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School Counselor

Our students are assigned to counselors, according to last name. Counselors are here to help students succeed in school and in life! Need someone to listen? Talk to us.

South High School Counseling Program Mission Statement

To support South High School’s mission by providing comprehensive, developmental counseling services, with a particular emphasis on eliminating the racial achievement gap and support all students in creating a positive, productive life for themselves beyond high school.

South High School Counseling Program Vision Statement

We want to educate lifelong learners through critical thinking, providing challenging curriculum and helping students discover their passion, embrace different cultures and have a curiosity about the world around them.  We want to ensure that every student is college and career ready.

We'll help you with:

-Academic assistance.
-Tracking progress toward graduation.
-Opportunities to make up credits.
-Letters of recommendation and planning life after high school.
-Ways to get involved and connected to the South High community.
-Problem-solving and decision-making strategies.
-Referrals for support, including mental and chemical health services.
-Challenging life circumstances.

To see us, first make an appointment with a counseling clerk:

-Before or after school, or during passing time.
-During the school day, you'll need a pass from your teacher.
-If the matter is urgent, inform the clerk. We'll do our best to see you immediately.

We also organize academic planning events, listed here and on the main school calendar.

CEEB Code 241-675



School Counselors are out of the office for summer break until August 9th.

If you are inquiring about Summer School, see the following information.

  • Session 1 (June 21 - July 2) - ONLY for rising Seniors (Class of 2022) and graduating Seniors (Class of 2021)
    Doors open at 8:00am for check in.
  • Session 2 (July 6 - July 15)
  • Session 3 (July 19 - July 29) 

Classes are Monday-Thursday.

Classes will be synchronous – which means that students will be required to attend the scheduled class daily.

  • Period 1: 8:30 – 10:00
  • Period 2: 10:05 – 11:35
  • Lunch: 11:35 – 12:05
  • Period 3: 12:05 – 1:35

Depending on what you registered for classes will be in person at South, Edison or online.

You will receive your schedule and bus card when you check in on the first day of class.

If you are inquiring about final transcripts, see the following information.


  • Final transcripts were sent out in mid-June to wherever Seniors wrote in on the 12.7 Senior Exit Survey.  If that choice has changed, please email your School Counselor and Mr. Palmquist at
  • If you are a Senior who graduated during Summer School, Mr. Palmquist will be able to get you a diploma and send a final transcript when he returns in August.

As a reminder, you must be officially placed at South by the MPS Student Placement Office before you can enroll at South.  MPS Student Placement is open throughout the summer and can be reached at 612-668-1840.


Schedules will be available on the student portal closer to the start of the school year.  If you are emailing regarding a schedule change, please note that I am unable to take change requests over email or voicemail.  Students need to follow the South Schedule Change Request process, which begins after school has started.  More information on this will come out at a later date.




Academic Planning Night 2/2/21 Information

Counselors met with families to discuss academic planning for the 2021-2021 school year on 2/2/21. Be sure to check out the Counselor Video Recordings, Slides and Q&A to review the important information.