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Counseling & Support

Esperanza Counseling Services


All WUSD Counselors implement the MTMDSS (Multi-Tiered, Multi- Domain System of Supports) within each school counseling program. The services delivered to all Westside students are depicted below in this diagram based on tiered level support.

Suicide Prevention, Hope and Help Ribbon

"Suicide is a complex problem. Many factors can increase suicide risk, while other factors can help protect people from suicide (see Risk and Protective Factors page). These factors can change over time and vary across groups.

Many studies have explored ways to prevent suicide among different groups, such as college students, veterans, or patients. Findings suggest that many strategies can help prevent suicide—particularly when they are used together as part of a carefully planned program."

"The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) and its partners are coming together from September 11 to 16 to inform the public about simple actions that can support someone in crisis and help save a life. This September, during National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week, the Action Alliance is asking organizations to help educate the public about the role anyone, anywhere can play in being there for someone who is struggling or in crisis. Following are some ways to get involved:

  • Sign up for the National Suicide Prevention Week Thunderclap campaign.
  • Promote the hashtag #NSPW in social media posts.
  • Visit the Action Alliance website for information on partner campaigns focused on being there for others.
  • Post shareable social media icons on your social media channels.
  • Download and customize a National Suicide Prevention Week Facebook frame."


School psychologists, nurses, counselors and specialists in Speech/Language/Hearing and adaptive physical education are available to provide a wide variety of support services for students.

Student Study and Child Study Teams assist students experiencing academic difficulty, those with special needs, assessing eligibility for placement in special classes and recommending specialized services as needed. Special services and classes are offered for students with learning disabilities as well as other students with exceptional needs.

After school and/or lunch time tutoring was offered at all sites. Ten days of intersession support was provided for middle school students during spring and summer intersession. An extended school year program is available for those students with disabilities who qualify. At the middle school, math support classes are available for those students needing additional support.

Bilingual paraprofessional support staff provide assistance in the classroom for English Learners. These services are also available for students participate in our Home School program.

208 students received Supplemental Educational Services, additional academic instruction designed to increase the academic achievement of students in schools that have not met State targets for increasing student achievement (adequate yearly progress) for three or more years. SES was provided in the form of after school tutoring.