Hello! My name is Efren Castillo-Arce and I am the School Counselor at Scholarship Prep South Bay. For more information about myself and the services offered as the School Counselor please visit my website here

¡Hola! Mi nombre es Efren Castillo-Arce y soy el consejero escolar en Scholarship Prep South Bay. Para obtener más información sobre mí y los servicios ofrecidos como consejero escolar, visite mi sitio web aquí.

Please see below to learn more information on the counseling program and family resources. 

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How does the School Counselor work with students?

Classroom Guidance LessonsSmall Group CounselingIndividual Counseling
Classroom guidance lessons are delivered to all students and are aligned with the ASCA National Standards. These lessons provide information and support for academic, social, and personal development. Topics may include career awareness, test-taking and study skills, developing a positive self-image, goal setting, conflict resolution, and friendships.

Small group counseling offers the opportunity for students with similar concerns or goals to learn and talk with each other in a safe and fun environment. Topics may include friendships, leadership, grief/loss, changing families, study skills, and organization.

Individual counseling is available to all students to discuss academic, personal, and social issues. School counseling is not therapy, but brief, solution-focused support for a problem that may be affecting their achievement and focus in school.

Who can refer my student for school counseling services?

Both teachers and parents can refer a student for counseling services. Once the referral is received, I will call the parent to gather more information. A consent form must be signed before a student can begin counseling. To fill out a referral, please use the links below:

¿Quién puede recomendar a mi estudiante para los servicios de consejería escolar?

Tanto los maestros como los padres pueden recomendar a un estudiante para recibir servicios de consejería. Una vez que se reciba la remisión, llamaré a los padres para recopilar más información. Se debe firmar un formulario de consentimiento antes de que un estudiante pueda comenzar con la consejería. Para completar una referencia, utilice los enlaces a continuación:

Parent Referral Form (Español)
Parent Referral Form (English)Staff Referral Form
Student Self-Referral
Contact information: 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (424) 251-9089 ext. 7010

Parent/Family Social Justice Resources
Human Trafficking - Volunteers of America

Mental Health Support:


Suicide Prevention Lifeline

LA County Department of Mental Health
The Trevor Project
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741

The Trevor Project