Guidance Department

Guidance Counselors

Kristie Wood - Director of Guidance

Health & Environmental Science Academy

Counselor Assignments

Valerie Brumbelow 

Business Administration Academy

Rob Fenstermaker 

Engineering, Architectural & Industrial Academy

 Margaret Wallace 

Fine Arts Academy

Tara Carter

Government & Public Services Academy

Dana Linzy

Freshman Academy

Mandy Scott

Freshman Academy

Camden County High School Guidance and Counseling

Mission Statement

The mission of the Guidance and Counseling Department at Camden County High School is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, personal, and social development of all students. Guidance and Counseling staff are advocates who provide support to maximize student potential and academic achievement. In partnership with other education professionals, parents, stakeholders, and the community, Guidance and Counseling staff facilitate the support system to ensure all students at Camden County High School have access to and are prepared with the knowledge and skills to contribute at the highest level as productive members of their families, communities, and society.

Note to Parents

Conference Information

Counselors in the Guidance Department are available to assist students with personal, educational, and/or vocational concerns.  They will help students identify problems, consider alternatives, and make wise choices.  They provide assistance to students in planning their individual educational programs in scheduling their classes.  The testing program and the interpretation of the test results to parents and students are also responsibilities of the counselors.

If a student desires a conference with one of the counselors, he/she should go to the Guidance Department during his/her free time (not during class time), and schedule an appointment.  Students/parents should see the counselor assigned to their grade level.  Students will be given an appointment slip to show their teacher.

If a parent desires a conference with his/her student's teacher(s), the parent should contact the Guidance Office at (912) 729-7544, or (912)729-7318, to schedule the conference.  A counselor will be present at the conference if requested by either the parent or the teacher(s).

Advisement Program

The Camden County High Advisement program is designed to provide each student the opportunity to have teachers and counselors explain the different school programs and graduation plans.  This program is designed to be an on-going process throughout the student's high school career. Counselors will also work with the parents to explain what the student might expect from various programs and how these programs will enable the student to reach his/her career goals.

During the advisement process, each student will be furnished a Career Planning and Course Selection Guide.  This guide includes explanations of the different diploma plans and graduation requirements leading to each type of diploma. This guide also includes an outline of the various programs of study and course descriptions.  The guidance staff utilizes individual counseling, group sessions, and classroom guidance to carry out the advisement program.  All students have access to both the guidance department and administrative staff for additional assistance when examining and selecting courses of study.  In addition, homeroom teachers serve as advisors and resource persons for their assigned homerooms.  As part of the advisement program, counselors confer with teachers concerning achievement of students and best placement leading to timely graduation.  Recommendations for changes in student schedules are made to students and parents in an effort to determine the most appropriate level of instruction for future success.

Grading Scale

The following grade system has been adopted by the Camden County Board of Education to be used at Camden County High School:

90 - 100

A

80 -   89

B

70 -   79 

C

Below 70

F  (Failing)

Report cards are distributed at the end of each semester as indicated on the school calendar.  Progress reports will be sent home for all students periodically as indicated on the school calendar.  The progress reports are sent home with the student.  They should be signed by a parent and returned to the teacher.  Parents are encouraged to request a parent/teacher conference upon receiving a progress report indicating problems in a particular class.

Graduation Participation

To receive a high school diploma and to participate in the graduation ceremony a senior MUST have fulfilled the following requirements before the graduation date:

  1. earn the Camden County and  state required Carnigie units for your graduating class and

  2.  pass the Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test

 

IF A SENIOR HAS NOT EARNED THE REQUIRED UNITS FOR GRADUATION

OR IF HE OR SHE FAILED GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL WRITING TEST,

THE STUDENT WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY.

 

Homeroom/Grade Level Placement

Students must have earned a minimum number of credits to be eligible to be in certain grade-level homerooms.  See the current Course Selection Guide for the number of credits needed to be a senior, junior, sophomore, or freshman.

Honor Code

Camden County High School recognizes the essential value of honesty in the school, work place and personal life of citizens.  In that light, we are implementing the following Honor Code for the students at CCHS.

  1. Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from cheating, including plagiarism, copying other students' work, and allowing other students access to personal work, unless allowed by teacher guidelines.

