School Counseling Department
School Counselor: Miss Kelly, M.S. Ed
Phone: 678-366-2555 ext. 108
What is a school counselor? School counselors are certified, trained, and caring professionals who work as a team with the students, school staff and parents to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing character education, prevention, intervention, and college and career readiness, school counselors can help all students achieve academic success. School counseling sessions are brief, goal oriented counseling that targets the student’s desired outcome. The counselor and student collaborate on a series of steps to achieve the desired outcome.
How does your child experience school counseling services?
- Individual Counseling-Assisting students in a positive, safe and confidential setting to address issues that ‘get in the way’ of’ school achievement. Assisting students with goal formation and planning.
- Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
- Classroom Counseling lessons- Classroom lessons that address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, college and career awareness, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, and goal setting/decision-making.
- High School 4 Year Plans- Students will meet with their counselor to develop a 4 year plan for high school and will meet each year to amend their 4 year plan to ensure that it is in line with their potential colleges and with FSA graduation requirements.
- College Advising- High School students will receive individualized college advising and assistance with the college search and application process. Information about scholarships and financial aid will also be readily available.
FSA High School Graduation Requirements:
4 Units of English (Lit Comp, Word Lit, American Lit, AP Language, AP Literature)
4 Units of Science (Bio or AP Biology, Chemistry or AP Chem, Physics or AP Physics, 4th year choice of science)
4 Units of Math (students follow one of the paths below)
- Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre- Calculus
- ACC (Accelerated) Algebra 1, ACC Geometry/Algebra 2, ACC Pre-Calc, AP Calc
- ACC Geometry/Algebra 2, ACC Pre-Calculus, Georgia Tech Calculus 1/2
- ACC Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, Georgia Tech Calculus 1/2, AP Statistics
3 Years of Social Studies (World History or AP World History, US History or AP US History, Economics or AP Economics AND US Government or AP US Government
3 Units of a Foreign Language (We currently offer Spanish and Turkish)
PE/Health (one semester long each) Students can take this online or at FSA
4 Units of Electives
100 Hours of Community Service (Students should track their hours with the Community Service logs and keep an ongoing file of their hours)
College Planning Information:
- College Board https://www.collegeboard.org
- Complete college search engines to find the right college for you. Research in depth each college’s admission criteria, majors, cost, etc. Are you on track to meet a college’s application requirements, or do you need to adjust you plan? How do you compare to students who got in and enrolled at colleges you’re interested in?
- Look for any college on www.collegeboard.com. You can search for a college by name using the search box at the top of this page or find colleges that match your wants and needs in college search.
- Click the See if you’re on track link that appears at the top of any college’s profile, or use the Go to Academic Tracker button on the right side of the profile.
- Use the Am I On Track? and How Do I Stack Up? tabs to see charts that let you compare your academic stats to the college’s requirements and to the stats of students who were accepted and enrolled at the college.
- In addition to the academic tracker, you can also search any college or university and select the Applying Tab to see what each college considers most and least important.
In the Career Planning section, you can:
- take an interest and aptitude test to find out what careers may be right for you
- research careers: learn what people do on the job, how they’re qualified, and how much they get paid
- create a resume, write an interview thank-you letter, or practice interviewing
- find out what other students think about career choices
In the High School Planning section, you can:
- plan your high school courses to meet college expectations
- prepare for the Georgia High School Graduation Test or for End of Course Tests
In the College Planning section, you can:
- take free SAT and ACT prep courses
- research colleges and universities
- explore college programs and majors
- apply to colleges (in -state)
In the Financial Aid Planning section, you can:
- complete the FAFSA form for financial aid (click HERE)
- find out about HOPE scholarship (click HERE)
- find out your GPA, as calculated for HOPE scholarship eligibility
- research and apply for other scholarships
- Move On When Ready (MOWR) (Dual Enrollment) The Move On When Ready (MOWR) program provides for students who are dual credit enrolled at a participating eligible public or private high school, or home study program in Georgia, and a participating eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia. These students take postsecondary coursework for credit towards both high school graduation or home study completion and postsecondary requirements. Beginning with Fall term 2015 (FY 2016) the program is offered during all terms of the school year; fall, spring and summer semester or fall, winter, spring, and summer quarter.
Standardized Testing Information:
Financial Aid and Scholarship Information