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Attendance Information

If you are absent due to illness or a medical appointment, please bring a note from your parents/guardian or doctor's to the counseling office when you return to school, so that we can excuse your absence. Place in the box on Ms. Lai's desk. 


Your absence note must include the following:

1) Student's Name, Grade, Homeroom

2) Dates and reason you were absent

3) Parent Signature and phone number

If you are late to school, please report to the counseling office upon your arrival.


Parents may call our counseling secretary if your child is absent: (415) 759-2773. However, only written documentation will excuse absence(s).

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Counseling Department



Welcome back to the new school year, Jaguars!

We look forward to working with you all this coming school year.

Our counseling team is currently working on a Google counseling website! Stay Tuned!

[Last Updated on 8.2017 - Ms. Lau]


School-wide Event Dates To Be Announced:

Back to School Orientation @ APG

Back to School Social @ Bayview

Back to School Night


SFUSD Gradebook for All - Goes Live 8/21

Gradebook replaces School Loop. Families will have one location for all academic information & teacher communication.


High School Information:

High school tours and open houses will be posted on our 8th grade page as soon as info is announced. An evening parent workshop will also be held in the Fall.

Please contact 8th grade counselor Ms. Lau if you have any questions or concerns regarding the high school application process.


Lowell Testing Update:

8th graders applying to Lowell will not be required to take an admission test for the high school application process. Instead, SBAC scores from the Spring 2017 will be used. 


Our Counseling Team


APG1.jpgCounselors at APG transition to each grade level with their students. 


Counselor Bios


Counselor: Mr. Kachiside Madu (a.k.a. Mr. K)

(Class of 2017)

Alma Mater:

BA: San Jose State University

MA: University of San Francisco, Counseling Psychology

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Mr. K is leaving Giannini and a new counselor will begin in August 2017 as the 6th Grade Counselor (Class of 2020)


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Counselor: Ms. Allyson Lau

(Class of 2018)

Alma Mater:

BA: San Francisco State University, Child & Adolescent Development - Youth & Family Services

MA: University of San Francisco, Counseling Psychology

Hometown: San Francisco, CA



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Counselor: Mr. Joaquin Jang

(Class of 2019)

Alma Mater:

BA: George Washington University

MA: University of San Francisco, Counseling Psychology

Hometown: Bodega, CA


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Dean: Mr. Jonah Backstrom

Alma Mater:

BS: University of Massachusetts 

MS: San Francisco State University, Counseling 

Hometown: Boston, MA




The Role of the School Counselor

The counselor works in collaboration with school staff, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members to be an advocate for students in order to maximize student potential and academic achievement, so that students may be healthy and productive members of society. The school counselor assumes a leadership role in the development of an appropriate program of guidance for the school site.

Services Offered

  • Collaboration and consultation with students, teachers, families, and other providers to identify strategies to help student(s) in areas of academics, behavior, and social-emotional well-being.
  • Serves as a resource in the area of student intervention using researched and evidence-based practices.
  • Provides personal counseling on 1:1 basis
  • Collaborate with Restorative Practices team for peer conflict
  • Provides targeted small group counseling 
  • Provides crisis support with school team
  • Promote high school, college & career readiness 
  • Assists students in scheduling matters

Counseling Office Hours

8:10AM - 11:50AM

12:50PM - 4:00PM

Counseling Office: 415.759.2773

Attendance/Counseling Secretary: Karen Lai x3130

Dean: Jonah Backstrom x3137

Joaquin Jang: x3127

Kachiside Madu: x3331

Allyson Lau: x3131


How do I see my counselor?

Find us during lunch or passing period, get a pass from your teacher first, set an appointment, or email us!

Backstrom, Jonah
Jang, Joaquin
6th Grade Counselor
Lai, Karen
Lau, Allyson
7th Grade Counselor
Madu, Kachiside
8th Grade Counselor

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