The mission of the Counseling Department at Archbishop Riordan High School is to assist students in maximizing their personal, spiritual, and intellectual growth. 
2017-18 Counseling Department Directory
Division Counselor Email Ext.
House of Bolts Mrs. Vanessa Martinez  224
House of Cana Mr. Jonathan Aguilar 502
House of Pilar Mr. David Lin 504
House of Russi See below
Head of College Counseling Mrs. Melissa Nagar 241
College Counselor Ms. Leslie Roberts  521
Academic Support Counselor Sr. Joy Giovannoni  220

Please note House of Russi counseling assignments for Spring 2018.

House of Russi Freshmen:  Mrs. Vanessa Martinez,
House of Russi Sophomores:  Mr. Jon Aguilar,
House of Russi Juniors:  Mr. David Lin,
House of Russi Seniors:  Mr. Jon Aguilar,

Personal Counseling Services (upon request or as needed)

  • Individual counseling to address problems of a personal or specific nature
  • Drop-in hours before school, at munch, lunch and after school
  • Parent conferences and referral resources
  • Specialized support groups as needed
  • Information for students on topics related to mental health
  • Crisis intervention counseling
  • Resources for parents with questions about adolescent development issues
  • Academic Counseling Services

General Academic Counseling

  • Graduation requirements
  • Additional opportunities outside the school day
  • Resources for tutoring services in the community
  • Standardized testing on National Testing Day
    Collaboration with certified counselors to provided educational assessments when needed

College/Career Services

  • Research strategies for college requirements and programs
  • A-G requirements
  • College, university and trade/technical school visits
  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • College Application workshops
  • Naviance Online System
  • Visit our College Counseling website here

Counseling Department Staff
The Counseling Department is staffed with experienced counselors that are committed to success of students. The Head of College Counseling provides additional support to upper division students through the college search and application process. A part-time Counseling Intern is on staff to work with students and families to provide additional support.  An supplement Academic counselor provides additional support to students who are in the MAP program and also on academic probation or ineligibility.