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Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD

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Counseling and Guidance Department


For counselors to provide a comprehensive program to ensure every student maximizes growth in academic achievement, personal/emotional, and career development.

PSJA ISD students will have many opportunities to obtain necessary knowledge and skills in the areas of decisionmaking, goal-setting, problem-solving, communication and interpersonal effectiveness to become responsible and self-confident citizens.


Provide a collaborative/systemic approach to meet student needs

-Learning opportunities for all students 
-Appreciate different learning styles 
-Collaborate with families and stakeholders 
-Respect family values and beliefs

Academic & personal/social support

-Individual counseling 
-Small group counseling 
-Classroom guidance lessons 
-Crisis intervention 
-Identifying academic strengths and exploring career interests 
-Create individualized plans for academic success 
-Advisory and college readiness support

Support school staff, parents & community members to promote student success

-Conferences with parents and teachers 
-Help teachers and administrators understand individual student needs 
-Collaborate on interventions and strategies for students in need of support 
-Refer students to outside agencies and therapists when necessary 
-Provide parents with support when seeking help 
-Provide information regarding available community resources


Student and family privacy is very important. All information shared with a school counselor remains confidential unless: 
1) A student shares a plan to harm him or herself, someone harms them or if they plan to hurt someone else. 
2) There is suspicion a student may be a victim of abuse or neglect.

Counselor Directory

Contact us  

Virginia Saenz, Director

Phone: (956) 354-2088
Fax: (956) 354-3043

Address: 704 W. Ridge Rd., San Juan 78589