Counselor's Corner

Welcome to the High School Counselors’ Corner.

Peyton Junior-Senior High School counseling department Mission Statement

Our mission as a counseling department at Peyton is to equip students with confidence to meet challenges that require assertive communication skills, healthy boundaries, and emotional intelligence skills. Every student is provided with an opportunity to find effective coping skills, exercise confident decision-making skills and collaborate with peers. With the support of the community, school and families’ students are encouraged to be successful life-long learning.

Peyton Junior-Senior High School Counseling Department Vision Statement

The goal of the counseling department at Peyton Jr-Senior High School is to equip students with effective communication skills, by boundary setting and building confidence. It is our goal to support students’ academic, social/emotional and career goals through a comprehensive, proactive, and adaptive school counseling program that is accessible to all students.

Our goal is to support students’ academic, social/emotional and career goals through the following: providing comprehensive guidance lessons that are proactive in building healthy boundaries, effective communicative and emotional intelligence skills; collaboration with students, families, and staff during times of stress in order to help meet challenges.

Risk or Safety Concern?

If you have imminent risk concerns for your child and/or a student during non-school hours (4 p.m. to 7 a.m.), contact 911.

If you have concerns related to a possible safety issue during non-school hours, contact:

Safe2Tell: 1-877-542-7233

El Paso Country Sheriff non-emergency: 1-719- 520-7100

Peyton High School Graduation Requirements

  • 4 years English
  • 4 years Math
  • 3 years Science
  • 3 years Social Studies – Civics and American History required
  • 1 year Computers
  • 1 year Fine Arts
  • 1 year PE
  • Academic Electives
  • General Electives

Higher Education Admission Requirements

  • 4 years English
  • 3-4 years Math – Algebra 1 and higher
  • 3 years Science – 2 years must be lab based
  • 3 years Social Studies – 1 year American History or World History
  • 1 year foreign language (minimum)
  • 2 years Academic Electives (minimum)

NCAA Eligibility Information

For more information, go to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Career Start (formerly AVP) Program Tour

Every year, Pikes Peak Community College hosts a college tour for students interested in attending Career Start (formerly AVP) the following year.  Peyton High School participates in this tour.

Typical Available Programs to Visit:

  • Auto Collision
  • Auto Service
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diesel Power Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Health Careers/Exploration
  • Interior Design
  • Multimedia Graphic Design
  • Radio and Television
  • Music Careers
  • Welding
  • Zookeeping

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Right now there is a huge movement in Colorado to help our communities and schools understand mental health.   Unfortunately Colorado is one of the states with the highest rates of suicide in the nation.  Therefore there is a huge push to help everyone better understand mental health in an effort to be proactive for our youth.  Here are some resources:

Parents are you looking for a way to find out information about the appropriateness of movies and apps that our kids are seeing/using?  This is a great website –Common Sense Media – with many tips to help you be more informed about the things our kids are watching and playing.  You can sign up to receive newsletters that will give you information on current hot topics as well.  It is easy to understand and is put into terms that us “non-techies” can understand!

Charine Chase

Lindsey Shoemaker, College and Career Readiness Advisor

Deb Pope, M.S., School Psychologist


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