The Northwood Counseling staff will continue to provide comprehensive support for students in all areas (social-emotional, academic, college and career) while we continue distance learning. We understand that this may be a stressful time for students and will be available to assist students. Please email your assigned counselor if you need support. To find a student’s counselor, please click HERE. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response, with the exception of holiday breaks and weekends.


Course requests for next year will be available for viewing in Parent Portal starting Thursday, June 11 and will remain accessible through Monday, June 15. Please review your course requests to ensure accuracy. Listed below you will find additional information about some options you have regarding any desired schedule changes. 

Course Request Changes: If you would like to make a change to your current course requests or you are enrolled in a collapsed course, use the following link to submit your request. Please review the list of collapsed and closed classes before requesting a change to your schedule using this form. This form will remain open until Monday, June 15. It will be reopened in August prior to the start of the school year. Course request changes will be reviewed throughout the summer and changes will be made if possible and/or students will be placed on a waitlist if the course has been closed. NHS will accommodate as many students from the waitlist as space allows. Parents and students will be notified if any changes are made to their course requests. 

Students whose recommendations may have changed to an advanced course at the end of the school year and were confirmed by teachers, should request the change using the Course Request Change process.

AP Summer Assignments:  Please note that some AP courses have summer assignments.  Students should self-enroll in the Canvas course, “NHS AP Information,” by going to (Links to an external site.) and review the “NHS AP Information” page for specific course information. All resources are available on Canvas and no textbooks need to be checked out. 

Challenge Cards: NHS students are encouraged to pursue areas of high interest. Students not meeting the prerequisites for a requested course may submit a challenge card to NHS admin in order to petition enrollment. Using multiple measures of assessment, NHS admin will determine if placement in the course is appropriate. Classes exempt from being challenged include all Math courses (see district guidelines (Links to an external site.)), advanced Arts classes, and any class that requires an application/audition/try-out. Any request to skip a level will not be considered (e.g. from French 1 to French 3). Freshmen are not permitted to challenge their recommendations from middle school.

  • Students are limited to one course challenge per year.
  • Enrollment in the class is based on space availability and priority registration is given to students who have met the course prerequisites.
  • Requests for specific teachers or class periods will not be honored.

Challenge Cards will be available at the NHS front office starting Wednesday, June 10, and may be submitted to the front office throughout the summer. Students will be notified after their requests have been reviewed. Challenge Cards will not be accepted after the first day of school. Students submitting a Challenge Card, do not need to also submit a course request change.



Counselors will be available for scheduled virtual appointments throughout the Distance Learning period, with the exception of weekends and holidays. If you would like to schedule an appointment, email your counselor to set up a time. All meetings will take place on Google Meet or Zoom. Once a time is confirmed, counselors will send a link to join the meeting to students/parents via email. Students and parents will need to click the link in the email to join the meeting.

If you need mental health support during distance learning, please consider the following resources:

The following list of online therapy options is not a comprehensive list of providers in Orange County and is NOT a formal referral from IUSD.  Please use discretion in selecting a mental health provider. If you have private insurance, consider calling your carrier for a referral list that suits your child’s needs:  

NHS Counseling Program

Our Mission is to provide a comprehensive, coordinated counseling program addressing the academic, college/career, personal and social development of all students. We advocate for all students and believe that every student can achieve his or her maximum potential. In partnership with the Irvine Unified School District, parents, or guardians, and the community, the school counselors at Northwood High School ensure that all students have access to the skills and knowledge required to become productive and successful members of society.

For more information about Northwood's school counseling program, please review our Counseling Program Profile.


Each student is assigned to a TA class which they follow from grades 9-12. Each TA teacher is paired with a counselor. Click here to determine who your counselor is based on your TA teacher.

Click on Counseling Staff below for each counselor's contact information.


Counselors are available to see students on a drop-in basis before school, during breaks, during tutorial, and after school. Students can make an appointment with their counselor by asking them or emailing them. Parents may make an appointment to see their student's counselor by contacting them via email or phone. We always prefer that the student is present at meetings with parents, however, we realize there may be instances in which you want to meet with us privately.


Important dates for the 2019-20 school year

upcoming events






NHS Tutor Center

Need some extra help in a class? Come check out the NHS Tutor Center in Room 1105! It's open Monday-Thursday from 2:00pm-3:30pm, and is free for NHS students!