Staff Directory Calendar itslearning

Welcome to FCHS Guidance & Counseling

Office Hours: Monday - Friday
7:45am - 4:00pm
FAX: 770-781-2289
School Code: 110920
HOPE Information - rigor requirements explained!
Information to parents about Rigor Requirements for HOPE

National College Fair 2014
The National College Fair - Students are encouraged to register prior to attending the event.  Register online at
Students can learn about collegeoptions at this FREE event which is hosted on: 
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Georgia World Congress Center
C3 Exhibit Hall
12pm - 4pm

Complete information about the Atlanta National College Fair can be foundonline at the process of applying to and selecting a college becomes more and morecompetitive and complex, students and parents need all the help and informationthey can get. Attending a college fair is the best way to gather informationabout colleges and universities. The National College Fair program providesvaluable resources for students and parents attempting to navigate thecollege-admission process.


Virtual College Fair 2014
University System of Georgia - Virtual College Fair - Students have the opportunity to chat live with representatives from different colleges around the state of Georgia. Lots of information will be given. Excellent way to communicate with schools from the comfort of your own home!
Virtual College Fair Flyer 2014

Parent Night 2013
We met with parents prior to curriculum night starting in the Cafeteria on August 22.  This is the powerpoint we reviewed.  If you have questions, feel free to ask questions to your child's counselor.

Rewarding Minds

Rewarding Minds is looking for some great student applications so that we might gift some computers to deserving young students.  Please let your students know that we would like to pick up applications and release forms by the Friday after Labor Day, September 6th.  That is only 3 weeks away!  Our application is available on our web page 

Here is a copy of the application:  Rewarding Minds Application 2013-14

This year, we will need to collect the release form with the application, and we will need the students present for receiving the computers, as in the past, so we can get pictures. ALL APPLICATIONS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED TO MS. PETERSEN in the COUNSELING OFFICE.

PSAT Day 2013
All 10th graders take the PSAT for free on October 16, 2013. If any 9th or 11th graders would like to take the PSAT, they must pay the testing fee. Information regarding the PSAT will go home in late August/early September to get signed up. 11th and 12th graders who do not want to take the PSAT will be allowed to go on a college visit that day, if approved by their parents. They must bring back documentation to Ms. Alexander showing documenation of their college visit which includes a signature, date, phone number and must be on the college letterhead. 11th graders should be advised that if they want to try and qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program, they are required to take the PSAT in their 11th grade year. Scores from previous years are not accepted. 11th and 12th graders also have the option of taking the ASVAB test (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) which is designed to help students explore potential careers. It is a free test. 9th graders who do not sign up to take the PSAT will be doing activities in their instructional focus class that day until testing is completed. 

Lanier Technical College is having a College & Career Expo for any 11th or 12th grader who would like to attend on this date.  Here is more information:  College & Career Expo @ Lanier Tech
Financial Aid Night 2013
This will be held on December 3, 2013 at 6:30pm in the East Campus Cafeteria.  This night is geared for seniors who will enter college in Fall 2014.  All questions about the financial aid process as well as avenues for obtaining financial aid will be discussed.  The Georgia Student Finance Commission will be presenting information as well.

We hosted a financial Aid Night for students and parents on December 3rd. Thank you to all who were able to attend. Marcus Hilliard from Georgia Student Finance Commission gave a great presentation and fielded questions from parents about scholarships, HOPE, HOPE Grant, Zell Miller Scholarship, the FAFSA forms, and other important info. You can also always ask questions to the college/university's finanical aid office. They are a great resource too! Go to and click on the "financial aid" tab for more information. There are lots of resources on this site.

Guide to Financial Aid

Central STARS (Students Taking Academic Responsibility Seriously) Day 2014
This event will be held on January 29, 2014 at 9:00am in the new gym New DATE:  Thursday, February 6.  If, by chance it is an inclement weather day, it will be held the following morning.  The CENTRAL STARS Program (Students Taking Academic Responsibility Seriously) is sponsored by the FCHS Counseling & Administration Departments. This 13th annual program will honor students who have a combined score utilizing the Critical Reading and Math scores on the SAT of an 1100 or higher and a composite score of a 24 or higher on the ACT exams. Awards are presented based upon the student’s academic achievement which may include a certificate of accomplishment; a school patch; a hoody; a “TOP DOG” Jacket and a scholarship to the school of his/her choice. All honored students names will be prominently displayed on the Central STARS board in the main East Campus lobby. 

