The mission of our counseling department is to assist students in being holistic learners by pursuing academic excellence and integrating self-advocacy and leadership. The counseling staff provides support to every student and parent/guardian in academic, personal/social, and career counseling. Together with all communities, the counseling staff collaborates to encompass a positive and innovative learning environment, highlighting a college-going culture.


Through partnerships with all key stakeholders, St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy Academic & College Counseling Department will prepare students to become graduates who will emerge poised to succeed in college, career, and life. Our students will advance and prosper in order to contribute to the global community. We believe all students can succeed and we support the pursuit of their goals by:

  • Discovering purpose
  • Encouraging self-actualization
  • Promoting balance
  • Teaching advocacy


  • Ms. Maldonado, 9th & 10th Grade Early College Program Counselor [email:]

  • Ms. Valenzuela, 9th & 10th Grade Counselor, Dead of Student Success [email:]

  • Mr. Velarde, 11th Grade Counselor [email:]

  • Ms. Elefante, 12th Grade Counselor [email:]

  • Ms. Turcios, Onwards Scholars Program Director [email:]


There are 2 counselors from CPLA on campus and they are located in office 123. Their schedules are as follows:

  • Emily Welch, Mondays and Wednesdays 7:30am-3:00pm
  • Kenia Garcia, Tuesdays and Fridays 7:30am-3:00pm


Students are welcome to schedule an appointment to meet with their counselor. To schedule an appointment please contact your grade level counselor via email or use the appointment request sign up form located inside the counseling department offices. Students may also visit the College and Career Center (CCC) during the designated hours of operation to receive support from the Counseling Department. Please Check your College & Career Google Classroom frequently to receive updates and information from the Counseling Department.


Parents are welcome to schedule an appointment to meet with their son/daughter's counselor. To schedule an appointment please contact your son/daughter's grade level counselor via email or phone. The Counseling Department can also respond to your questions via email. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response. Throughout the school year the Counseling Department will be hosting a variety of events dedicated to providing parents and students with information and support.


Throughout the year, the Counseling Department gives many presentations to students and parents about academics and college readiness. Refer to the weekly update and school calendar for more details.

Financial Aid

First page of the PDF file: FAFSA1

Counseling Partners of Los Angeles (CPLA)

Requesting Letters of Recommendation