"The mission statement for Brownell Middle School’s Counseling Department is to provide a school counseling program that cultivates and inspires continual growth and resilience. Throughout middle school, we will assist our students with their academic, social-emotional and college & career readiness. We are committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders, as we are all invested in our students’ success."

The CSU requires a minimum 15-unit pattern of courses for admission as a first-time freshman. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C or better is required for each course you use to meet any subject requirement.





History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government AND 1 year of social science)



English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature)



Math (4 years recommended) including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year)



Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science)



Language Other Than English (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable - See below about a possible waiver of this requirement)



Visual and Performing Arts (dance, drama or theater, music, or visual art)



College Preparatory Elective (additional year chosen from the University of California "a-g" list)


​​​ ​​Total Required Courses​​​


Counseling Department Goals

  • To assist students with educational, college, career and personal goal planning.
  • To provide College and Career Awareness information and presentations.
  • To help students understand themselves and others.
  • To assist students with conflict resolution.
  • To facilitate the identification of students with special needs.
  • To provide crisis intervention when necessary.
  • To coordinate referrals to school and community support services.
  • To serve as a resource to students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Message from the Counselors: PSAT scores are available online.  An email was sent to you with instructions via email.  You will get a paper version along with actual tests later.  If you need help creating a College Board account, please see your counselors or download the instruction below.

Accessing PSAT on-line - CLICK HERE


Kara Armijo

Kara Armijo 
Ms. Armijo assists students with last names beginning with A-M.

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Ms. Armijo


Carlos Trujillo 
Mr. Trujillo assists students with lasts names beginning with N-Z and Spanish speaking students.

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Mr. Trujillo