Our Counselors work with students, parents, and staff to promote academic success and prepare students to become contributing members of the community. Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for students to develop their social-emotional skills and achieve their full potential."

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Counselor Referral Form

Guidance counselor

My name is Kiani Ruiz and I was born and raised in San Diego, California but have lived in Hawaii, Peru and now reside in Utah. I graduated from Brigham Young University-Hawaii in 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and am looking to pursue my Masters degree in the upcoming year. I love to spend time with loved ones, go to the beach and travel in my free time. 

My ultimate goal and passion is to be an advocate for Mental Health within the Polynesian/Latino communities and help minorities receive equal access to Mental Health resources. And being fluent in the Spanish language has been a tool for me to open more doors and opportunities. I adore each student here at Pacific Academy and strive to get to know them on a personal level. I serve as a support to them on their emotional and academic journey to becoming our future leaders.

Our goal as counselors is to work with students, parents, and staff to ensure student academic success and prepare students to become respectful and contributing members of the community. 

Success is a Journey, Not a Destination

Tips for Success:

  • Stay Organized: Organizing your binder, desk, etc. makes everything easier and will help get work done faster. Below is a checklist to print out at home to help stay organized.

    Organization Checklist

  • Practice Good Habits: Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a great source to read up on how students can be successful in life and in the classroom. 
  • Mamba Mentality: One of the greatest examples of success is the legendary Kobe Bryant. “Mamba Mentality is all about focusing on the process and trusting in the hard work when it matters most,” 

Learning today, for a better tomorrow

Your Learning Style:

  • Your Learning Style: Knowing what type of learner you are can help significantly in the classroom. Below is an at home checklist for parents to download and see what type of learner their child is.

you should set goals beyond your reach

Preparing For High School: 

College and Career Prep Information:



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Upcoming Events

May 27, 2024
    • Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

    May 27, 2024

    • GOTR

    May 27, 2024 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

May 28, 2024
    • Early Out Every Day (1:40)

    May 28, 2024 - May 30, 2024 | 

    • 8th Grade Banquet

    May 28, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

May 29, 2024
    • Early Out Every Day (1:40)

    May 28, 2024 - May 30, 2024 | 

    • Kinder Graduation

    May 29, 2024 | 10:00 am - 10:45 am

    • 8th Grade Promotion

    May 29, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

May 30, 2024
    • Early Out Every Day (1:40)

    May 28, 2024 - May 30, 2024 | 

    • Students' Last Day

    May 30, 2024

    • Community Circle (Na KUMU)

    May 30, 2024 | 1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

    • Rose Park BSA Meeting

    May 30, 2024 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm