A new breed of consultants--those who help teen-agers through the rigmarole of college applications, financial aid forms and standardized tests--may soon face competition from the Capistrano Unified School District. The district has tentatively decided to open a free counseling center outside the high school.
The district's proposal, which awaits confirmation from the board of trustees July 21, would place a full-time guidance counselor and a part-time psychologist in a San Juan Capistrano storefront office. The pair would offer career and college guidance. The office also would set early morning and evening hours so working parents could come with their children, said William Eller, assistant superintendent of instructional operations.
In effect, the outside counseling center would be "private, more individualized and go further" than high school counseling services, Eller said.
School officials say the center is not aimed at taking away business from private consultants. "I'm sure there will still be parents that will take their kids to educational consultants. We feel we can provide the same services at no cost," Eller said.