• Vista Murrieta High School Counseling Mission:

     Inspire all students to navigate life's challenges, realize that adversity is a great opportunity to learn, model dignity, teach students to self advocate, and DREAM BIG!

    VMHS Counseling Team:


    Demetrius Caldwell  A - Cr 
     East Hall 
    Dione Tyler  Cu - Hi  West Hall    Dion Tyler  
    Karen Candaele  Ho - Mi  West Hall    Mrs. Candaele  
    Gabriela Arizola  Mo - Sa  East Hall    Gabriela Arizola  
    Claudia Hill Sc - Z   West Hall    Mrs. Hill  
    Diana Ruiz   AVID  East Hall    Mrs. Ruiz  
    Aurora Padilla   Academic/Intervention  East Hall    Mrs. Padilla  
    Eric Peterson Special Projects West Hall  

    Mr. Peterson


    The counseling team provides a comprehensive guidance program for every student, addressing students' academic, career, and personal development. Our counselors conduct various forms of student advisement and counseling: Grade Level Presentations, Evening Workshops, Classroom Lessons, Group Counseling, and Individual Counseling. Each year student's individual four year plans are reviewed with a counselor and appropriate educational adjustments and or plans are made to ensure future success in areas of interest. (Download Four Year Plan) Every counselor possess specific areas of expertise which all of our students are encouraged to access.

    How Can Parents Access Counseling? 

    Due to extensive responsibilities with students, parents must call and make an appointment in advance to meet with counselors when the need arises. Availability is determined by individual counseling activities scheduled during the year. We will make every attempt to accommodate parents work and student schedules to be available. For an appointment or immediate assistance please contact Catherine Whitaker, East Hall ext 6676 or Jaqueline Moran, West Hall ext 6690.

    Student Support Groups on Campus 

    VMHS offers many activities and support groups on campus that can be accessed through the counseling team: PLUS, Link Crew, Breakthrough, and individual support groups (Grief, Anger Management, Healthy Relationships, Getting Connected, Study Skills, and Socialization)


    Career Counseling


    All students are guided through a four year career development plan that addresses the scope of the school to career transition. We give all students a number of opportunities to increase their awareness of their own gifts, interests, strengths, and develop their abilities as it applies to connecting to the world of work. Our counseling team targets the blending of the many forms of training & education, when working to find a match for your students career needs and dreams.


    Social Media

    VMHS Counseling Department now has a Facebook Page. This is a great way to learn about upcoming events and deadlines. Please click on the link below and "like" the page:
     Vista Murrieta High School Counseling Department


    Important VMHS Academic Facts

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Requirements For High School Graduation and UC/CSU Admissions

Last Modified on November 4, 2019