  2. Every student shall be honor bound not to lie to school personnel.

  3. Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from theft or willful destruction of property belonging to the school, faculty, staff, or other students.

  4. Every student shall be honor bound to report immediately all violations of the Honor Code which come under his/her observation. Failure to do so shall be in violation of the Honor Code.

  5. Every student shall pledge all graded assignments:  "I have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance in the completion of this assignment, nor am I aware of others who have done so."

  6. Every student found guilty of a violation of the Honor Code shall be subject to school disciplinary action.

Honor Graduates

 

The award of Valedictorian and Salutatorian are granted for the first and second highest GPA’s in the Senior Class. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must have been enrolled at Camden County High School for the complete fall and spring semester of their senior year.

Candidates for valedictorian and salutatorian must have earned a minimum of six Carnegie units (including 2 foreign languages courses in the same language) from Honors, Gifted and Advanced Placement or Post-Secondary Options courses of which no more than three units may be obtained from Post- Secondary Options. More than 50% of the candidate’s senior classes must be taken on the campus of Camden County High School.

Academic Honor Graduate

To graduate with academic honors from Camden County High School, a student must earn at least two world language credits in the same language and have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for all courses attempted of at least 4.0 on a 5.0 scale. Candidates for academic honors must have earned a minimum of six Carnegie units from Honors, Gifted, Advanced Placement or Post- Secondary Options college level courses of which no more than three units may be obtained from Post-Secondary Options. Junior Marshals must meet these same requirements.

Honor Graduates

Honor graduates must have a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 on a 5.0 scale.

Grade Point Averages and Class Rankings: 

Class rank is determined by the cumulative GPA of all classes taken during high school. Honor Grad grades are calculated on the last day designated for seniors at the end of the year. Junior Marshals will be calculated at an earlier date.

 


 

Honor Roll

Camden County High School will publish two Honor Rolls at the end of each grading period.  An all "A" Honor Roll will include the names of all students who maintain at least a 90 average in each class. An "A-B" Honor Roll will include the names of all students who maintain at least an 80 average in each class.

Hospital/Homebound Program

Students who have medical problems that prohibit them from attending school for an extended period of time may be eligible for the services of the hospital/homebound program.  Under this program, the school will provide a teacher to secure assignments/materials from the student's classroom teachers and to visit the student in his/her home to provide individual instruction while the student is incapacitated.  While a student is being served under this program, he/she will be counted present in all of his/her classes.

The basic requirements for eligibility in the program include:

  1. Student must have a certified doctor's statement on the prescribed application, indicating said student will be unable to attend school for at least ten (10) school days.

  2. Student's illness must not be communicable.

  3. The Hospital/Homebound does not serve emotional illness.

Parents are encouraged to contact the Guidance Department for additional information or an application for this program.

Continuous Grading Policy

1.  Due to the implementation of mastery learning techniques and benchmark exams, the need for a comprehensive mid-term assessment in most classes has become obsolete or redundant.

2.  The administration of a comprehensive mid-term assessment will be optional.

 3.  A comprehensive mid-term assessment will only be administered if all teachers in a subject area agree that one is necessary.

4.  If a comprehensive mid-term assessment is administered, the following will apply:     

a.  All teachers in the same course will give the same mid-term assessment at the same time.     

b.  The mid-term assessment will be administered at a naturally occurring mid point in instruction.      

c.  The assessment will be weighted at no more than 10% of the term grade.      

d.  The assessment must include a writing component that is weighted a minimum of 10% of the assessment grade. 

5.  The principle or his/her designee(s) will supervise and approve the administration of the assessments.

Students must be present for semester exams as scheduled unless prior approval has been obtained from the Principal.

Social Work Services

School Social Work Services are available to all Camden County students and their families.  Occasionally students may experience academic, behavioral, or other difficulties in school that are related to personal or family problems, problems that may negatively affect a student's ability to attend school and/or to receive the utmost benefit from school. These problems may be related to issues involving divorce, death, drugs/alcohol, pregnancy, poor peer relationships, truancy, health, financial difficulties, emotional/behavioral problems, etc.  The role of the school social worker is to provide assistance in helping families and students receive the support they need to more effectively manage or alleviate these problems. School social workers work closely with school personnel and outside agencies and resources to accomplish this goal.

