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Community resources


The counselors assist students and families in need of support. Listed below are community agencies the counselors help connect families with. 


hotlines and websites


Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center



Masada Homes



Richstone Family Center



Centinela Youth Services



Inglewood Mental Health



Vital Intervention Directional Alternatives



South Bay Center for Counseling



The Gathering Place






National Parent Helpline






Love is Respect



Suicide Prevention


Suicide Hotline




Welcome to the Counseling Department

Counseling Staff

The Counseling Department provides assistance to our students in order for them to have a successful three year experiences at JAMS. We recognize that the middle school years are an opportunity for positive growth during the often challenging transition through adolescence. Ms. Saldana and Mr. McCann focus on assisting students during this transition by focusing services on meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of the students.

Counseling Mission statement


We believe all students have the potential to be successful with guidance and support. We strongly believe in reaching the whole child by promoting academic achievement and cultural awareness while meeting their personal/social needs. We strive to prepare all students to be lifelong learners who are ready to succeed in today's society. 


Support groups


During the school year, the Counselors offer small group counseling for skill learning. Group topics are listed below, but are not limited to these topics. Groups are offered based on need. These groups include academic guidance, peer relations/social groups, grief, communication skills, and positive coping skills. 


Classroom guidance


The counselors conduct a series of classroom presentations to all grade levels on a variety of topics aimed at providing academic, career, and social/emotional guidance. Guidance lesson topics include career exploration, high school planning, character education, bullying, sexual harassment, and peer helping skills. In addition to providing valuable information to students, these lessons provide an opportunity for the counselors to build rapport with the student body.


Email your counselor

Arelly Saldana
  • 8th Grade
  • 6th Grade - Team Harvard and Princeton
Steven McCann
  • 7th Grade
  • 6th Grade - Team Yale
Social Worker

School Site Social Worker

For more information on mental health counseling and counseling groups, please visit the Student Support Services tab.