2 Counseling Department Lauren Corbett A-FeJulie Gracey* Fi-KoDeborah Blount Kr-RhEbony Payno Ri-ZRebbie Lichliter Graduation CoachAlicia McClung Social WorkerChristina Kim Bilingual Parent LiaisonJan Turner Records CoordinatorRita Jensen Professional AssistantRose Moro Cluster Nurse*Department Chair
3 Assistant PrincipalsAssistant Principals are also assigned to students based on the first letter of the student’s last name. Please take a moment to identify your Assistant Principal.A-Fe Mrs. Debra BryantFi-Ko Dr. Gladys PeoplesKr-Rh Ms. Camille CarmenRi-Z Mr. Tim Corrigan
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6 Home Access CenterHome Access Center is a web-based home-to-school information resource that allows parents/guardians to view up-to-date information on their student’s grades, attendance, homework assignments, and more through a secure online link to school records.Parents can pick up their Home Access Center log-in ID and password by showing a photo ID in the main office.More information visit the Parent Portal at
7 Review of Graduation Requirements Graduation Status ReportsMailed home 2nd semester of Junior yearUpdate the graduation status report with the last report card and summer course(s) (if applicable)Use it as a tool to double check enrollment in the appropriate courses necessary for graduationGeorgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)Students may exempt the LA, MA, SS, SC portions of the GHSGT if they have passed one corresponding content area EOCTAll students must pass the GHSGT Writing TestSenior Failure LettersMailed home when the 6 and 12 week progress report are issues to students
8 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Class of 2014 English creditsMathematics creditsScience creditsSocial Studies creditsHealth/Personal Fitness creditForeign Language/Fine Art/Career Tech creditsElectives creditsSemester-Long Class= 0.5 Credits; Year-Long Class= 1.0 Credit**23 Total Credits Required to Graduate**
9 What are colleges looking for? GPA (Academic Core)Average in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language on a 4.0 scaleA = C = 2.0B = 3.0 F = 0.0Course Selection (Rigor)Test Scores (SAT and/or ACT)Class RankExtracurricular/Leadership ActivitiesCollege Application EssaysLetters of RecommendationsResumes, Interviews, Portfolios
10 # Applications Received Freshman Class StatisticsSchool# Applications Received# ApplicantsAdmittedMid 50% GPAMid 50% SATMid 50% ACTUniversity of Georgia*18,95410,45427-31Georgia Tech17,678Admit Rate:41.05%3.85 – 4.1129-33Emory University*17,5004,55030-33GA State University*19,69811,23222-27GA College & State University*3,8852,56623-27* Class of 2016 Stats
11 College Grade Point Average The High School GPA used for admission is calculated by the postsecondary institution, NOT by the high school or Fulton CountyMost use this scale:A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, F = 0.0Most only consider core courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies & World Language)To calculate, assign a 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, or 0.0 for each core course grade. Add them together and divide by the total number of core courses (estimated GPA)Some colleges may award additional points for Honors, AP, and College coursesSome colleges may subtract the additional 7 points added by Fulton County for Honors, AP and College courses (if so, subtract the 7 points before assigning the 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, or 0.0)Contact colleges to find how they recalculate GPAs or visit their websitesThere is a GPA Mystery Form available on Counseling Department’s website
12 Numeric AveragesFulton County calculates numeric averages by adding all grades earned and dividing by the total number of grades100 point scale i.e out of 100ALL grades are included in this calculation (middle school, failed, summer school, online, core and non-core)Fulton County adds 7 points to the final passing grade for each Honors, AP, and College course taken.Fulton County numeric averages are cumulative and weighted
13 HOPE Program Grade Point Average HOPE Scholarship Program GPA’s are calculated by the Georgia Student Finance CommissionPreliminary HOPE GPAs are released late JanuaryFinal HOPE GPA calculations are submitted after graduationCore (MA, SC, LA, SS, WL) classes are used in the calculationMiddle School courses are not used in the calculationConversion:Remove all honors points from honors and AP coursesConvert raw numeric grades to the 4.0 scale90 – 100 = 4.080 – 89 = 3.070 – 79 = 2.00 – 69 = 0.0 (failing grades are included in calculation)Add 0.5 to only AP courses (up to 4.0)Divide by the total number of grades
14 Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program Eligible students receive financialassistance covering tuition andHOPE-approved mandatory fees.Qualifications:Meet HOPE’s citizenship requirementsBe a legal resident of GeorgiaBe a graduate of an eligiblehigh schoolBe registered for selective serviceTypes of Scholarships:HOPEZell MillerHOPE Grant
15 HOPE Scholarship Requirements Must earn a 3.0 GPA in high school.The HOPE award amount varies for each school and is a percentage amount of the standard tuition charges from the previous year (view the chart on GAcollege411 to find award amounts).Mandatory fees are covered.Book allowances no longer exist.*HOPE Scholarship recipients must maintain a3.0 GPA throughout college.
16 Zell Miller Scholarship Requirements (1) Graduate as the valedictorian or salutatorian- OR -(2) Earn a 3.7 GPA in high school, AND eitherEarn a 1200 combined score of Reading and Math on a single administration of the SAT, orEarn a composite score of 26 on a single administration of the ACT by your graduation date.At an eligible public postsecondary institution, 100% of the standard tuition charges (view chart on the GACollege 411 to find award amounts).*Zell Miller Scholarship recipients must maintaina 3.3 GPA throughout college.
