Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


When do students receive their schedules?
Student schedules will be available the first day of school. Students should arrive at least 30 minutes early to pick up their class schedules.

How do I make a schedule change?
It is important your child’s schedule is correct beginning the first day of school. If a change is needed (ie, you decide to change math levels), please call your child’s counselor during the two weeks BEFORE the first day of school. Once school starts only misplaced students will have the opportunity to change schedules. If you are concerned that your student is misplaced, please contact your counselor as soon as possible. Elective changes are made on a space available basis.  Please have your student come in to the counseling office to place their name on a wait list.  We will notify them if the change can be made.  SDUHSD Board Policy sets a four-week limit at the beginning of each semester to drop a core class.  Level changes (from honors to college prep) may be requested during this four-week period if there is space available.

What classes will my child be taking?
All students take:
  • English or Honors English
  • History
  • Science
  • Math or Honors Math
  • P.E.
  • One year-long elective
What should I do if my child is not meeting my academic expectations?
Begin by implementing the strategies in What Every CV Parent Needs To Know. If any part of the plan is not successful, A Parent’s Guide to Improving Your Child’s Grades outlines other strategies that work and offers troubleshooting ideas. After following these steps, if you still don’t see results, please call your child’s counselor.

When should we contact the counselor?
The purpose of the school counselor is to work with students, parents and teachers to support students in reaching their potential. There are many reasons why a student may be struggling. A few of these reasons are:
  • Student lacks the necessary skills.
  • Student lacks the necessary parental or school support.
  • Overwhelming emotional issues are not allowing student to stay focused in class and learn.
  • Student has a learning disability.
  • Student lacks connection to school.
If, after working with your child’s teachers
and trying the strategies outlined on this website, your child still isn’t reaching his/her potential, please call or email the counselor. The counselor may be able to provide insight on what the issue might be, or offer suggestions on how to handle a situation.

How do I contact the counselor?
By phone at 858.481.8221or by email. All calls and emails will be returned by the next day if at all possible. If you would like to make an appointment to see the counselor, please call the counselor directly.

What support services does the counseling department provide?
Carmel Valley is pleased to offer a variety of services that address academic, social and emotional issues in order to help students reach their full potential. ALL support programs are free. Additionally, please note that most teachers are available to provide extra assistance as needed on an appointment basis.  Check the Student Support link for information on programs designed to assist CVMS students and encourage optimal academic achievement and middle school success.

Individual Counseling for personal/social and/or academic issues

What should we do if we have a concern with a teacher?
We believe that every teacher at CV has something special to offer students. For this reason, the district policy of not changing teachers when a problem arises is strictly followed. Instead, contact the teacher directly about the issue. The best way to contact the teacher is through email at (first name).(last name)@sduhsd.net. If, after working with the teacher, the issues are still not resolved, please contact your child’s counselor. Helpful strategies will be offered to resolve the issues and to help teach the student valuable interpersonal skills and how to deal with conflict.

What is the drop policy for classes?
There are no changes except when a student is misplaced or unless it is necessary to balance class sizes.