If you find yourself struggling beyond your academics, at home or personally, Vista High School has a variety of resources and programs that can help.

Counselors are a great resource for Vista High School students. The Vista High School Counseling Department provides guidance on your educational goals, course planning, college and career planning and personal issues. Vista High School has six wonderful counselors. You have already been given a counselor based on your last name (see below). 

Mr. Magana serves students with last names “A to Co” 

Mrs. Peart serves students with last names “Cr to Ha” 

Mrs. Contreras serves students with last names “He to Mar” 

Mr. Santana serves students with last names “Mas to Rayo” 

Mrs. Simpson serves students with last names “Rayon to Sergeant” 

Mr. Muratalla serves students with last names “Serano to Z " In addition Mr. Muratalla serves students in the English Language Development (ELD) program and students in the foreign exchange program.

If you wish to meet with your counselor schedule an appointment with Nancy Gantevenacio in the office or email her at [email protected]

Character Leaders Peer-to-Peer Counseling 

If you are interested in speaking to a peer regarding problems or challenges in your life, please fill out the Character Leaders survey below.


Wellness Center

The goal of the Wellness Center is to support students and in leading healthy and balanced lives. The Wellness Center is designed to help students improve their self-awareness and relationship skills through classroom instruction, outreach (“coaching”), and restorative practices. The center focuses on helping students manage their emotions and impulsivity, increase their empathy and improve their ability to make responsible decisions. The Wellness Center is staffed by wellness teachers who work closely with the Health Office, counselors, social workers, school psychologists, and administrators.

Wellness Center Services include:

  • A safe place to develop, use, and reflect on the Habits of Mind
  • Restorative practices and circles
  • Stress management
  • Relationship / Social skills
  •  Conflict resolution 
  • Mindfulness training
  • Anger management
  • Health and nutrition awareness

Students looking to speak to a Wellness Center Coach should ask a teacher for a referral to the Wellness Center. Both virtual and classic meetings are available. Coaches will contact students via email to arrange a meeting time.

Vista Community Clinic

Treating students trauma, Depression, grief, anxiety,  self-harm, ADHD, and issues related to sexual orientation and the LGBTQIA community. If you feel that you could benefit from these services please fill out the refe form linked below.
See the Referral Form as well.

Boys to Men Mentoring Network

 Boys to Men Mentoring Network is a group mentoring program for boys to address their social and emotional challenges. Mentors work to create a safe-space for boys to talk about their challenges and wins, so they can see that they are not alone. Local community volunteers are there to guide discussions on topics from gang activity, depression/suicide, personal/home abuse and school performance. Our Mentors empower you to become the best man that you can be, by listening, encouraging and sharing their life stories. Currently they are holding virtual meetings. Boys to Men Mentoring Network is run by Atilla Tota in room T3.  Phone: 619-208-1758 or email [email protected]

North County Lifeline - North County Lifeline helps with youth development; diverting North Counties youth from crime, gangs and drugs, and providing a safe haven in local neighborhoods. Housing and stability; overcoming poverty with individual coaching, financial assistance and ongoing support. Child abuse prevention and intervention; ending the cycle of violence by providing in-home family support, parenting classes and positive relationship groups. Behavioral support; counseling children with serious mental health concerns, and supporting victims of human trafficking. North County Lifeline is based off campus but the Vista High School contact is Jennifer Hampton. If you or your family needs help please contact Jennifer Hampton at; Phone: 760-726-4900, or 760-842-6205 Email: [email protected]

Meetings are normally held once per week for a six-week session. Topics include to cultivate strong, cohesive families. To foster leadership in the community. Girls Power Hour. Anti-theft. Tobacco intervention. Decision making. Drug diversion. Anger management. Empowering young men. Social skills intervention.

McAlister Institute

The McAlister Institute provides professional services that heal the lives of individuals and families, improving the quality of life in our community. The McAlister Institute offers 24 programs for the prevention and treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. Each program is tailored to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by substance abuse. The McAlister Institute is based off campus but Ray Nicholson is the contact for Vista High School. He can be reached at; Phone: 760-726-4451, ext. 1902 or Email: [email protected]

Groups meet at 3:15 or 5pm, normally 3-5 times per week. Routinely a 90-day program for high school students.