Comprehensive Counseling Program

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Brookings-Harbor High School Counseling Program is to provide a comprehensive, developmentally sound program that addresses the academic, personal/social, community and career development needs of all students as they develop into well-rounded individuals, responsible and contributing citizens, productive workers and lifelong learners.

Counseling Program Philosophy

The philosophy of Brookings-Harbor High School’s Comprehensive Counseling Program is an essential and integral part of the schools educational program. It exists in order to promote the students’ abilities to live, learn, work and contribute to their communities. We understand that counseling and guidance is vital for our students to achieve personalized, relevant learning and to develop meaningful plans while in school and beyond.

We believe…
• Growth and learning are developmental therefore the counseling program must be developmental and sequential.
• The program helps each student prepare for successful transitions
• Education, vocational, and personal objectives are attainable y all students.
• Counseling and guidance is a service coordinated with and implemented by all school personnel.
• Students can become effective, responsible, productive, life-long learners.
• Program content must be integrated into the curriculum.
• Successful completion of the program goals must involve parents and the community.

Counseling Department program and services fosters a warm, welcoming inclusive environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. 



The District Wide Comprehensive School Counseling Program is an essential and integral part of each school's educational program. School counselors are certified/licensed educators uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students through the school counseling program addressing the academic, career and social/ emotional development of all students. The Counseling Department program and services fosters a warm, welcoming inclusive environment free of discrimination on the basis of individual’s perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, familial or economic status. 

Academic Counseling

Students are encouraged to talk with a school counselor, teachers and building administrators in order to learn about the curriculum, course offerings, graduation requirements, and student progress. All students in grades 9-12 and their parents shall be notified annually regarding available courses for students. School counselors are available to support individual students through goal setting, advocacy, and academic planning. Students who are interested in attending a college, university or trade school, or pursuing some other advanced education, should work closely with their school counselor so that they may take the courses that will best prepare them for further educational opportunities. School Counselors can also provide information about the process of admissions, financial aid, athletic eligibility, and entrance examinations required by many colleges and universities.

Career & College Counseling

Students can access school counselors and staff in the Counseling office or Bruin Career Center for their career and college planning needs. A wide range of career information is available supporting students' post-secondary options including college, university, community college, trade school, apprenticeships, military, internships, certificated programs, and the workforce. The Bruin Career Center hosts a variety of programs and presentations for student access to information and skills needed to be productive citizens. The Bruin Career Center works in community partnerships with ETS/TRIO, ASPIRE and Work Source Oregon; program representatives are available to assist students in a variety of career and post-secondary planning. These programs are providing a service and student information may be shared. A parent can opt their child out of participation with these partnership program representatives. 

Personal (Social-Emotional) Counseling

A school counselor is available to assist students with social-emotional concerns and needs. A wide range of topics, including  such areas as relationships with peers and/or family, college and career, goal setting, decision making, interpersonal skills, school and social related issues, crisis, and drug, alcohol or tobacco dependency. Short- term counseling is provided, counselors may also make available information about community resources for long term support.


The following are some of the frequently asked questions by students, parents and staff. The most common are addressed below, others are addressed in the subpages. If you have further questions please contact the Counseling Office.

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How do I meet with my counselor?

Students should sign the appropriate appointment book, on Mrs. Speir's desk, before or after school, lunch, between classes or during morning office hours. This will alert the specific Counselor that an appointment needs to be set. You will be given a reminder note to show your teacher then use your agenda book as your hall pass at your scheduled time. Students can also stop in if the counselor’s door is open or can ask Ms. Speir to schedule an appointment. 

Parent/Guardians may call for an appointment at any time.

How do I get my Power School password and log in to see current grades?

Students and parents have separate access to the Power School Portals so they have different IDs and passwords. To find out your information contact the Counseling Office, Administrative Secretaries or the BHHS Library Aide. A Power School link is on the district website’s homepage and the Counseling Center homepage.

I need a schedule change for the upcoming school year, how do I do this?

