2018 BPJH

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Buena park
junior high school
School Counseling Program Profile
6931 Orangethorpe Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620 Buena Park Elementary School District (714) 522-8491

School Website Homepage
principal's message
Our school counseling program is committed to the well-being of all students by providing academic, career/college, and social/emotional guidance.

Our counseling team collaborates with all school personnel, families, and the community to address student needs and increase the opportunities & resources needed for student success.

Through the aforementioned services, our counseling team fosters a supportive and safe learning environment at BPJH for students to become responsible and productive members of our increasingly diverse society. Overall, we aim to educate, motivate and inspire students to be global citizens.

Our school counseling program changes lives by providing all students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners and successful self-advocates for their futures.

Principal Erik Bagger
Who is the counseling team?
Counselors have 15 years of combined work
 experience & offer services in English, Spanish & Korean.
Jodie Reddingius
School Counselor
Esther Park
Erik Bagger
Polyn Spirtos
Assistant principal
Bertha Gomez
Health Clerk
Bertha Chavez
School Counselor
Susan Lara
Donna Spiva
Jennifer Navarro
Tyler Morgan
Assistant principal
Clerk Typist
Billingual Spanish
Jodie Reddingius
School Counselor
[email protected]
[email protected]
What services do we provide?
ASCA Aligned:
The Buena Park Junior High School Counseling
Program abides by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Ethical Standards for School Counselors.
School-Wide Programs
  • Suicide Prevention Week
  • 8th Grade Parent Night
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support
  • Mentor/Mentee Program
  • College/Career Week
  • Red Ribbon Week
Individual Counseling
  • Social/emotional
  • Academic
  • Career
  • College
Group Counseling
  • Girl's Group
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Skills
Direct Services
  • Individual counseling
  • Small-group counseling
  • School-wide programs
  • Individual student planning
  • Classroom core curriculum
  • Check-in/check-out
  • Crisis interventions
  • Conflict mediations
  • Restorative practices
  • Staff/parent consultation & collaboration
  • Classroom observations
  • 504/IEP/CAST/SARB meetings
  • Program management
  • Data collection, analysis, & reporting
  • Professional development
  • Outside referrals
Indirect Services
Core Curriculum
  • Stress Management & Coping Skills
  • Transition to Junior High
  • Transition to High School (A-G Requirements)
  • How to study tips
Student Success Data
61.8% of 6th grade students correctly calculated a Grade Point Average (GPA), compared to 7.8% prior to the lesson plan.
91.1% of students know that A-G requirements are needed to attend a 4-year university (UC or CSU).
  • Taught how to calculate GPA
  • Provided with a sample 4 year plan
  • How to transition to junior high and high school skills
  • Informed about the Peer Tutoring Program, and Cal State Fullerton's After School Education and Safety Program
All students are:
College & Career Week
Over 800 instances of student participation in College & Career Week activities, such as the Interview Friendship Game, Write a Letter to Your Future Self, and the College Door Decorating Competition.
Buena Park Junior High School hosted its 8th Annual College and Career Night in 2018. Over 15 college and career representatives came to provide students with the information necessary for post-secondary exploration.
Students reported an increase of knowledge in coping skills from 25.1% to 62.3% after classroom curriculum lessons.
Individual & group counseling is provided to students who need further support for their social and emotional well-being.
Students have access to 2 full-time school counselors, 3 outreach counselors, 1 school psychologist and 1 counseling intern.
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Mentor/Mentee Program
Peer Tutoring
Students raised $3,305 for UNICEF for hurricane/earthquake victims, created a Talent Show that raised $350 for the LGBT Center OC, and more.
Students volunteer to help their peers on Monday's & Wednesday's at lunch in the library. Tutoring is open for all students and provides them with tutoring in whatever subject they may need help.
Established mentorship program for select students that connected them with faculty & staff. Approximately 88% of our students found the mentorship programs to be helpful.
Partnerships & Resources
These partnerships & resources provide our school with academic support, mentoring, and additional counseling. For more information, please contact: Jodie Reddingius at jr[email protected]
On-campus resources provided to students to support their social, emotional, behavioral & academic success.
Off-campus resources & partnerships that support the well-being & growth of all students.
Off-campus counseling services that can provide students with support regarding mental health, behavioral issues, substance abuse, and more.
If you are interested in becoming our partner or working with our programs, please contact:
Buena Park Junior High at (714) 522-8491
or email Jodie Reddingius at [email protected]
Technological resources provided for students and their parents/guardians to keep updated on grades, behaviors, assignments, etc.
Students LOVE US
How has the school counseling program impacted your life?
8th Grade Student
6th Grade Student
The school counseling program impacted my life by changing the way I interact with people, my feelings for people, how to read body language, and how to react to other people's feelings.
The school counseling program encouraged me to be more positive in life, and to be more observant of my surroundings, and to be better at my grades.
The school counseling program impacted my life in a very amazing way. When I first came into counseling, I was really unsure about it. Then she helped me open up to myself and others. I am so thankful for this program.
8th Grade Student
8th Grade Student
The school counseling program has impacted my life because it has helped me get into the AVID program, which has helped me realize how important my grades are and everything I do in my life.
Contact us
Please allow staff 48 hours to respond to all phone calls and emails.
(714) 522-8491
[email protected]
[email protected]
School Website Homepage
Counseling Calendar
This School Counseling Program Profile was designed by Elizabeth Santos and updated by California State University, Long Beach School Counseling Intern Ricardo Sparks.

This Profile's 3rd Edition was redesigned & published by California State University, Long Beach School Counseling Intern Eleni Richards.
Funding for the publication of this profile was generously provided by the CSU Collaborative for the Advancement of Linked Learning