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40 Developmental Assets

The 40 Developmental Assets have been identified as the building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible. Check out a weekly Asset Newsletter for tips on building these assets in our youth! 




For specific course descriptions and information please see this link to the AUSD Course Catalog

Resources and Links


FINANCIAL AID - all financial aid (start on January 1st) - scholarships

Allen, Alexandra
Brown, Kamara
Foston, Elizabeth
Whittington, Ruth
Woodall, Emily
Counselor House 3 and ACE Academy


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Alexandra Allen - Business Academy 9-12 and House 1 Seniors

Elizabeth Foston - Law Academy 9-12 and House 2 Seniors

Emily Woodall - ACE and Bio-Tech Academy 9-12 and House 3 Seniors

Ruth Whittington - Performing Arts Academy 9-12 and House 4 Seniors

Kamara Brown - Non-Theme Academy 9-11 

Wolverine Walkthrough Dates for 2016-17

Please come to the South Gym to begin the Walkthrough Process


Seniors and Juniors

Thursday, August 4th 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Friday, August 5th 9:00am to 1:00pm


Sophomores and Freshmen

Monday, August 8th  9:00am to 1:00pm

Tuesday, August 9th 4:00pm to 7:00pm


Class of 2020 Freshman Orientation - South Gym

Friday, August 12th 9:00am to 1:00pm

An updated schedule will be available during Wolverine Walkthrough

If you have selected any of the following classes


  • Work Experience
  • Off Campus
  • Link Crew
  • Leadership
  • Yearbook
  • TA/Office Practice
  • Cosmetology
  • Library Media Assistant
  • Independent Art

If you are auditioning for any of the following classes

Results will be posted after auditions


  • TV production (DVTV)
  • All levels of vocal choir
  • All levels of dance



*AP contracts must be submitted by April 22, 2016.*

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LMC Concurrent Enrollment Procedures

Are you interested in taking classes at LMC during the school year or over the summer? LMC offers concurrent enrollment for DVHS students at a reduced cost - only $1 per unit! 

You MUST speak with your counselor before enrolling in any LMC course. DVHS recognizes some courses for grade recovery and others for elective credit only. Your counselor will sign-off on any concurrent classes. 

Below is the link for the LMC instructions - the concurrent enrollment form MUST be signed by a counselor before you may enroll. 

The Role of a DVHS Counselor

School Counselors support the developmental and academic needs of students. Counselors collaborate with school staff, administration and the parent community to ensure the integration and alignment of the school counseling program with the mission of the school. School counselors deliver prevention and intervention services that support the academic, career, personal, interpersonal and healthy development of all students. Prevention and intervention services include academic advocacy, classroom/group guidance lessons, individual student planning, staff and parent consultation, school program support and crisis response. 


Counselor Ms. Alexandra Allen 

Alexandra Allen grew up in the Central Valley in Fresno, CA. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, and received a BA in Communication Studies. After graduation she mentored students in elementary, middle and high schools while working at the Fresno Convention Center. Alexandra received her M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis in School Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services  from Saint Mary's College. She was a counseling intern at Deer Valley for the 2013-14 school year and went on to be a counselor at Dallas Ranch Middle School before returning back to DVHS for the 2015-16 school year. Alexandra loves working with students and especially enjoys supporting and guiding students towards reaching their goals! In her spare time she participates in a choir, and likes traveling and exploring nature. 


Counselor Ms. Elizabeth Foston

Elizabeth Foston grew up in sunny Southern California in the O.C. and Torrance areas. she attended Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles where she earned her B.A. in Sociology/Criminology in 2001. After relocating to Northern California in 2006, she decided to continue her education and earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a PPS Credential from the University of San Francisco in 2011. After graduating, Ms. Foston began working as a School Counselor at Jesse Bethel High in Vallejo and at the Solano county Juvenile  Hall, before arriving at Deer Valley High School. Ms. Foston has extensive experience in the areas of restorative justice practices, college and career counseling and Link Crew. Elizabeth really enjoys working with high school students and motivating them to be the best person and student they can be. She believes that, "if you put your mind to it, and stay focused on your goals, the possibilities are endless." In her spare time Elizabeth values the time she spends hanging out with her family, shopping for sneakers and Hello Kitty memorabilia, travelling locally and abroad, and eating at different local restaurants. 


Woodall Emily.jpgCounselor Ms. Emily Woodall 

Emily Woodall grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. She attended CSU, Chico and received a BA in Communications Studies, a minor in Spanish and graduated with Honors in General Education.After graduation she worked in hospitality as a Concierge in Napa Valley before returning to Chico to pursue her graduate degree. Emily received her M.S. in Educational Counseling and Counseling Credential from the University of La Verne in 2010; she worked in the Chico area as a School Counselor and Behavior Intervention Specialist for Live Oak Unified School District as well as the Youth Development Coordinator for the REACH Coalition for 3 years before moving to Antioch to work at Deer Valley in 2013. Emily loves working with High School students and especially enjoys helping students define their life’s ambitions and reach their goals! In her spare time, she enjoys listening to live music, singing and playing guitar, and pursuing landscape and architectural photography.


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Ruth Whittington grew up in Southern California. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and earned her B.S. in Social Science. She received her M.S. in Social Work from San Francisco State and her M.S. in Counseling and Counseling Credential from Chapman University. Ruth has worked at Deer Valley High School for 9 years and has been an integral part of building a strong counseling program. Ruth worked as a Social Worker for 14 years in San Francisco and San Luis Obispo County. She likes working at a high school because she enjoys the age group and feels like it is good combination of social work and education. Ruth is currently pursuing her 3rd advanced degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family including hiking, biking and kayaking. She also enjoys traveling outside of the U.S. to explore other cultures.  


Kamara pic.jpgCounselor Ms. Kamara Brown

Kamara Brown was raised in Antioch and graduated from Antioch High School. She attended UC Santa Barbara and earned a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Education and Applied Psychology. As an undergraduate student, Kamara was involved with greek life and became a member of Gamma Phi Beta. While in school Kamara worked as a high school mentor for Chumash Indian high school students and was a test proctor for students with learning differences. After graduation, Kamara returned to Antioch and began working for AUSD as a Bilingual Aide for Special Day classes. Kamara earned her Master's degree in School Counseling Psychology and School Counseling Credential from the University of San Francisco in May 2016. Kamara enjoys working with high school students and helping them to succeed academically and plan for the future. Her interests include planning for life after high school, multicultural and identity issues. When she is not at DVHS, she enjoys last minute adventures, hiking, baseball games and interior design. 

DVHS Counseling Intern Staff

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