School personnel familiar with the student generally make referrals to the social worker when there is the need for additional support to bridge the channels between home and school and community resources.  However, parents and students may also contact the school social worker for assistance as needed.

The Camden County School Social Work Office is located at the Board of Education Office.  (912) 729-5687

Transcripts

 

 A student may request a transcript through the Guidance Department at any time during the school year. At the end of the year, the Guidance Office will mail one final transcript to a college requested by each student.  All transcripts, in addition to the final one, can be requested after graduation and will be $2 each.  A form for requesting academic transcripts is available on the high school website under the Guidance tab.  Students may also submit the transcript request form along with a stamped envelope(s) addressed to a college(s) and it will be processed with no fee.

. Click here to go to the transcript request form which you can print out and mail to the high school.

Withdrawal from School

If it becomes necessary for a student to withdraw from school, the parent/guardian must contact the school.  A note must be presented to the guidance department.  Upon receipt of the note, a counselor will verify and issue the student a withdrawal slip which must be signed by the student's teachers, librarians, and homeroom teacher.  It must then be returned to the guidance department before the student can be cleared for withdrawal. A complete transcript will not be sent to another school until books are returned and/or fines are paid.

No student under the age of 18 will be withdrawn until the Guidance Department has contact with the parent or guardian.

When a student 15-17 years old drops out, the Teen-age and Adult Responsibility Act requires that local school districts send in the Certificate of  Non-Compliance to the Department of Public Safety to revoke or not issue a license or permit according to the provisions of the law.  In order to have a license reinstated a parent or guardian may fill out the Parental Affidavit form that is obtained from the local Driver License Examining Station.  The completed, notarized form along with a fee of $50.00 is mailed to the Department of Public Safety headquarters in Atlanta, and a decision will be made by that department.

Students are required to remove everything from their locker before withdrawing.

Honors and Gifted Programs

 

The gifted and honors classes available at the high school are similar in expectations, both for the student and the class.  Students who have met the gifted qualifications may take gifted and honors classes, as long as they meet the requirements for each class.  Students who sign up for honors classes must have a teacher recommendation and also meet any requirements for the class.

 

Students who are in gifted or honors classes must maintain at least an 80 average or they will be placed on probation for the rest of the school year.  Any student who receives a second grade below 80 after being placed on probation will be removed from the honors or gifted class for the remainder of the year.  Going back into honors classes will be based on a very stringent look at the student's academic progress. Students in CPE classes must be earning a 95 or above to go into honors classes.

 

Students are given weighted grades in honors, gifted, Advanced Placement, and ACCEL classes.  Honors and gifted, classes award three points to the final average. Advanced Placement and Accel classes award five points.  This weighing of grades is meant to be an incentive to those students who chose to take more difficult classes that demand more time and study.  The class weights are added to the cumulative GPA not the numerical class grade.

 

Honors classes are now offered in English, Math, Science, History, and certain Foreign Language classes.

 

 

Georgia High School Graduation Testing

All students who graduate from a Georgia High School must pass the GHSGT Writing Test.  The GHSGT is given to students beginning in their junior year of high school.  Students have an opportunity to be tested at least five times. It is very important that the student be present on assigned testing dates to meet this graduation responsibility as soon as possible prior to graduation dates.  Ample notice is provided to students before testing dates.  A detailed calendar of testing dates will be distributed to students and posted throughout the CCHS building and in the Guidance Office.

SAT and ACT Tests

Registration for SAT and ACT is done on Collegeboard.com.   It is the student's responsibility to see that the registration material is completed by the test deadline.  Early registration will insure the student of the opportunity to take the test at Camden County High School while space is available, rather than being assigned to an alternate testing site.

Test scores are sent to the student and to the school to become a part of the permanent student Transcript of grades/test scores.

Practice the SAT Online

AFFORDABLE COLLEGES

BIRTH CERTIFICATES

Parents who need a birth certificate for their first time student's registration can now order it online directly from the State of Georgia. Request Official Vital Event  Records (ROVER), a service developed by the GA Technology Authority (GTA) in cooperation with the GA Dept. of Public Health, lets you order certified copies of Georgia birth certificates online. The quick and easy process eliminates the need to mail a request or make a trip to a government office for birth or death certificates. For additional information: www.rover.ga.gov or 404-679-4702.

NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT AT CCHS

The following documents are needed when moving to Camden County and enrolling at CCHS:

1.      Birth Certificate

2.      Social Security Number

3.      Immunization Records

4.      Certificate of Ear, Eye & Dental Exam on a Georgia Form

The enrollment packet should be filled out completely and brought with you at your enrollment appointment. 

If student is in grades 10-12, please look at “Course Guide” to determine which academy (career interest) the student plans to choose. This information will be used to determine counselor assignment.

Please call Guidance Office, 912-729-7544, to set up appointment for registration with the counselor.

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SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH BEGINS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

College is right around the corner for the Seniors of 2016. The average cost of an in-state public college is approximately $10,000-$12,000 per year. As the reality of this expense begins to sink in, students and parents begin looking for ways to help with tuition costs.

The businesses, civic organizations, and individuals of Camden County are extremely generous in their willingness to offer scholarships to the graduating seniors. Last year community and military scholarships totaled over $800,000. Scholarship Night at Camden County High School is one of the most exciting nights of the year as these students are honored.

In order to be considered for any scholarship, a student must fill out the scholarship application. The applications are listed on the high school website, http://wildcat.camden.k12.ga.us/, under the Guidance Tab. The listing will show what scholarships are available, eligibility and the deadline for the application to be returned. Students can download the app from the tab, fill it out and mail it to the organization or individual.  The scholarships are added to the website each time a new one is sent to the Guidance office.

Filling out the applications can be tedious for students, but well worth the pay off. Each organization has its own set of requirements. Some require letters of recommendation, some require essays, some require grade requirements.  Whether the scholarship is for $200 or $20,000, every dollar a student can win thru scholarship goes a long way in helping with the expense of a college education. Students and parents are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Assistance in filling out FASFA Documents

GET FREE HELP FILLING OUT FASFA DOCUMENTS FOR ALL SCHOOLING AFTER HIGH SCHOOL:

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Information

Course Selection Guide 2016-2017

Scholarships

CCHS Move On When Ready (MOWR) Program and Incentives

Advisory/Paws

Current Seniors Requesting Transcripts for Colleges in the State of Georgia

Graduated Students TRANSCRIPT REQUEST

Understanding Your PSAT Scores 2015

Dual Credit Program (Move On When Ready)

Enrollment Packet

Home School Procedures Declaration of Intent

Early Graduation Guidelines and Application

MILITARY INTERESTS AND CAREERS

COMPASS Preparation Resources

HOPE Program and Financial Aid Presentation

Setting Up E-mail Alerts in PowerSchool

SchoolQuest.org an initiative of Military Child Education Coalition

Sample College Resume - CW

University of Florida Essay Guide

USG Institutions 2014

2014 GAcollege411 Presentation

Work-Based Learning Programs Presentation

College Credit Now Quick Reference Guide

AP Credit Equivalencies

Tutoring Help for Navy Family Students

FAFSA-on-the-Web

Coastal College of Georgia Jr Night Presentation

AP Courses Matrix

Senior Year Timeline

College Application Process

Postsecondary Planning Goals

Senior Brag Sheet

Quick Hits About Financial Aid

GAcollege411 Flyer

A Guide To Hope Eligible Secondary Schools

Overview of Hope GPA Calculation

GCIS Handout

The University System of Georgia Fact Sheet

www.gacollege411.org

Financial Aid 411

Funding Education Beyond High School:

 The Guide to Federal Student AidMore

http://www.finaid.org/

Ask An Expert About Financial Aid

General Questions about Eligibility and Applying

SAT/ACT Test Prep

Information About the ACT for Parents

Parent Resources: USA.gov

Parent Resources: NEA.org

Parent Resources: Troubled Teens

Requesting Recommendation Letters

Let The Work Begin

Career Center

GaCollege411 Orientation

How to Win a Scholarship

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY GUIDE

2016 ACADEMIC HONOR GRADUATES and HONOR GRADUATES FOR 2016

There will be a mandatory practice for Senior Scholarship Night at 12 noon, Tuesday, May 17th in the auditorium.More