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WCDB_IDWhat is your current grade?What can the Guidance Counseling department do differently or more to help you and other Gunn students succeed? (There is no word limit) What is your gender? 0=negative, 1=neutral, 2=positive, 3=irrelevantCoding summary: Total responses: 1621
Negative: 722 == 45%
Neutral: 124 == 8%
Positive: 53 == 3%
Irrelevant: 68 == 4%
Blank: 654 == 40%
Compiled and coded by We Can Do Better Palo Alto (http://wecandobetterpaloalto.org) from PAUSD survey data collected for March 2012 report on counseling.
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ResponseOpen-Ended ResponseResponse
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212th gradeFemale
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311th gradeMale
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411th gradeLess lines and easier accessMale0
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511th gradeFemale
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611th gradeFemale
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712th gradeFemale
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811th gradeThey should be more accessible as in comparison to the number of students at the Gunn campus there aren't as many guidance cousnelors available in the guidance cousneling department. Furthermore, there should be a designated time in which the student should be able to see their counselors as missing part of class to see the counselor can have a harmful, lasting effect on the student, which twould then most likely lead to more aceademic pressure and stress.Male0
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911th gradeI think the guidance office should have at least 2 meetings per person if it is a new student that they have not worked with before because I recently got a new guidance counselor and I haven't met her yet so I don't know her and she probably doesn't know me or understand my goals. I have to start anew with my new guidance counselor. The second meeting would be to check in to see how students are doing. I would like counselors to also give more information about colleges and help students with which colleges would fit them best. Just because a student has good grades, you shouldn't be suggesting all Ivies or top colleges to them. Give them some other options to consider such financially better college options for students.Male0
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1011th gradeMale
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1111th gradeI would like to meet with my Guidance Counselor during times other than when I'm struggling with a class or when I want to change my schedule, I haven't had all that much time to really talk about my future goals with them.Female0
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1211th gradeI am currently waiting to have a meeting with my counselor even though I arranged it at the start of the semester, so I guess actually having that meeting would be something to change. Apart from that everything is fine.Female0
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1311th gradeMale
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1411th gradederpFemale3
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1511th gradeMale
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1611th gradeFemale
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1712th gradeA conference about college besides the admissions process. I only received a small amount of information about colleges from my counselor during the Senior Conference. I would prefer to have another conference that talks more about scheduling and priorities for colleges and financial aid. I sometimes feel stress that I do not know what I am doing because I do not know the deadlines and cannot find them properly.Male0
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1811th gradeLol I dunnoMale3
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1911th gradeMale
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2011th gradeI would like to have more frequent meetings with my Guidance Counselor. I feel like he doesn't really know me, and I want to talk to him about standardized testing and the college search process.Female0
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2111th gradeMore required meetings to discuss progress in classes and the college application process. We are supposed to have a Naviance account but we were never introduced to it.Female0
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2211th gradeHave more mandatory meetings throughout junior year. Most juniors, including myself, don't have the time to make appointments after school or during breaks, so pulling us out of class one more time would be good.Female0
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2311th gradeI feel that I've been fairly well helped by the Guidance department; however I'm a bit of a special case, I suppose. I hope that my peers feel equally satisfied.Female1
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2411th gradeCall students in if they feel they need someone to talk to.Female0
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2512th gradedunno, maybe feel more passionate to get to know me i guess, jeau for shrauMale0
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2611th gradeWe need more counselors so they can each concentrate on a smaller pool of kids and be able to do a better job. Private schools have more succes because their counselors have a very small group of kids that they concentrate on. If we can replicate this it would be quite helpful especially in the college application process.Male0
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2711th gradeGive more extracurricular opportunities through schoolFemale3
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2812th gradeThe students need to know what is expected of them both upon graduation and in their college application. I hate to think this way, but the entirety of high school feels like a dry run for colleges to look at in the applications. For example, the Common application asks about what awards and honors that I've achieved, but I felt like I didn't have enough of them to fill out the forms, and that I hadn't done enough community service to write in.Male1
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3011th gradehave meetings with individuals to ask them about plans after high school and help them explore colleges/make recommendations help students with their individual college admissions processMale0
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3211th gradeBe more helpful in planning of classes for preparation for collegesFemale0
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3311th gradeFemale
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3411th gradeFemale
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3511th gradeMale
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3611th gradethey could be more friendlyFemale0
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3712th gradeI feel that while there is definitly a general sense that getting a b is equivalent to failing at life, i think the guidance department could bring that point home a little more. for instance they could mention that people who get B's will probably end up as janitors while their more successful peers go on to be lawyers and fighter pilots. I also strongly recommend bringing back corporal punishment, their is no better way to motivate students then a good beating.Male3
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3811th gradeWe need more counselors. Honestly, for the # of students we have at this esteemed high school, counselors can be more accessible if we lower the student vs. counselor ratio. Thank you, and God bless.Male0
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4011th gradebe able to talk to students about their needs much quickerFemale0
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4111th gradeThere should be more access, especially during the first few weeks of each semester.Male0
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4211th gradeFemale
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4311th gradeMake sure that they are organized with appointments since I never receive warnings in advance of a meeting and have received notices of missing meetings despite never recieivng information establishing this meeting. Also, making sure that people for who email get hasty replies.Male0
