Forsyth Central High School
August 25, 2011
Meet the Counselors
A - C and all English Language Learners
Deidre Miller, Head Counselor
Role of the Counseling Department
We have a comprehensive and developmental school counseling
program which focuses on
We do all types of counseling
We work with all students.
Parent & Student Portal
Parent Portal is a tool for parents and students to access instant,
online, timely and secure student information: class schedule,
assignments, attendance, discipline, course registrations for next
year, report cards and transcripts. It increases communication
between the school and parents.
Parents of current students are eligible to activate a FREE Parent
Portal account, after agreeing to the terms and conditions of use.
Sign up in the counseling office with Mrs. Shirley Santiago,
counseling secretary. You must present an ID at the time you sign
The requirements for graduation for any student entering high school
in 2008 or later are:
4 English credits
4 Math credits
4 Science credits
3 Social Studies credits
3 CTAE, Foreign Language,/Modern Language, and/or Fine Arts credits
1 unit of Personal Fitness/Health (.5 credit each)
4 additional electives
All students are encouraged to see their counselor if they have
questions about their requirements! Don’t wait!
Students must earn a certain # of credits in order to be moved to
the next grade level.
Students are expected to make up credits outside of school day
(Forsyth Academy, summer school, online, etc.)
2008 Ninth Graders
5 units from grade 9 to 10
11 units from grade 10 to 11
16 units from grade 11 to 12
Junior & Senior Conferences
Counselors will meet individually with seniors during the next two months.
Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
SENIORS - Contact Mrs. Santiago to schedule an appointment (Seniors).
JUNIORS - A caller will go out when we are ready to begin those
conferences near the end of first semester.
Graduation Requirements and status checks.
Information regarding financial aid, scholarship information, transcript requests,
recommendation letters, HOPE eligibility, SAT/ACT dates, and more!
Are you HOPING for a HOPE Scholarship?
All students have an account at gacollege411.org. Students can check their
eligibility on this site.
ONLY CORE CLASSES are included in a HOPE GPA. Elective classes are not
included; however CORE electives are included such as psych/socio / math
support classes / etc.
There are many program changes within the HOPE scholarship program.
SFHS is hosting an information night with the Georgia Student Finance
Commission on September 1st at 6:00pm in their Performing Arts Center.
All the HOPE changes will be discussed.
All are welcome to attend Financial Aid Night on December 1st at 6:30pm. A
representative from Georgia Student Finance Commission will be available to
answer questions. Don’t wait until senior year to get this information
If your child has failed any core class (and sometimes elective classes),
they must be made up prior to graduating. Your child’s counselor MUST
APPROVE any credit recovery prior to the student taking a class.
Summer School – A great opportunity for earning credit. Typically $300 per
Forsyth Academy @ Night – takes place in the evenings (M & W or T &
TH); usually $300 per course.
Georgia Virtual School – an online credit recovery program sponsored by
the Ga. Department of Education. This typically is only a good plan for
students who are highly self-disciplined and motivated.
Other Online/Correspondence Options – see your counselor!
Grading Procedures 2011-2012
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) +
Grading Calculations for courses WITHOUT an End of Course Test (EOCT):
Course Average will be 50% (1st sem Course Work) + 50% (2nd Sem Course Work), final
exam will count as a summative grade.
1ST & 2ND Semester Course Work = 75% Summative + 25% Formative
Any grade below 70 is considered failing. Report Cards are given to students every 9
weeks. Only the final report card is mailed home.
Credit will be awarded at the end of the course (May for yearlong classes;
December or May for semester long classes).
October 12 – Testing Day!
The PSAT is given on October 12. All 10th graders will
take this test. It is free for 10th graders.
Any 9th or 11th grade student can sign up to take the test
and pay the fee ($14). Sign up with Mr. Mercer no later
than Sept 22.
11th graders should seriously consider taking this test as
these scores identify students who may be eligible for
the National Merit Scholarship program.
GHSGT & EOCT Changes
All current students must pass the Georgia HS Graduation WRITING test to
Current 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students (entered high school 2008, 2009, 2010)
must pass an EOCT in each of following subjects:
English (9th Lit Comp or American Lit)
Math (Math I or Math II)
Science (Biology or Physical Science)
Social Studies (US History or Economics)
If a student does not pass an EOCT in one of these subjects, they must pass the
Georgia High School Graduation Test corresponding to this subject.
Current 9th graders who entered high school in 2011 must pass all classes with
EOCTs in order to graduate. They do not necessarily have to pass the EOCT, just
the class, but the EOCT will count 20% of their final grade.
Each Junior and Senior are allowed 4
college visitation days. These absences
count as a “field trip” as long as the proper
documentation is brought to school the day
after the trip.
These days do not roll over from year to
year. If the student does not use them,
they lose them.
Visit the Counseling Webpage!!
Click on “Student Services” at top.
Click on “Counseling”
Tons of information!
Tour of the site