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Academic Services

The mission of the Academic Services Department is to provide and utilize technological and human resources that facilitate learning and ensure the efficient delivery of these services.

There are five different units under the umbrella of the Academic Services Department.  They include:


The Registrar’s and Admissions Office is a service unit that is responsible for maintaining, updating and evaluating the academic records of students. The services cover areas of admission, enrollment, graduation, school records, and other related tasks including liaison with other schools and government agencies such as the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Bureau of Immigration (BOI). 

The Registrar’s and Admissions Office is committed to the pursuit of excellence. As such, its mission is to provide accurate and timely dissemination of information, consistent with quality service, that are responsive to the needs of the community. In meeting its mission, the Registrar’s and Admissions Office provides leadership and assistance in the development and modification of policies and procedures that will best serve the faculty, students, alumni, parents, staff, and members of the general public within the parameters established by law.



A unit under the Academic Services Department that is composed of 15 Guidance Counselors/Mentors, one (1) SPED teacher, one (1) office Secretary and one (1) Unit Head.

Philosophy Statement

The De La Salle Santiago Zobel School Counselors & Mentors believe that:

  • All students are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect;
  • All students have the right to a safe and nurturing learning environment, which supports the development of the whole self;
  • All students have the right to timely, accessible, high quality, and culturally appropriate mental health care;
  • All students have the ability to maximize their unique skills and talents, and achieve their full potential given appropriate opportunities and support; and
  • The school, home, and community share responsibility in ensuring all students succeed in school.


The De La Salle Santiago Zobel School Counseling Program facilitates the holistic development of the students who are academically competent, emotionally & mentally well, and career ready as they live the Lasallian values.  It empowers students to be actively engaged with their own formation in order to competently manage the challenges of school life and the ever-changing world and to thoroughly prepare them for long-term career success and active participation in transforming society.

Mission/General Objective

The De La Salle Santiago Zobel School Counseling Program is committed to the pursuit of academic achievement and the formation of the whole person. The comprehensive school counseling program enhances the academic, personal/social, and career development of the students in collaboration with the school, home, and community. It creates meaningful opportunities for students to learn and apply life skills useful and relevant for responding to current and emerging student needs, and in preparing for adult life.

Specific Objective

The School Counseling Program aims to provide opportunities that focus on enhancing the students’ abilities in terms of academic, personal-social, and career development. 

Academic Development

  1. To help students identify and understand their academic strengths and weaknesses. 
  2. To assist students to explore opportunities in coping with the academic demands of schoolwork and/or extra-curricular activities. 
  3. To give support in the students’ realization of academic achievement and increase or maintain motivation for student success. 

Personal-Social Development

  1. To aid students in self-exploration and self-appreciation. 
  2. To increase students’ self-understanding and decision-making skills. 
  3. To enhance the development of the students’  social and leadership skills. 
  4. To help increase students’ awareness of the  Lasallian Core Values. 
  5. To further motivate students to imbibe and practice the Lasallian core values in their day-to-day lives.

Career Development 

  1. To help students discover their abilities, interests, and aptitudes for work. 
  2. To improve career decision-making skills particularly to graduating high school students. 
  3. To develop a deeper appreciation of one’s choice of work and its contribution to the larger society.

Implementing Guidelines for SCO Programs and Services

Program Title and Description

1. Individual or Grouped Interview  Sessions and Student Planning

  • Interviews are conducted to gather information, establish rapport, & get to know students. This is carried out through initial,  routine, and exit interviews. Student Planning & Inventory involves a systematic accumulation of meaningful information in recorded forms. These are attained through interviews, standardized test results, academic records, personal data forms, and rating scales. These data are used in planning student interventions to aid students toward academic success.

2. Individual or Grouped Counseling & Follow-up Sessions

  • This is considered the heart/main service of the School Counseling Office; Counseling by groups or individually enables the students to discover their strengths and limitations, explore options and solutions available to a problem to make the necessary adjustments.

3. Student Advising/Consultation Services

  • This is to guide students in decision making, to answer queries, to provide one-on-one information, and to assist the students with difficult tasks

4. Management of Students with Special Needs

  • This is to provide accommodation for students with special needs. Collaboration with parents, teachers, and other stakeholders to address the needs of students enrolled in the program is usually done to ensure quality service and assistance.

5. Peer Facilitation

  • Counselors also serve as moderators to different clubs and organizations that provide training and conduct peer facilitation.

6. Psychological Assessment

  • The School Counselors assist in the dissemination and interpretation of the test results.

7. Consultation Services

  • This involves regular collaboration with administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and co-counselors usually held for referral, counseling, and follow-up purposes. The School Counselors & Mentors are also in constant consultation with the administrators on related matters that require institutional and departmental decision-making

8. Referrals

  • Students requiring special attention are directed to the level counselor after consultation between the counselor and parents, teachers, and/or administrators. Cases needing further interventions are referred to a psychologist, psychiatrist, and/or other allied specialists.

9. Guidance Curriculum

  • Guidance Curriculum and lessons are delivered through classroom instruction. Classes are scheduled on a regular basis. Classes cover topics that help inform students on topics and lessons based on three (3) domains: academic, personal-social, and career that are aimed at maximum development of students’ potential and skills.

