Student Support Services

Mrs. Struck, our Student Services Specialist, is here to listen to you and answer your questions in a safe atmosphere of acceptance, non-judgment and confidentiality concerning the challenges you’re facing.  She can help with topics including:
  • Having a parent lose their job and your family needing help with groceries or other items
  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed, down, or anxious
  • If you’ve started vaping, drinking alcohol, using marijuana or other drugs, or if you have questions about someone else who is
  • Solving arguments or misunderstandings with friends or loved ones
Through one-to-one conversations, meeting other students in small groups who are experiencing or who have overcome similar life difficulties, and by knowing who to connect to in the community you’ll gain the tools necessary to navigate through these times. Please email Mrs. Struck, or call to leave a message at 858-748-0245 x5394

Student Services offers some of the following services/programs:

Peer Counseling

75 students around campus help with new students, students needing someone to talk to, tutoring, conflict mediation, and students needing a boost. Applications to be a Peer Counselor are available during the month of November for the following calendar year. In addition to the peer counselors, Sherry Lockie teaches a 5.5 period counseling skills class that teaches the same techniques as the peer counseling program. For more information contact Sherry Lockie at  Applications will become available at the end of October and can be found on the peer counseling webpage.

Tobacco, Drug and Alcohol Education - Classroom presentations, referrals, cessation support groups.

There are several, great online resources to get information with everything from Vaping to use of other substances. For example, the Partnership for Drug Free Kids provides education, support and guidance to families struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance use. Here are links to a just a couple of topics available on their site, along with some links from other organizations. 
The Teen Vaping Trend – What Parents Need to Know
With the recent Monitoring the Future Study release indicating that nearly one in three 12th graders reported using a vaping device in the past year, it’s imperative that parents are informed of the potential dangers that can result from vaping.

Websites with Information on Vaping: Other information can be accessed from the Resources for Students and Resources for Parents tabs. You can also contact Sharon Struck, CCPS, Student Services Specialist at Poway High,, 858-748-0245 x5393 for a confidential conversation.  Student Services is here to help.

Tutoring Program

Free Tutoring is offered after school in the Library every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. on school days. The tutors are students in the National Honor Society club. Most subjects are covered.
Paid Student Tutoring
We also have a list of students who will tutor outside school hours, away from the campus, for a fee. Students determine where and when they can tutor, and for how much. To get the list, please contact Jaime Brown in the Titan Center.
Tutoring Services

We have flyers in the Counseling Office for local services that offer student tutoring.


Grief Counseling

 We can help students understand and get through a difficult period in their lives. Services by adult Counselors as well as Peer Counselors.

Counseling Referrals

 If a student and/or family needs help obtaining outside counseling, we give referrals to the Caring Connections Center, which provides free counseling services (through our grant). We also have referrals for outside sources.

Character Education

Character education helps get messages such as trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, and citizenship to the student body.

Conflict Mediation

 Our staff and/or peer counselors are available to work with students having conflicts with others (peers, teachers, parents, etc.).

Friday Night Live/SAVE Promise Clubs

The Friday Night Live Club is a club promoting fun alcohol/drug-free activities. The mission of Friday Night Live is to build partnerships for positive and healthy youth development, which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities.

SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Clubs are a place for young people across the country to show their leadership, creativity and passion for protecting their friends, schools and communities from violence before it happens.  
Sharon Struck is the advisor.  Friday Night Live with SAVE/Promise Club meets on Tuesdays at lunch.

Graduating Seniors Needing Financial Assistance

Seniors needing financial assistance:  if you would like help with cap/gown, prom, Grad Nite or yearbook should visit the Student Services office.  Students should be in good standing (2.0+ GPA, no U's on report card).  For more information, contact Sharon Struck at sstruck@powayusd.comh.

Titan Ambassadors

Senior Titan Ambassadors are selected by nominations from teachers based on their strong academics, leadership, ethics, and activities. These students put on assemblies at local elementary and middle schools. This program is partially funded by the PTSA and Visual Photography.

Our office is funded through generous donations.

Programs and extensions of student services  are funded mostly through donations. If you would like to help by donating, checks can be made payable to the Poway High Foundation, earmarked for Student Services and sent to 15500 Espola Road, Poway 92064, c/o Student Services or by direct donation:   We appreciate your support.
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