The Waterford Unified School District employs a comprehensive approach to effectively support students and help them become well-rounded and successful citizens.

Each of our schools has access to a School Psychologist, Behavior Support Program Specialist (BSPA), Mental Health Clinician, and more, including access and information regarding outside agencies within the City of Waterford and the County of Stanislaus. Teachers and staff refer students to the appropriate support personnel as needed.


Any student or guardian may fill out the Student Support Services Referral Form to request additional support from the school for Attendance, Behaviors, Mental Health Services, or other resources (LEFT).


Our academic counselors help navigate the course requirements necessary to graduate High School and equip students to pursue their college or career of choice. Some of the things academic counselors assist students with include the following:

  • Enrollment and class selection (ballots)

  • Finding careers of interest

  • Selecting Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment Courses

  • Selecting a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway

  • Creating resumes and applications

  • Finding and applying for scholarships

  • Navigating Financial Aid

  • Finding and applying for trade schools, colleges, and universities

  • Finding and applying for internship and work experience opportunities


Both social skills and emotional maturity are necessary for students to succeed in school and life. Social-emotional skills help students engage, interact, and build relationships with other people. Some of the social-emotional skills we work with students to develop are the following:

  • Self Awareness

  • Self Management

  • Social Awareness

  • Building and Maintaining Healthy Relationships

  • Responsible Decision Making


Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well being. If affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Not everyone experiences mental health conditions in the same way, but everyone struggling with their mental health deserves help.

Talking about mental health can be difficult for adults, and much more so for students.


Depression is among the most common mental health conditions experienced. It is a complex medical illness that significantly interferes with an individual’s ability to function, enjoy life, and feel like themselves. A number of factors may contribute to a person becoming depressed; genetic predisposition and stressful life events can certainly play a role, but sometimes depression can occur without an obvious cause. This means that anyone can become depressed, even those who seemingly have every reason to be happy.

Here are some of the most common symptoms that point to the presence of depression. Experiencing any one of these symptoms on its own does not constitute depression; a diagnosis of depression requires several of these symptoms to occur for at least two weeks.

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt, moodiness, anger, or loss of interest

  • Trouble concentrating, difficulty making decisions, trouble remembering, thoughts of self-harm, delusions or hallucinations

  • Substance abuse, withdrawing from people, missing commitments

  • Lack of energy, unexplained aches or pains, changes in appetite, weight loss of gain, changes in sleep patterns

If several of these symptoms are present for more than two weeks in yourself of your child, then it's time to talk to a trusted adult or doctor.

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