Chattahoochee High School
Senior Parent Night
Counseling Department
Lauren Corbett
 Julie Gracey*
 Deborah Blount
 Ebony Payno
 Rebbie Lichliter
 Alicia McClung
 Christina Kim
 Jan Turner
 Rita Jensen
 Rose Moro
*Department Chair
Graduation Coach
Social Worker
Bilingual Parent Liaison
Records Coordinator
Professional Assistant
Cluster Nurse
Assistant Principals
Assistant Principals are also assigned to students
based on the first letter of the student’s last
name. Please take a moment to identify your
Assistant Principal.
Mrs. Debra Bryant
Dr. Gladys Peoples
Ms. Camille Carmen
Mr. Tim Corrigan
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Home Access Center
• Home Access Center is a web-based home-to-school
information resource that allows parents/guardians
to view up-to-date information on their student’s
grades, attendance, homework assignments, and
more through a secure online link to school records.
• Parents can pick up their Home Access Center log-in
ID and password by showing a photo ID in the main
• More information visit the Parent Portal at
Review of Graduation Requirements
• Graduation Status Reports
• Mailed home 2nd semester of Junior year
• Update the graduation status report with the last report card and
summer course(s) (if applicable)
• Use it as a tool to double check enrollment in the appropriate
courses necessary for graduation
• Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)
• Students may exempt the LA, MA, SS, SC portions of the GHSGT if
they have passed one corresponding content area EOCT
• All students must pass the GHSGT Writing Test
• Senior Failure Letters
• Mailed home when the 6 and 12 week progress report are issues
to students
Class of 2014
Social Studies
Health/Personal Fitness
Foreign Language/Fine Art/Career Tech
4 credits
4 credits
4 credits
3 credits
1 credit
3 credits
4 credits
Semester-Long Class= 0.5 Credits; Year-Long Class= 1.0 Credit
**23 Total Credits Required to Graduate**
What are colleges looking for?
• GPA (Academic Core)
• Average in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and
World Language on a 4.0 scale
• A = 4.0
C = 2.0
B = 3.0
F = 0.0
Course Selection (Rigor)
Test Scores (SAT and/or ACT)
Class Rank
Extracurricular/Leadership Activities
College Application Essays
Letters of Recommendations
Resumes, Interviews, Portfolios
Freshman Class Statistics
# Applications
# Applicants
Mid 50%
Mid 50%
Mid 50%
University of
Admit Rate:
3.85 – 4.11 2000-2210
GA State
GA College
& State
* Class of 2016 Stats
College Grade Point Average
• The High School GPA used for admission is calculated by the
postsecondary institution, NOT by the high school or Fulton County
• Most use this scale:
A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, F = 0.0
• Most only consider core courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social
Studies & World Language)
• To calculate, assign a 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, or 0.0 for each core course grade. Add
them together and divide by the total number of core courses (estimated
• Some colleges may award additional points for Honors, AP, and College
• Some colleges may subtract the additional 7 points added by Fulton
County for Honors, AP and College courses (if so, subtract the 7 points
before assigning the 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, or 0.0)
• Contact colleges to find how they recalculate GPAs or visit their websites
• There is a GPA Mystery Form available on Counseling Department’s
Numeric Averages
• Fulton County calculates numeric averages by adding all
grades earned and dividing by the total number of grades
• 100 point scale i.e. 87.963 out of 100
• ALL grades are included in this calculation (middle school,
failed, summer school, online, core and non-core)
• Fulton County adds 7 points to the final passing grade for each
Honors, AP, and College course taken.
• Fulton County numeric averages are cumulative and weighted
HOPE Program Grade Point Average
• HOPE Scholarship Program GPA’s are calculated by the Georgia
Student Finance Commission
• Preliminary HOPE GPAs are released late January
• Final HOPE GPA calculations are submitted after graduation
• Core (MA, SC, LA, SS, WL) classes are used in the calculation
• Middle School courses are not used in the calculation
• Conversion:
• Remove all honors points from honors and AP courses
• Convert raw numeric grades to the 4.0 scale
• 90 – 100 = 4.0
• 80 – 89 = 3.0
• 70 – 79 = 2.0
• 0 – 69 = 0.0 (failing grades are included in calculation)
• Add 0.5 to only AP courses (up to 4.0)
• Divide by the total number of grades
Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program
Eligible students receive financial
assistance covering tuition and
HOPE-approved mandatory fees.
• Meet HOPE’s citizenship requirements
• Be a legal resident of Georgia
• Be a graduate of an eligible
high school
• Be registered for selective service
Types of Scholarships:
• Zell Miller
• HOPE Grant
HOPE Scholarship Requirements
• Must earn a 3.0 GPA in high school.
• The HOPE award amount varies for each school and
is a percentage amount of the standard tuition
charges from the previous year (view the chart on
GAcollege411 to find award amounts).
• Mandatory fees are covered.
• Book allowances no longer exist.
*HOPE Scholarship recipients must maintain a
3.0 GPA throughout college.
Zell Miller Scholarship Requirements
(1) Graduate as the valedictorian or salutatorian
- OR -
(2) Earn a 3.7 GPA in high school, AND either
• Earn a 1200 combined score of Reading and Math
on a single administration of the SAT, or
• Earn a composite score of 26 on a single
administration of the ACT by your graduation
• At an eligible public postsecondary institution,
100% of the standard tuition charges (view chart
on the GACollege 411 to find award amounts).
*Zell Miller Scholarship recipients must maintain
a 3.3 GPA throughout college.
HOPE Grant Program
• The HOPE Grant program is for students seeking a
technical certification or diploma, regardless of the
student's high school grade point average.
• Full-time enrollment is not required.