Because students and parents will have early access to their class schedules through Power School (Internet Portal) schedule changes should be requested prior to the first day of classes each semester. Students need to plan carefully and make wise decisions. Keep in mind that requests can be denied if the reasoning isn’t appropriate or if a class is full.

How do I get an official copy of my transcripts?

Brookings-Harbor High School has partnered with Parchment, http://www.parchment.com, to order and send your transcript and other credentials securely. Effective February 1, 2022, Parchment’s standard transaction fee for transcripts will be $4.15. Transaction fees for Enrollment and Graduation Verifications will remain unchanged.

If you need a new/replacement diploma there is a $15 fee and you must allow 10 working days.  Forms for ordering transcripts or diploma requests are in the Counseling office or call 469-2108 ext 4012.

Who can I contact to find out how my student is doing in his/her classes?

Please contact teachers directly regarding your student’s progress. You may contact them through the high school’s website via e-mail, http://www.brookings.k12.or.us/bhhs/bhhs.html or telephone (541) 469-2108.

If you have broader concerns regarding your student’s academic or personal success you may contact the counseling office.

As a senior what is the first thing I should be doing to plan for post-secondary education?

Seniors were encouraged at the end of their Junior year to spend the summer visiting and researching possible post-high school educational interests.

The following is a general guideline to follow during your senior year:

September………….Register to take the SAT in October, November, or December at www.collegeboard.com
…..Sign up with ASPIRE/Recruit Hippo and Trio in the Counseling Office for more one-on-one assistance

Sept/Oct……………Complete & submit any trade, college, university, community college, work force, apprenticeship, application by the end of October. Submit to 3 to 5 schools/programs that you are considering. Most applications are now on-line. You can use computers in the Bruin Center to assist you if needed.

October 1.………….Complete & Submit FAFSA. Parents and students should work together on this. Use of prior year's tax numbers will be needed. www.FAFSA.ed.gov  

Nov/Dec…………….Take advantage and attend Financial Aid workshops at the high school or Southwestern Community College. Begin Scholarship searches.

Jan/Feb…………….Complete Scholarships: OSAC, BHSF, Bruin General, and others. Visit the Bruin Center, your counselors, and this site for links and downloads. …..Update FAFSA if needed

March/April…………Wait on financial aid & scholarship information
…..Keep grades up, get any credit recovery done, and finish strong.

May 1.……………..Notify most colleges/universities of intent to attend. …..Notify Counseling of scholarships, post-secondary decisions.

…..Request final transcript sent to your chosen college/trade school

Where can I find out about scholarships and financial aid?

There are several resources you can go to for this information; make an appointment or drop into the Bruin Center. Ms. Gregory with Trio & Ms. McMullin with Aspire & Recruit Hippo are located in the Bruin Center. We encourage you to search on-line, contact colleges of interest, or visit the financial aid page on their websites. The Bruin Center has college, university, trade school, military, apprenticeship, internship, work force, and certificated program information available. Bring your chromebook with you to work on.

When and Where is graduation?

For the class of 2024 Graduation is Saturday, June 8th at 2:00pm at Elmer Bankus Field. Mandatory Practice will be on Friday June 7th at 9:00 a.m. All seniors must plan to attend.

When does the school year end?

Wednesday, June 14th is the last day of school for students. Teachers finish up grades and room clean up on Thursday, June 17th. Administrators, counselors and administrative office staff remain an additional week. Check the current calendar on the district website www.brookings.k12.or.us

What are my graduation requirements?

Standard & Modified Diplomas

24 Credits- see curriculum guide for specific credit requirements
Oregon Essential Skills- Meet in Reading, Writing, and Math
Personalized Learning Requirements- Completion of CIS Portfolio and EA Service Learning Project

If you have a question you think needs to be here let us know!

About Our School

Brookings-Harbor High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school enrolling 500 students in grades 9-12. Brookings-Harbor High School is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) a division of AdvancED a national accreditation & school improvement community.

