The Counseling Department is overseen by the Assistant Principal and its main function is to provide auxiliary services that enable the student to achieve the maximum from a high school education. Guidance services include: standardized testing, career counseling, college guidance, new student orientation, personal guidance and referral services. The Counselors also assist students in the selection of courses each spring for the upcoming school year.
The goal of the Counseling Department is to meet with each student once per semester. Students may request to meet with a counselor at any time. Parents may call the Main Office to arrange an appointment with a counselor.
Students are encouraged to visit the counseling office before or after school, during their break or during their lunch period. Should a student have a need to visit the counseling office during class time, he/she must first set up an appointment with his/her counselor. The signup sheet is located in the Guidance Office.
Mrs. Andrea Torrez, an Aquinas alumna from the class of 2002, is the Junior and Senior guidance counselor. Mrs. Torrez has worked at Aquinas for eight years in the counseling department and as a Psychology teacher. She attended California State University San Bernardino for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and earned her Master of Arts in Educational Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of Redlands. Mrs. Torrez also moderates the National Honor Society, and California Scholarship Federation.
Ms. Amber Lejay is the freshmen and sophomore guidance counselor. Ms. Lejay also is the advisor for the school newspaper, moderator for the Academic Decathlon, girls soccer coach and an assistant track and field coach. Ms. Lejay earned a Master of Science Degree in Educational Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Television Broadcasting from the University of La Verne. She also earned a Pupil Personnel Services Credential through the state of California and is a Registered Behavior Technician Credential from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.