Stephanie Sachs


  • 27 years of experience as a public high school guidance counselor
  • 6 years as an External Reader for UC Irvine Admissions
  • Over 20 years of experience working with first- generation, families of different income level and under represented students and families
  • Member of the First Orange County Career Pathways Counseling Professional Learning Community
  • Assisting in the development and writing of district's College and Career Readiness Curriculum
  • BA in Deaf Studies
  • MS in Educational Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential
  • My key strengths: Empathy, Commitment and Dedication



About Stephanie

I come from a family of educators. The question growing up was always, “Where are you going to college?” That is where it all began. Researching colleges and universities on my own was an adventure I enjoyed. Putting the pieces together was a process that was fulfilling. Now being a high school guidance counselor for over twenty-seven years, I get to do what I love every day. I enjoy being able to assist students and their families. As a lifetime learner, I am dedicated to keeping up with current trends and changes in the college process and will contact universities if I have a question. I attend annual in state college conferences along with SAT and ACT workshops. As a mother of two adult children, I have assisted them in the college seeking adventure. My son graduated a year ago and my daughter is a junior. I am a very proud mom. I enjoy learning everyday and spending time with my husband and our two black pugs.


  • MS in Educational Counseling


  • Pupil Personnel Services

Professional Affiliation(s)

  • Orange County California Association of School Counselors (OCCASC)
  • Making Waves Foundation for College Counselors

Counseling Style

My belief is that everyone is unique and so is their journey in life. By actively listening to students and their families I can better assist them in a more manageable college process by getting to know them. My mission is to assist students to find the right academic, financial, and social college path. Whatever path it may be, I will assist the students and families to every opportunity made available. There might be different routes a student can take to reach their goals and I will be there to guide them as well empower them.

This is an amazing time in the students’ life. So much is discovered and learned during this process. It is an adventure that doesn’t have to be a scary one. It should be an exciting one. I am here to assist you through the process.


“I couldn’t have applied for Quest Bridge, the CSS Profile, Financial aid, the Common App along the many other college applications without the help of Mrs. Sachs. I could come into her office all stressed out and I would leave with a sense of accomplishment. She just knew how to put me at ease.”

-Senior 2016

“My daughter is a first generation student and we didn’t know how to help her with any information about college. We knew that we wanted her to go but didn’t know how to get started. Mrs. Sachs was so helpful and was able to explain each step in a very clear and simple way. We are grateful for all of her assistance, support and patience.”

-Senior 2015

“Mrs. Sachs was so helpful with my son’s college exploration. She made herself available to assist him and us with the many questions we had. She helped us navigate the websites. If she didn’t know something about the university she would call the school right then and there. We appreciate all of her hard work.”

-Senior 2017