All 9th -12th grade students and faculty as well as parents of the award recipients will be invited to attend this program in January. Members of the Board of Education are also invited.

All Central STARS students who have scored 1200+ on their SAT and/or a 27+ on their ACT and would like to purchase a patch may due so for a cost of $5.00. Please see Ms. Petersen for questions.

Senior Scholarship Night
Seniors will be invited to this awards program which will be held on May 8, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Performing Arts Center.  Invitations will go out in early May.  This is a night of celebration for our senior students. 
Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:00am at the Cumming Fairgrounds.  There is no limit on the number of guests who can attend the ceremony.  All parents, friends, family, etc are welcome to attend. 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Forsyth County Counseling Program is to promote educational performance, providing all students with the opportunities to acquire the academic, career, personal, and social competencies necessary to achieve quality learning and life-long success.
In accordance with the Forsyth County Board of Education, FCHS is in the process of implementing the guidance and counseling model outlined by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA).


Who is your counselor?


Counselors are assigned based on the last name of the student.  The list below details which last names are assigned to each counselor.  You may also click on the name to send an email to the counselor.  You may contact your child's counselor by phone or email. If the counselor is not available, please leave a message and she will return your call at the earliest possible time (typically within 24 hours, please allow for a few days during our peak times at the beginning of the school year and the end of the school year). If your call is an emergency, please notify the counseling secretary.


Petersen, Evelyn

770-887-8151 x110173

A-E & 11-12th ELL

Chilson, Elizabeth

770-887-8151 x110176


Miller, Deidre
(Head Counselor)

770-887-8151 x110175


Savage, Grace

770-887-8151 x110174

S-Z & 9th & 10th ELL

 Student Support Services

Santiago, Shirley

770-887-8151 x110170

Counseling Secretary

Hamilton, Brenda

770-887-8151 x110171

Data Clerk/Registrar

Robinson, Amy

770-887-8151 x112101

Attendance Secretary

Dattelbaum, Valerie

770-887-8151 x110166

School Nurse

Curriculum & Instruction

Head, Kim

770-887-8151 x110307

Assistant Principal, Curriculum & Instruction

Hybrid Schedule

FCHS uses a hybrid schedule. 

All FCSS high schools will be operating on a modified schedule that is a blending of a traditional seven-period day and a block schedule.

2008-2009 Hybrid Schedule

Classes will remain year-long, and each class will meet for the same amount of time as they would on a normal seven-period schedule. However, Wednesdays and Thursdays will be block-schedules, in which students will attend only a portion of their classes in double-length periods.


Withdrawals from FCHS
If you need to withdraw your student from school, please notify our registrar ahead of time at 770-887-8151 ext. 110171 in order to shorten the amount of time you will need to wait at the school for the process to be completed.  The registrar will prepare withdrawal forms and have them ready for the parent/guardians signature. Students must return all textbooks and media center books to the EAST campus media center before records can be released to the new school. Any fees owed will also have to be paid before records are released. We ask that students needing to withdraw come to the registrar’s office between the hours of 8am and 4pm to accomplish this task.  The student's parent/guardian who enrolled the child must also be present.  Students cannot withdraw themselves.

Grading Procedures for 2013-14
Grading Calculations for courses WITH an End of Course Test (EOCT):
Course Average will be 40% (1ST Sem. Course Work) + 40% (2ND Sem. Course Work) + 20% EOCT
Grading Calculations for courses WITHOUT an End of Course Test (EOCT):
Course Average will be 50% (1st semester Course Work) + 50% (2nd Semester Course Work), final exam will count as a summative grade.
 1ST & 2ND Semester Course Work = 75% Summative + 25% Formative


Numerical grades will be used on all report cards and on permanent records. Any grade below 70 is considered failing. Report Cards are given to students every 9 weeks.  Only the final report card is mailed home.  All grades can be accessed through Parent Portal, as well as an unofficial transcript.
Credit will still be awarded at the end of the course (May for yearlong classes; December or May for semester long classes). 

Exam Exemption Policy

In order for students to exempt exams they must have a 90 or above in any given classThis includes a semester or year-long class. There are no attendance requirements for exam exemption.