About Our Community

Brookings is a rural community along the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast six miles north of the California border. The mild climate, beautiful coastline, friendly people, and many scenic and recreational amenities make this community a great place to live.

About Bruin PRIDE

Bruin “PRIDE” is at the core of Brookings-Harbor High School.


Challenge yourself to do your best; keep on trying; think “I can do it!”; help each other; finish what you start, even when it’s tough; set goals and achieve them; work with your teachers to succeed. 

Use passing time and break to take care of personal business; be respectful to everyone on campus, even when you’re having a tough day 

Cheer for your teams whether they are winning or losing. 



Treat teachers, classmates, staff, guests, and property with respect; Use appropriate language; follow classroom rules; make room for others; eat only outside of classrooms. 

Make room for others in the hallway; make respectful comments to others, using appropriate language 

Cheer for your classmates and teams.



Strive to learn; participate positively in class; care about giving the chance to learn to others; always do your own work and resist the temptation to cheat; be trustworthy and truthful. 

Clean up after yourself; care about others’ rights to feel safe and secure; honor your commitments and arrive to class on time. 

Participate positively; make an effort to attend school events and support your school; cheer and show positive enthusiasm for your class and your school.



Be open to considering ideas that are different from your own; be accepting of all of your classmates; strive to learn from those whose lives or perspectives are different from yours. 

Create a welcoming atmosphere. 

Welcome presenters; welcome others to sit with your group.



Arrive to class on time every day; have all classroom materials ready when class begins; be ready and willing to learn; plan ahead to complete your assignments; participate in classroom activities and discussions. 

Show pride by wearing school colors and support your school positively;expect everyone involved, including yourself, to act appropriately; encourage those who are presenting and participate when you are asked to. 


These are all common values that we (students and staff) strive to achieve each and every day.

BHHS Student Services

Bruin Center

625 Pioneer Road 

Brookings OR  97415

main:  541-469-2108  

fax: 541-469-0176 

The Counseling and Bruin Center staff work as a team, communicating daily to meet the needs of our students.  You are welcome to contact any member of the counseling staff.  Each staff member’s primary responsibilities are identified so you can most effectively direct your questions, concerns and needs.

Who's Who:

  • Kristi Fulton, Counselor (A-K) 
  • April Hendrix, Counselor (L-Z)

Academic, Career, & Personal/Social Counseling

Academic Concerns & Issues

Student Support Groups

504 Coordinator


Post High School Planning Advising

Colleges/Financial Aid/Scholarships

Student Scheduling & Registration

Personal Education Plan (PEP) development

Graduation Coordination & Planning

Link Crew- New Student Orientation

Post-Scholars Program

PowerSchool Scheduling

Work Experience

Teacher Assistant Program (T/A’s)

Testing Site Administrator-SAT/ACT/ASVAB/AP

SAT/PSAT/ACT/AP Waiver Distribution

BHHS Tutors

  • Ashley Pruitt, Registrar


Student Records

Counseling Appointments

New Student Registration

Proof of Enrollment


Graduation Supplies/Caps & Gowns

Graduation Coordination & Planning

Powerschool Portal Identification/Password                                

Course entry and set up                       


  • Brandy Speir, Counseling Administrative Assistant

BHHS Testing Contact

Post Scholars Program Contact

Bruin Center Advisor

Career/Post-Secondary Trips and Visits

CIS- Log In/Support

Career Planning

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Information on Post-Secondary Options

College/University, Junior College, Trade School, Military, Work Force, Apprenticeships

PowerSchool Support

Bruin Career Center


  • Liz McMullin- Aspire/Recruit Hippo


  • Krystal Gregroy -Trio 


College & Career

Internships/Workplace Experience

SATs/ACTs/ Placement Tests Waivers

Financial Aid & Scholarships

1st Generation Prospective College Students

Aptitude & College Testing 

Matching mentors with students

Financial Aid & Scholarships

College & Career Readiness