Mission Statement

The mission of the School Counseling Program of Rancho Middle School is to provide a comprehensive program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students.

The school counselors will work in partnership with other educators, parents/guardians, and community contacts to support students. This partnership will help ensure that all students at Rancho Middle School have the opportunities they need to acquire the knowledge and skills to meet their highest potential, become lifelong learners, and responsible, contributing citizens in our community.

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Student Support

As you are well aware, our middle school students vary developmentally in their level of independence, social and emotional well-being, and ability to manage unstructured time and stress. While we are being very cognizant to not overwhelm them, we want to be proactive and anticipate support for you in the event that it becomes too overwhelming, for whatever reason, at home. Below are some resources that might be helpful:

  1. Tools for Self-Care: Self-care Toolkit at
  2. Tips for Managing Anxiety and Stress: How Centers for Disease Control Help Page for Managing Anxiety and Stress Over the Coronavirus
  3. How to talk to Children about COVID-19: For “Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource”, go to Talking to Children About COVID-19 or
  4. Tips for coping with stress: SAMHSA Fact Sheet with tips for coping with stress during an infectious disease outbreak: Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  5. Helpful coping strategies: Coping Strategies
  6. 30 Activities we can do for our emotional health: 30ThingsWeCanDoForOurEmotionalHealthSELResourceSheet.pdf
  7. Resources to Support Conversations about Race and Racial Equality


Seeking Community Mental Health Providers

As a reminder, please access your regular mental health provider for support. If you have private insurance, consider calling your carrier for a referral list that matches your child’s needs.

For those who are seeking alternatives, here are some on-line therapy options:

  1. Good Therapy:
  2. Talkspace:
  3. BetterHelp:

The above list is not a comprehensive list of providers in Orange County and is NOT a formal referral from IUSD. Please use discretion in selecting a mental health provider.


Operation School Bell
Assistance League® of Irvine is starting our annual Operation School Bell Program, which provides new school clothes, shoes and backpacks to income-qualified IUSD families.  OSB will be done in a safe environment following COVID protocols. OSB will begin January 19, 2021 and go through April 3, 2021. To learn more about this program and fill out the new online, fillable OSB Application, click:

Assistance League of Irvine
Operation School Bell



Information for next year will be posted at the end of March and can be found under the enrollment tab. 


Student Resources


Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19


Getting The Most Out Of Your eLearning Course: 10 Study Tips For Online Learners




Nondiscrimination Statement

The Irvine Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities including membership in student clubs shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, ethnic group identification, immigration status, age, religion, actual or potential parental, family, or marital status, or the exclusion of any person because of pregnancy or related conditions, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The District does not discriminate in enrollment in or access to any of the activities and programs available. Admission to these programs is based on age appropriateness, class space, interest, aptitude, and prerequisite coursework where applicable. The lack of English skills shall not be a barrier to admission to or participation in the District’s activities and programs. The Irvine Unified School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.*

*The full Nondiscrimination statement can be found at and Board Policy 5145.