomeli, Registrar (949) 496-6666, ext 2277

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Minimum A-G UC/CSU Requirements


   UC and CSU

Eligibility Requirements


Subjects   Years
  A- History/Social Science 2
  B- English 4
  C- Math (Must be Algebra I, II and Geometry) 3
  D- Lab Science (1 physical and 1 life science)  2
  E- Foreign Language    2
  F- Visual or Performing Art 1

 G- Elective From Approved A-F Course



A "C" or better must be earned in all A-G courses


  SAT I or ACT  

  2 SAT II Subject Tests (UC Only)

      Note: SAT II subject tests will no longer be required as of the class of 2012


Minimum GPA  
  3.0 for UC  
  2.0 for CSU  

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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
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(949) 234-9200

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