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Guidance
Contact:
Debra A. Smart Phone Icon (334) 738-2198 ext. 5004 Email Icon Email

Guidance Department

The beginning of school has been hectic, busy and exhausting, but we are beginning to settle in for the 2006-2007 school year.  We are proud of our accomplishments thus far in counseling and we eagerly await the challenges of this new year.  The counseling department is moving forward  and our Advisory Council is providing the necessary support we need to accomplish many new and innovative areas in counseling.  We would like to list a few tips and reminders for students and parents. . .

We encourage parents to visit the Counseling Center.  Drop-ins are welcomed; however, scheduling appointments may allow us to serve you better.  We will do our best to work around your work schedules when possible.  Students are encouraged to request counseling appointments by submitting student appointment forms and receiving  permission from the teachers to visit, however, students with a true emergency or crisis situation may stop by the counseling office as needed.  Students may also stop by the counseling office between classes in order to pick up information concerning testing, scholarships, college admissions, financial aid, and career planning.  Parents are encouraged to browse our newly developed newsletter for many important scholarship deadlines and college/career planning information.  Please click on "Forms" and then select the current newsletter.  While most of our scholarship information is for the graduating senior, opportunities available for our underclassmen are listed as well.  Scanning the newsletter will also help parents of students of all ages understand more about scholarship opportunities and the necessary requirements.

This is the time of the year when testing is inevitable. . . but then when isn't it?  Our seniors who have not passed all portions of the AHSGE were tested September 18-22, 2006.  Sophomores and Juniors will not be taking the AHSGE as a group until March 2007.  Seniors also have one more opportunity, October 28, 2002, to take the ACT prior to the December 1st scholarship/admission deadlines.  It is so important for our juniors to register for the ACT and/or the SAT this year.  Students may go to http://www.actstudent.org/ to register for the ACT and/or http://www.collegeboard.com/ to register for the SAT.  Application material is also available in the Counseling Office. 

Information regarding financial aid will be available in newsletters and in the Counseling Office.  Students and parents may go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ for information on applying online or may visit the Counseling Office for the paper format.  January 1st is the first day that seniors may submit an application for federal financial aid; however, families shoulds begin planning and collecting the necessary documentation right away.  2007-2008 FAFSA forms should be available in late November; however, students may go online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. information NOW.  2006-2007 FAFSA forms are still needed for current seniors applying for financial aid for summer school (June 2007).

Opportunities for students arrive weekly in the Counseling Office.  Parents and students may simply click on "Forms" and download the most recent newletter information.  Please keep in mind that although much effort is spent to ensure that our students are informed about opportunities and the requirements for those opportunities, most newsletters are obsolete the moment they are printed.  Many web sites and links will be provided to assist students and parents with obtaining information that can't be provided with one site or newsletter.  The student is ultimately responsible for being informed and for taking the necessary steps required for both graduation and college planning.

GO HORNETS!