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4411th grademeet more often throughout the year be more friendly come to work -- some counselors are never there when they're neededFemale0
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4511th gradeInstead of just accepting who they are, try to motivate them as well. Suggest internships and opportunities to students based on who they are.Male0
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4611th gradeWell at our school, a VERY academically prominent school and one that has been plagued with suicides and other problems, there are fewer counsellors than at almost any other schools... I have yet to find a person who can explain to me. Our counselors don't have time for us and cannot/will not help us. Reform would be great, because this counselor system is helpless.Male0
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4712th gradeMale
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4811th gradeMaking counselors more accessible to students would be better. This could be solved by having more than 6 counselors for 2,000 students. Seriously, it sucksFemale0
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4911th gradeFemale
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5011th gradeI feel like my counselor is always busy so it would be helpful if they could call us in when they are freeFemale0
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5111th gradeMale
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5211th gradeHave more frequent meetings with students, preferably before the end of first semester so if you're struggling in a first semester class, there is an opportunity to speak with them about that.Female0
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5311th gradeGuidance counselors talk to students moreFemale0
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5511th gradeI don't know. I don't usually go to the guidance counselor because I don't really have any issues.Male1
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5611th gradelist time for the SAT and ACT testsMale1
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5711th gradeMale
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5911th gradeMale
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6011th gradeMale
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6111th gradeFire (staff)Female0
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6211th gradeMale
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6311th gradeThe students should have more opportunities to talk about detailed information that has to do with them specifically when applying for a college, not just an hour per year to see what classes the students plan on taking next.Male0
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6411th gradeMale
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6512th gradeMale
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6611th gradeMale
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6712th gradeAnswering e-mails would be a really great improvement to the guidance department. I find that my schedule fills up and the only way I can get in contact with my counselor is through e-mail. I sent an e-mail at the beginning of January about help with the FAFSA and other various financial aid things and I still haven't heard back. Female0
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6812th gradeHire more Counselors so that each has more time and fewer students to deal with.Female0
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6911th gradebe more available during brunch and lunchFemale0
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7011th gradetalk to usMale0
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7111th gradeBe available for people who need help when they come in and not take us out of class if at all possible. Listen to student point of view and thoughts before suggesting options.Female0
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7211th gradeMale
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7311th gradeMeet more frequently with students More guidance counselors Change counselors only if students wish to Required meetings with studentsMale0
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7411th gradeFemale
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7511th gradeThe Guidance Counseling department can help more with switching/dropping classes to help with the process of transferring classes.Male0
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7611th gradeMale
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7711th gradeMale
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7811th gradeThe Guidance Department could offer easier schedule changing through emails and whatnotMale0
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7911th gradeMeet more to be more clear on our college path and optionsFemale0
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8012th gradeActually do your jobFemale0
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8111th gradeidkMale1
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8212th gradeMake more mandatory counselor visits.Male0
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8312th gradeFemale
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8412th gradehonestly, from what i hear around campus and from my own experiences the guidance department is a chaotic and unorganized mess of "help". A huge improvement would be hiring more counselorsMale0
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8511th gradenothing muchMale2
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8612th gradeFemale
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8712th gradeFemale
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8811th gradeMaking time to meet with a counselor is difficult. This is most applicable during the first few days of each semester. When i try to switch classes, i have been faced with a counselor who talks down to me. Although a student, I feel that I should be treated with more respect from my counselor.Male0
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8911th gradeThe Guidance Counseling department could make it easier to make appointments to see the counselors.Male0
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9011th gradeBe more connected with the students More required visits if students are uncomfortable going by their own accord (about college, other stuff)Female0
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9111th gradeTalk to me more about my summer program options instead of just saying that I need to do something this summer. I also think my counselor underestimates my academic abilities.Female0
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9211th gradeKnow your students names and bring them in more to discuss future plansFemale0
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9311th gradeThe counselors can help students be more informed about college requirements (classes, SAT I & II, AP tests) by giving out lists or links to specific resources.Female1
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9411th gradeI don't know. You tell me.Male1
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9512th gradeMore frequent meetingsMale0
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9611th gradebe more willing to meet with usFemale0
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9711th gradeI had a very difficult time meeting with my counselor. Finally, after many emails from me and my father, I was able to schedule an appointment. It was after I had already decided my classes for junior year and overall it wasn't too helpful. I feel like I barely know my counselor and I do not feel comfortable speaking with her about anything, even school related things, because we are so distant. It would be really nice to have some guidance and be able to talk to my counselor about personal issues but I think it would just be awkward because we don't know each other. I would really recommend getting more counselors so the student to counselor ration would be lower. I don't think my counselor would even recognize my face.Female0
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9811th gradeMy counselor doesn't know much about me, and doesn't make a strong effort to try to connect with me. Also if I had a dollar for every time I went to his office and there was an "Out to Lunch" sign, I would have 8 dollars. I would be able to buy his lunch and bring it to him while we had a meeting.Male0
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