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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

Congratulations to Janis Lynch

We want to wish Janis Lynch good luck in her new position!


In the interim, her students have been divided up between Ann Marie Casazza and Bonnie Borden until her position is filled. Please see the new temporary alpha breakdown below:


Kam:           A-Coh

Casazza:    Col-Goh & Lia-Mol

Borden:      Gra-Lew & Mon-Pel

Yim:            Pen-Shok

Lee:            Shon-Z


If you have any questions or concerns please stop by or call the Guidance Department. 

New Add/ Drop Form

Click here for the new add/drop form if you find an error in your schedule.


Errors might include:

  • Missing subjects (ex: no English, math, PE, etc.)
  • Missing Period or Double Periods (no class scheduled during a specific period or two classes scheduled during same period)
  • Concerns regarding level placement
  • Adjustments for athletics/ PE (if tryouts have already occurred)

The following issues are NOT topics that require a change to a schedule:

  • Teacher change request
    • Please see our policy here if you are considering a teacher change. 
  • Period change request

Once this new digital add/drop form is completed by the student it is then sent to the parent’s email that we have on file. If you need to update this information please call or see Lexi Jakovich or Angie Gutierrez in Guidance.  A parent must confirm the change in order for the form to be sent to the student’s Academic Advisor


Did you know as a CUSD student you have access to 1-on-1 College and Career Counselors? CUSD FutureOLOGY can help answer your questions, provide resources, and give you specific input during the college or career planning process. 


Check out their website for more info: http://www.cusd-futureology.org



Maximize your chances of College and Career success with a variety of free Workshops from CUSD’s Futureology! Register at www.cusd-futureology.org/appointments-events.

The calendar includes:

  • PSAT Orientation – Don’t Worry, You’re Ready - Tues Sept 19 @ 6-7:00pm – Online Webinar

  • Freshman Focus with Futureology - Tues Sept 26 @ 6-7:00pm – Online Webinar

  • Sophomore Spotlight with Futureology - Tues Sept 26 @ 7:30-8:30pm – Online Webinar

  • Senior Support: Completing the UC/CSU Apps (Seniors Only) –

    • Wed Sept 20 @ 3:30-5pm – Dana Hills HS

    • Tues Oct 10 @ 4-5:30pm – Tesoro HS

  • Senior Support: Completing the Common Application (Seniors Only)

    • ​​​​​​​Wed Sept 27 @ 4-5:30pm – Tesoro HS

  • College Fair SAVE THE DATE - NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Fri Oct 30 @ 6 – 8:30pm – CVHS

  • Senior Support: College Essay Editing (Seniors Only)

    • Tues Oct 3 @ 4-5:30pm – Tesoro HS

    • Wed Oct 4 @ 3:30-5pm – Dana Hills HS

Fall 2017 Driver's Education Class

This online Drivers Education course is equivalent to a regular 30-hour classroom course and has been examined and authorized by the Licensing Operations Division of the DMV. Please note that this is the classroom section, not the behind-the-wheel course. Students who successfully complete this course, which includes an online exam, will receive an official DMV Certificate of Completion. This is required to obtain a learner's permit for all drivers between the ages of 15 ½ and 18 years old.


  • Open to all CUSD students who are at least 15 years old by December 15, 2017.
    • Students cannot complete course prior to turning 15.
  • There is no charge for CUSD students to take this course.
  • No transcript units will be granted for this course.
  • Students must complete the online curriculum by December 15, 2017
  • Students may take this course only once in Fall, Spring, or Summer.
  • Instruction is through MyCaliforniaPermit.com.

For questions, please contact your Academic Advisor.


Click here to register


DHHS Offers ACT/ SAT and Application Essay Boot Camps in 2017-2018

DHHS PTSA is proud to offer many opportunities for students to prepare for ACT/SAT testing as well as strengthening college application essay writing skills.

Essay Boot Camp: Sat., Sept 30--Preparation for writing college essays

SAT Boot Camp: Sun., Oct 1--Upcoming SATs: Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3;                                                         PSAT: Oct 15

ACT Boot Camp: Sun., Oct 22--Upcoming ACTs: Oct. 22, Dec.10, Feb.11,                                                     Apr. 8,June 11

SAT Boot Camp: Sat., Nov 18--Upcoming SATs: Dec. 3, Jan. 21, Mar 11,                                                       May 6,June 3

SAT Boot Camp: Sun., March 4--Upcoming SATs: March 11, May 6,                                                                  June 3

ACT Boot Camp: Sun., March 25--Upcoming ACTs: Apr. 8, June 11


HIGHER APPLICATIONS: Essay & Application Boot Camp


September 30

Preparing a strong college application takes time and organization. Higher Applications will host an Essay & Application Boot Camp as a PTSA fundraiser at Dana Hills High School.  This one day, 4 hour Boot Camp is a practical, affordable and fun way to get a head start on your college essay and applications.  Learn what colleges are looking for in an essay, work with experienced college counselors to select essay topics and receive guidance while you write. The Boot Camp focuses on University of California and Common Application essay prompts.  All students receive instructive handouts. Cost is a DHHS discounted price of $175. Advance registration is highly recommended. Walk-ins allowed if space is available. Sign up soon! Questions? Contact www.mycollegeplan.net



These boot camp fundraisers presented by DB Academics are designed to provide students with the best test-taking strategies, techniques and problem solving approaches. Students will become more confident test-takers!

Questions? Contact DB Academics daacad777@yahoo.com


SAT Prep Boot Camps – Math, English, or both!

October 1, November 18, March 4

English and Math $150, English only $110, Math only $55


ACT Prep Boot Camp

October 22 and March 25

Full Day English and Match $150, Math & Science only $85, English/Reading/ Essay only $85


We hope that your student can take advantage of these affordable opportunities to prepare for the upcoming college application process. Registration forms are available in the main and guidance offices and can also be downloaded at www.dhhsptsa.com

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


College Application Deadlines

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

October 1, 2017               Begin submitting CSU applications

November 1, 2017           Begin submitting UC applications

November 30, 2017         Deadline to submit CSU and UC                                                Applications

November 1, 2017           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.

Order Credentials from Parchment

New Student Orientation

Guidance Calendar

Today: 9/20/17
9:50 AM Seton Hall University College Visit
12:20 PM Northern Arizona University College Visit

Upcoming College Visits

Click here for upcoming college visits!


For any visits that occur during class time, please go to the Guidance Office for a pass.


Updated 9/12/17

Looking for a Job?

Before applying for a job, see Lexi Jakovich or Angie Gutierrez in Guidance to check the requirements needed to obtain a work permit.  

Graduation Requirements

Take a look at these helpful links for CUSD's graduation requirements!


Class of 2021

Class of 2020

Class of 2019

Class of 2018

Graduation Requirements


Guided Tours

Guided tours are given by our PTSA once a month.  


There are no tours currently scheduled for this year.  Check back soon for more dates.


Career Technical Education

CTE Commercial
(Commercial produced by CCA students in video production and animation courses)

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