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Welcome alternative education students and families. My name is Lissa Watts and I am the proud counselor for Alternative Education (Patricia Dreizler Continuation High School, Redondo Beach Learning Academy and Independent Studies). I am a South Bay native and also a graduate of a continuation high school myself. I attended Cal State University, Northridge for my Bachelor's degree then went on to National University to obtain my Master's degree and PPS Credential. In 2008, I also completed an Administrative Services Credential Program at Chapman University. I am happily married and am also the mother of three beautiful boys. I have been employed with RBUSD for since 2004. I began as an elementary counselor and then began working in alternative education in 2009. My door is always open and I look forward to building relationships with each of you to help each student reach his/her greatest potential!

I can be reached at [email protected] or at (310) 798-8690 ext. 2002

While enrolled in Alternative Education your child has an excellent opportunity for social and academic growth. All students meet with a counselor and/or supervised Pupil Personnel Services intern on a regular basis for academic support and college/career/vocational exploration. All students also complete a senior portfolio which includes a resume, letters of recommendation, personal statement, volunteer log, and awards. They can utilize the portfolio for college, scholarship and job applications.

Limited individual and group counseling, crisis prevention/intervention, and referral services are also available with parent permission. Depending upon personal needs, topics of discussion may include: boosting self-esteem, improving social communication, separation/divorce/blended family issues, alternatives to aggression and withdrawal, alcohol/drug abuse awareness, pre-gang involvement, loss/grieving and the realities of promiscuous behavior. Counseling sessions typically meet 20-45 minutes per week. Your child will be responsible for any missed school work (teachers are generally very cooperative). While we hope that you will allow your child to participate in the school counseling program, please note if your student is currently under a SARB contract or expulsion order, school based counseling will not fulfill the mandate for individual counseling if it was ordered.

For more information follow this link Academic Resources

Watts, Lissa Counselor

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As 21st century learners, all students need digital citizenship to help them safely and responsibly use computers, the internet, and digital devices.  To equip students with the skills to be successful as digital learners, use social media responsibly and respectfully, and follow online laws and regulations, RBUSD’s Instructional Technology department will be providing teachers in grades TK-12 specific, grade-level digital citizenship lessons to teach in March and April. In addition to the classroom lessons, we wanted to provide you with some parenting tips so you may continue the conversation at home.  Please click here to access 9th-12th grade Digital Citizenship Family Tips from Common Sense Media.



Lissa Watts