Welcome to FCHS Guidance & Counseling
Office Hours: Monday - Friday
7:45am - 4:00pm
School Code: 110920
Opportunities for Students -
school or a university. Career Scope measures aptitude and interests. Student will need to set aside 1 and ½ hours to take the assessment and go over results with a career specialist. Please contact Deanna Orza at email@example.com for an appointment.
Financial Aid Night 2013-
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 www.gacollege411.org and click on the "financial aid" tab for more information. There are lots of resources on this site.
Guide to Financial Aid
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 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 http://www.rewardingminds.org/
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.
College & Military Night 2013
All students in Forsyth County Schools are invited to attend the 4th annual College & Military Night. It will be held on Thursday, August 29 from 6:30 - 8:30pm in the New Gym on the FCHS campus. We will have over 50 organizations represented. Please come out and learn about all the opportunities available to you after high school!
RMASS SAT Prep Class
This prep class is offered on the FCHS campus on September 23 and 24 at 6:30pm. The class is a five hour seminar for your son or daughter to benefit from repetitive practice and preparation. Practice, of course, helps with an increase in scores; however, individual score increases depend on the time and effort that students spend working with the materials they will receive. Enroll at www.zaps.com and pay by credit card or you can register your student and bring a check on the first night (Student must PRE REGISTER!). Enrollment is limited! Students should bring two pencils and a calculator. The workshop is for students of all ability levels.
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.
Central STARS (Students Taking Academic Responsibility Seriously) Day 2013
This event will be held on January 29, 2014 at 9:00am in the new gym. 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 12th 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!Rewarding Minds Scholarship Program
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.
REWARDING MINDS will kick off their Honour's Program at Forsyth Central High School with a gift of technology to selected Junior's and Senior's this Fall. Rewarding Minds is a non-profit giving a free laptop, printer and accessories to Junior's and Senior's in high school who are achieving academic excellence but are burdened by a financial need. Rewarding Minds is helping to eliminate the Digital Divide. For more information on applying for this gift, contact Ms. Petersen/counselor or www.rewardingminds.org
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).
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.
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.
Student Support Services
Curriculum & Instruction
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.
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.
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 class. This includes a semester or year-long class. There are no attendance requirements for exam exemption.