Orange Grove High School offers a variety of counseling related opportunities for our students. Group counseling address areas such as: smoking cessation, anger management, alcohol and drug related issues, domestic violence, loss issues, teen dating, effective communication skills, and more. Individual counseling is offered and is as individual as our students.
We are always looking for students interested in becoming ‘mentors’ to our local junior high ‘opportunity’ kids. Our youth have been inspiring to the younger youth within our district and we hope to continue this positive interaction.
Student Success Team meetings (SST) are held upon request to assist students, parents and teachers with providing the best educational/personal educational opportunities.
Academically, students can meet with the counselor to determine credit status and set new goals towards obtaining a high school diploma. In addition to our regular schedule here at OGHS, students may be able enroll in Career Technical Education (CTE) classes, adult education (night school), an independent study course, Cali-Greens, or Riverside Community College (RCC) concurrent enrollment. Most of our students enrolled at Orange Grove come to us with a severe credit deficiency, therefore many of these programs offer opportunities to assist them with their goal of making up credits and ultimately graduating.
At the age of 14, Ms. Kirkemo’s only dream was to become a school counselor. After high school, she attended San Diego State to studied Psychology and Child Development. In May 2009, she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree and then started her masters one week later at Chapman University in Orange, Ca. During graduate school, Ms. Kirkemo was hired as a substitute counselor at Centennial High School. After she received her master’s degree in counseling, Ms. Kirkemo worked as a teacher, an elementary school counselor, and then a high school counselor at a continuation school in the desert. Ms. Kirkemo loved the continuation population because she felt like she could make a difference, so she took a job with the Riverside County Office of Education working with foster youth. She learned a lot about social services and the county, and was reconnected with CNUSD when she served on the Norco College Foster Youth Success Committee. When Ms. Kirkemo was offered the position at Orange Grove, she jumped at the chance, and loves every minute of it!