17 HOPE Grant ProgramThe HOPE Grant program is for students seeking a technical certification or diploma, regardless of the student's high school grade point average.Full-time enrollment is not required.HOPE Grant award amount will cover a portion of a student's tuition. (view chart on the GACollege 411 to find award amounts).* HOPE Grant recipients must attain & maintain a 3.0 GPA at certain checkpoints, in order to maintain eligibility.
18 More HOPE Scholarship Program Info GPAs are not rounded ( is not a 3.0)Missing or incorrect Social Security numbers and nicknames will delay HOPE fundsMales must register with the Selective Service no later than 30 days before their 18th birthday. HOPE eligibility will be delayed until this requirement is met. Log on toApply for the HOPE: (1) by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, or (2) by completing the Georgia Student Financial Aid Application System (GSFAPPS - online.Additional Information Contact GA Student Finance Commission (GSFC): or
19 Scholarship Information Counseling Department WebsiteCollege & Career CenterEmployer ScholarshipsProfessional and/or religious organizations, banks, and insurance companiesFinancial Aid office at each individual collegeAttend CHS’ Financial Aid Night Tuesday, SeptemberOnline Search Engines:Great sites for free scholarship searches. Large database of scholarship information, awards available for academic achievement, special skills and talents, and/or financial need.
20 Senior Year What students should do… There is still time… Should have a revised list of schools to which they will applyShould have taken at least one SAT or ACT testShould be ready to begin working on their applicationsAttend Senior AdvisementThere is still time…Don’t panic…just get started!Research colleges – research online, college visits, talking to alumni, etc. Match colleges with your personality and goals in life. Make sure that you go to the college’s website now to find out which high school courses, GPA, SAT/ACT, etc. are required for admission so that you don’t fall short. Narrow your college choices to 5 to 7. Be realistic!Attend CHS College VisitsSign up for the next standardized test
21 SAT/ACTTo register and view upcoming test dates for the SAT visitTo register and view upcoming test dates for the ACT visitSAT & ACT Fee Waivers for eligible students are located in the Counseling Office
22 Application Process Collect and Review Application Details Look for checklists for each schoolTest requirements (SAT II or TOEFL?)Course requirementsStart a calendar for deadlinesKnow the fees (fee waivers)Complete Senior Profile Sheet/Update ResumeAcademic InformationHonors & AwardsExtracurricular ActivitiesWork/Volunteer ExperienceWrite essays and make sure to have them proofread by parents, English teachers, etc.Submit Application - online applications are preferred by colleges
23 Transcript Request Process Paper transcripts requests include an addressed envelope and cost $3.00.Electronic and NCAA transcripts are freeTranscript Request ProcessTranscript Request CardStudents must submit a request in writing on their Transcript Request Card for ALL transcripts (College & Scholarships) – even Common Application and other institutions that use their own online portals for submission
24 Transcript Request Process It is important for students to hold their requests until after Labor Day to ensure all pertinent information is available.transcripts that reflect summer coursesschool profileaccurate class rankingsenior class schedulesThe majority of early application deadlines are in October so this should not adversely impact any student's application.If the application deadline is before Labor Day, please have your student speak with their CounselorEnd of the Year Transcript Request Procedures
25 Recommendations and Test Scores If required by the college, acquire Teacher and/or Counselor recommendationsGive Teachers/Counselors at least two weeks noticeBe mindful of Holidays – Winter Break and Jan 1 deadlinesIf appropriate, provide an addressed stamped envelope for them to mail accompanied by any forms from the collegeSome forms are now electronic!Provide Teacher/Counselor with a resume or copy of Senior Profile Form (located in counseling office or counseling website).Standardized TestsStudents must request scores directly through the testing agencies:Colleges will not accept scores sent from the high school
26 College-Bound Student Athletes NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse Are you planning on participating in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or II institution? You must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.To register, prospective student-athletes should:Access the registration materials by visiting their website atWhen taking the SAT/ACT, enter 9999 for scores to be sent to NCAA Clearing House.Reviewing the NCAA requirements as they might differ from graduation requirements!Contact Karen Lange with any questions concerningNCAA eligibility -
27 What is Available in the College & Career Center? Scholarship ListSummer OpportunitiesCollege InfoCareer InfoSAT/ACT InfoComputers for College, Career & Scholarship Searching
28 Additional ResourcesAvailable Princeton Review Materials for Your Student to Checkout in the CHS Media CenterCollege Essays that Made a DifferenceThe Best Value Colleges- The 150 best-buy schools and what it takes to get in.Cracking the ACTCracking the SATThe K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADHDPortable Guidance Counselor- Answers to the 284 most important questions about getting into college
29 CHS College Visits Procedures Students can sign up for college visits in the binder at the front desk in the Counseling Office (dates are posted on the Counseling Website and outside of the College & Career Center)After signing up for the visit, ask Mrs. Jensen, Mrs. Turner or the Office Aide for a pass to give your teacherYour teacher will sign your pass to excuse you from class that periodStudents should arrive on time and initial the sign-in sheet to record attendance
30 College FairsNACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)Sunday, March 16th, 2014, Georgia World Congress Center Probe Atlanta North College FairTuesday, September 10th, 2013, North Point Mall6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Probe Gwinnett North College FairWednesday, September 11th, 2013, Gwinnett Center6:00 pm to 8:30 pm100 Black Men of Atlanta 2013 College FairSaturday, October 5th, 2013, Georgia World Congress Center (Bldg C-4)10:00 am to 3:00 pmKIPP Through College National College FairSaturday, September 7th, 3013, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
31 QUESTIONS? Thank You for Coming! You may also contact your student’s counselor with any questions or concerns.