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Ms. Fernandez Letter to Parents

Dear Poly High School Family


The Royal/Gold Academy team welcomes you to a fantastic school year full of Poly Pride! Our center is comprised of four counselor’s two 11th grade counselors Mr. Collins (A-L) and Ms. Jay (M-Z) and two Senior Counselors,  Ms. Fernandez (A-L) and Ms. Jose (M-Z).  Each Counselor is assigned to students by last name by alphabet. One Center Coordinator, a Dean of Students, and an two Assistant Principals. Collectively, our staff works diligently with students and parents to empower students and foster a college and career ready program.  The goal of the Center is to provide a personalized counseling and guidance experience to each student on campus to foster socio-emotional support and promote college and career readiness with the ultimate goal of maximizing student potential. Due to starting off the year online this has been one of our challenges years  reaching out to your students. We hope that we can have the parent support in guiding your student to graduation this year and helping us keep and open communication regarding concerns and issues that might arise.


Your child will need to pass all courses each year and earn a specific amount of credits to promote or advance to the next grade level in high school: For a student to Promote to 10th grade, they need to earn 50 credits by the end of 9th grade, for a student to Promote to the 11th grade the student will need to earn 105 credits by the end of 10th grade, to be Classified as a 12th grader. The student must have 160 credits by the end of their 11th grade.  Your child will need 210 credits in specific courses to graduate along with meeting non-course requirements which include identifying a career pathway and completing a service learning project.  Each student is given an (IGP) Individual graduation plan from 9th grade to 12th grade and this plan is reviewed with the student twice a year to make sure they understand where they are in graduating.

The following is the required classes all students needs to complete to be able to graduate from high school

History: 3 Years

English:  4 years

Mathematics:  3+ Years

Science:  2+ Years

Language other than English:  2 Years

Visual Performing Arts: 1 Year

College Elective Prep: 1 year

Physical Education: 2 years

Health: 1 Quarter

Service Learning Project: Completed by the end of senior year.

CTE Completion

These are the bare minimum requirements to graduate High School. Any additional course your student taken in any area will give them an advantage to be accepted to a 4 year University.

 We will be reviewing your child’s IGP (high school/college) with your student in the fall and we will be meeting with them in the spring to ensure your student is meeting the requirements needed to graduate and be college/career ready. If you would like an appointment to review your student’s graduation plan, Email me at Lynn.x.fernandez@lausd.net or call the Royal and Gold Academy at. 818-394-3910


Ms. Lynn Fernandez     Lynn.x.fernandez@lausd.net

12th Grade Counselor   Caseload (A-LO)               

Ms. Laura Jose   jose@lausd.net

12th Grade Counselor

Caseload (Lu-Z)                    

Ms. Avilene Espinoza  axe86392@lausd.net   11th/12th Grade Coordinator             

Mr. James Deschenes   


11th /12h Grade Dean         

Ms. Chi Sun Chang


Assistant Principal of Secondary Counseling Services (APSCS) & 11th/12th Royal Administrator


Ms. Elieen Hiss


Assistant Principal of Pupil Services and Attendance & 11th / 12th Gold Administrator


Mr. Gil Collins


11th Grade Counselor

Caseload (A-Lo)

Ms. Lisa Jay Donley


11th Grade Counselor

Caseload (Lu-Z)


Office Hours

Please make an appointment through email or phone, 818-394-3600.  Counselors are available during the instructional day.  If you would like to reach them beyond the instructional day, please reach out Mon-Thurs. during the following hours: 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Fridays 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


If you would like to reach out to the counselor via Zoom office hours, please see dates/hours/link below:


Tue/Thu 11:20 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.


Or Call during instructional time (626)408-8761