During the school year, the Guidance Office is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The phone number is 650-329-3712.

Students who are new to PAUSD need to call the office to set up an appointment with a Guidance Counselor to select courses.

Our guidance counselors work with students as below:

  • James Hamilton, class of 2019
  • Susan Shultz, class of 2020
  • Selene Singares, class of 2021
  • Charles Taylor, class of 2022


Three-Tiered Guidance System

Palo Alto Senior High School offers a 3-tiered model for guidance services. The Guidance Team provides for academic planning, personal counseling, and post-high school advising. At the center of the department is the Teacher Advisor Program. The main delivery method is through regular, mandatory advisory classes. The Guidance Team providing these services consists of:

Teacher Advisors (TAs) serve as the primary contact person for students, parents, and staff; conduct weekly advisories by grade level; facilitate academic planning and more. (Additional information for students with IEPs and Case Managers.)
Guidance Counselors work with TAs to identify students requiring extra academic and or social emotional support; support teachers and parents
College and Career Advisors meet with juniors and seniors regarding post high school planning


Students attend Advisory with their Teacher Advisors. Advisory schedules are listed on the Google Calendar.

Course selection

Online course requests for the next year are only made by students currently in PAUSD during the second semester of the school year. In addition to selecting courses, students also complete a Time Management Activity and sign an AP Contract if applicable. Everything you want to know about available courses and other important information are available in the Course Catalog.