• HOPE Grant award amount will cover a portion of a
student's tuition. (view chart on the GACollege 411
to find award amounts).
* HOPE Grant recipients must attain & maintain a 3.0
GPA at certain checkpoints, in order to maintain
More HOPE Scholarship Program Info
• GPAs are not rounded (2.9999 is not a 3.0)
• Missing or incorrect Social Security numbers and nicknames
will delay HOPE funds
• Males must register with the Selective Service no later than
30 days before their 18th birthday. HOPE eligibility will be
delayed until this requirement is met. Log on to
• Apply for the HOPE: (1) by completing the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, or (2) by completing the
Georgia Student Financial Aid Application System (GSFAPPS online.
• Additional Information  Contact GA Student Finance
Commission (GSFC): 770-724-9000 or
Scholarship Information
• Counseling Department
• College & Career Center
• Employer Scholarships
• Professional and/or religious
organizations, banks, and
insurance companies
• Financial Aid office at each
individual college
• Attend CHS’ Financial Aid Night
Tuesday, September 17th
• Online Search Engines:
Great sites for free
scholarship searches. Large
database of scholarship
information, awards
available for academic
achievement, special skills
and talents, and/or
financial need.
Senior Year
• What students should do…
• Should have a revised list of schools to which they will
• Should have taken at least one SAT or ACT test
• Should be ready to begin working on their applications
• Attend Senior Advisement
• There is still time…
• Don’t panic…just get started!
• Research colleges – research online, college visits, talking
to alumni, etc. Match colleges with your personality and
goals in life. Make sure that you go to the college’s website
now to find out which high school courses, GPA, SAT/ACT,
etc. are required for admission so that you don’t fall short.
Narrow your college choices to 5 to 7. Be realistic!
• Attend CHS College Visits
• Sign up for the next standardized test
• To register and view upcoming test dates for the SAT
• To register and view upcoming test dates for the ACT
• SAT & ACT Fee Waivers for eligible students are
located in the Counseling Office
Application Process
• Collect and Review Application Details
• Look for checklists for each school
• Test requirements (SAT II or TOEFL?)
• Course requirements
• Start a calendar for deadlines
• Know the fees (fee waivers)
• Complete Senior Profile Sheet/Update Resume
Academic Information
Honors & Awards
Extracurricular Activities
Work/Volunteer Experience
• Write essays and make sure to have them proofread
by parents, English teachers, etc.
• Submit Application - online applications are
preferred by colleges
Transcript Request Process
• Paper transcripts requests include an addressed envelope and
cost $3.00.
• Electronic and NCAA transcripts are free
2013-2014 Transcript Request Process
• Transcript Request Card
Transcript Request Card
• Students must submit a request in writing on their
Transcript Request Card for ALL transcripts (College &
Scholarships) – even Common Application and other
institutions that use their own online portals for
Transcript Request Process
• It is important for students to hold their requests until
after Labor Day to ensure all pertinent information is
transcripts that reflect summer courses
school profile
accurate class ranking
senior class schedules
The majority of early application deadlines are in October so this
should not adversely impact any student's application.
• If the application deadline is before Labor Day, please
have your student speak with their Counselor
• End of the Year Transcript Request Procedures
Recommendations and Test Scores
• If required by the college, acquire Teacher and/or
Counselor recommendations
• Give Teachers/Counselors at least two weeks notice
• Be mindful of Holidays – Winter Break and Jan 1 deadlines
• If appropriate, provide an addressed stamped envelope for them
to mail accompanied by any forms from the college
• Some forms are now electronic!
• Provide Teacher/Counselor with a resume or copy of Senior
Profile Form (located in counseling office or counseling website).
• Standardized Tests
• Students must request scores directly through the testing
• Colleges will not accept scores sent from the high school
College-Bound Student Athletes
NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse
• Are you planning on participating in intercollegiate
athletics at an NCAA Division I or II institution? You
must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility
• To register, prospective student-athletes should:
• Access the registration materials by visiting their website
• When taking the SAT/ACT, enter 9999 for scores to be sent
to NCAA Clearing House.
• Reviewing the NCAA requirements as they might differ
from graduation requirements!
• Contact Karen Lange with any questions concerning
NCAA eligibility - [email protected]
What is Available in the
College & Career Center?
Scholarship List
Summer Opportunities
College Info
Career Info
Computers for College,
Career & Scholarship
Additional Resources
Available Princeton Review Materials for Your
Student to Checkout in the CHS Media Center
• College Essays that Made a Difference
• The Best Value Colleges- The 150 best-buy schools and what it
takes to get in.
• Cracking the ACT
• Cracking the SAT
• The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning
Disabilities or ADHD
• Portable Guidance Counselor- Answers to the 284 most
important questions about getting into college
CHS College Visits Procedures
• Students can sign up for college visits in the binder at the
front desk in the Counseling Office (dates are posted on the
Counseling Website and outside of the College & Career
• After signing up for the visit, ask Mrs. Jensen, Mrs. Turner or
the Office Aide for a pass to give your teacher
• Your teacher will sign your pass to excuse you from class that
• Students should arrive on time and initial the sign-in sheet to
record attendance
College Fairs
NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
Sunday, March 16th, 2014, Georgia World Congress Center
Probe Atlanta North College Fair
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013, North Point Mall
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Probe Gwinnett North College Fair
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, Gwinnett Center
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
100 Black Men of Atlanta 2013 College Fair
Saturday, October 5th, 2013, Georgia World Congress Center (Bldg C-4)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
KIPP Through College National College Fair
Saturday, September 7th, 3013, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Thank You for Coming!
You may also contact your student’s counselor
with any questions or concerns.

Chattahoochee High School Senior Parent Night