Scheduling & Implementation

Individual or Grouped Interview  Sessions and Student Planning, Individual or Grouped Counseling & Follow-up Sessions, Student Advising/Consultation Services, Management of Students with Special Needs, & Peer Facilitation: 

  • Conducted by the Guidance Counselor/Mentor and MSSN-in Charge 
  • Plotted schedule any day of the week or during  Wellness Wednesdays without interfering with the regular schedule of classes
  • ALL students and parents are requested to accomplish and sign the ONLINE COUNSELING INFORMED CONSENT FORM and email the signed copy to or directly to the Guidance Counselor’s email to allow them to conduct these services.
  • Guidance Counselors/Mentors will schedule an appointment with students/parents via email or messaging platforms and conduct the sessions via online video using Google  Meet.  
  • For students with Mental Health-related concerns, parents are expected to submit an updated report to the Guidance Counselor from their specialist/doctor every term (1st,  2nd & 3rd).
  • For students with Special Needs (e.g. Behavioral and Learning), parents are expected to submit an updated report to the MSSN-in-Charge from their specialist/doctor twice per school year (1st & 3rd term).

Psychological Assessment:

  • Upon release of the results of a Psychological  Assessment from the Testing Office, the counselors may assist in the interpretation of the result.

Consultation Services: 

  • Students/Parents may request a scheduled consultation with any counselor or the MSSN in-Charge via email to ph and by sending an email/s to the counselor/MSSN-in Charge and they will, in turn, arrange for a Google Meet session.  
  • Click this link to the SCO google website and  go to the contacts page to access the email  address of your level Guidance Counselor/ Mentor and the MSSN-In-Charge 
  • Guidance Counselors/Mentors or the MSSN In-Charge may also request for a scheduled consultation with any parent by sending an Email, Canvas chat message, or Google Chat message.


  • Self-referrals/walk-ins are when students want to directly speak with their counselor for a  concern, they may do so by sending an email or a message via Google Chat, Seesaw, or Canvas.  
  • Internal referrals are when parents or any  Lasallian Partner would want to refer any  student for counseling, they may do so by  sending an email or a message via Google chat, Seesaw, or Canvas 
  • Click this link to the SCO google website and go to the contacts page to access the email address of your level Guidance Counselor/ Mentor
  • External referrals are when counselors refer any student to a specialist or doctor in coordination with their Parents/guardians. Scheduled as needed.

Guidance Curriculum:

  • Topics for Guidance classes may include: Parents/Students Orientation on SCO Programs and Services, Guidance  Classes on Resilience, Virtual Career Tours,  Career Development Programs, Webinars, &  Promotion of Programs like S.A.F.E. (School  Aiming for a Friendly Environment), W.A.K.  (Wonderful Acts of Kindness), My Lasallian  Journey and the like.
  • Classroom Guidance classes are regularly held, scheduled, and/or plotted within the week in collaboration with the Principals and Coordinators for Student Affairs & Formation (CSAF).


    • The Instructional and Performance Assessment Office (IPA) is an institutional assessment, evaluation, and research support office of De La Salle Santiago Zobel School. It aims to provide accurate student and employee data on performance and evaluation to help refine instructional practices, measure student progress, and improve school programs and services. Its mission is to support DLSZ strategic directions through its service program which is designed to facilitate data-driven decisions about school services and instruction. The IPA office works closely with the School Counseling Office, Admissions Office, HRMOD, and the Academics Department to provide for their assessment needs, delivers the evaluation services of the institution, and collaborates with the administrators and faculty on research projects and studies endorsed by the school president.
    • IPA Office Program and Services include the following:
      • Assessment of cognitive and socio-emotional functioning of students 
      • Measurement and monitoring of student’s school abilities and achievement
      • Career planning assessment of the Junior High School students and support in SHS placement
      • Admissions assessment of student applicants
      • Pre-employment assessment
      • Student evaluation of the High School faculty
      • Evaluation and monitoring of effectiveness of school programs and services
      • Referral assessment for students with learning difficulties
      • Provides related webinars and trainings for the faculty and students
      • Inclusive support services for Br. Rafael Donato FSC Night High School (BRafeNHS) students
      • Research support for the faculty and staff
      • Scanning services
    • Specific Objectives of the Student Services Program
      • Grade School: The focus of the IPA program for the Grade School is to gather information about the readiness of students for learning and in gauging their proficiency level in the different learning competencies on major subjects. It also emphasizes on understanding a student’s current emotional and social state to gain a holistic perspective on student learning and development.
      • Junior High School: The IPA testing program for Junior High School underscores assessments for career guidance and readiness for Senior High School. Students are given several standards-based and standardized tests all throughout JHS to help make informed decisions in choosing a SHS strand in Grade 10. Learning assessments are conducted twice yearly to provide diagnostic information and proficiency level in the different learning competencies that include information about the 21st century skills. Study strategies of students are ascertained as a complementary data on achievement of academic related goals in the online distance learning program.
      • Senior High School: The testing program highlights the  determination of the College readiness of the SHS students. Student’s learning competencies are further assessed to know about their strengths and weaknesses in the different subject areas. These can guide students to make an informed decision about choosing a college course of which they will likely show potential. Additionally, student learning strategies are determined to assist in achievement of academic goals in either the online distance learning or face to face set-up.

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