As a new family, where can I learn more about your school?
At this time, we were not able to have our Open House/Curriculum Expo 2020 but no worries, we made a virtual one here! Additionally, you can check our Course Registration link on our website for the Mini-Guide, course descriptions, and a Course Video Library to watch videos about our electives! If you are an 8th grade family, please contact your 8th grade WCPSS counselor for more information. If you are a new family to Green Level, please contact our Dean of Students, Hamilton Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Please continue to check back for more updates!
If it's the weekend, how do I get help with a crisis situation?
Counselors try to answer emails as fast as we can - but on the wekeends, we are being our human self too - so in an emergency, please do not email - instead, seek out the resources below for help.
Our district has many resources for various situations on their website here.
If you are worried about a friend and it's the weekend - you can call 911 in an emergency and ask for a wellness check. You can let a counselor know by emial that you called or come see your counselor the next school day and we can check in on you - and your friend too.
What does confidentiality mean for school counselors and students?
Confidentiality is an important aspect of counseling - this is how we build trust with you!
What you say during counseling is to remain between the counselor and you (=confidential) unless:
- You are in imminent danger.
- You is threatening to harm yourself or someone else.
- You report an incident of abuse and/or neglect.
- You gives permission to disclose.
When we break confidentiality, we would make a report to the appropriate agencies, support staff and/or parents/guardians depending on the situation.
Our highest priority is keeping you safe. School counselors and other school staff members are mandated reporters. Mandated reporters are required by law to report to CPS any time a student is suspected of being in danger.
Where can I learn more about potential careers?
We have an awesome resource for you - in our Career Development Coordinator, Ms. Cotton. Please see her website for more information.
What are some resources for college searches?
Here are some of our favorites:
- CollegeBoard Big Future - This website allows you to browse the almost 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States and compare them based on location, size, majors, admissions requirements and more. If you sign into your CollegeBoard account, you can save colleges and compare them.
- College Navigator - This Federal website allows you to compare important data and statistics from colleges - maybe not as pretty as CB but has the most information to share.
- Cappex - Great resource to play college matchmaker and it also connects you to MeritAid to also match you with financial aid/scholarships. Heads up - any matchmaker sites will send lots of emails so it may be better to create your college or scholarship email address that will house all this information.
- College Insight - This website works with the Institute for College Access and Success (Mrs. Roberts worked with one of their members at a Financial Aid conference and was so impressed!) - You can find statistics for any school on such topics as college affordability, graduation rates, and college diversity, including the racial and ethnic breakdown of students and professors.
- CollegeMajors101 - This website allows you to learn more about potential majors, job trends and salary information - and helps you find a fit if you don't know what you want to do yet
How can I get a copy of my current "official" transcript?
This depends on who you are sending your transcript to so please review each and the instructions below.
Official transcripts to a college/university in North Carolina:
- Students can send transcripts to all North Carolina colleges and universities for FREE through the College Foundation of North Carolina by visiting: www.CFNC.org using the "Transcript Manager" tool. Transcripts are sent electronically and final transcripts are also sent automatically to the colleges/universities listed, mid-year transcripts are not included.
Official transcripts to schools outside of North Carolina and for NCAA Eligiblility:
- Visit ScribOnline
- Follow the directions
- The first three requests are free. After the third request, there is a $5.00 charge per request
SAT/ACT Score Reporting:
- Colleges and universities must recieve SAT, ACT and AP scores directly from the testing program. For SAT reports, refer to CollegeBoard to request score reports to be sent and for ACT score, refer to ACT to request score reports to be sent. AP scores need to be sent directly from CollegeBoard as well. Student Services cannot send these reports to post-secondary options as we do not get official reports - students must send them directly from the testing agencies as official scores.
How do I request an "unofficial" transcript?
If you would like an unofficial transcript to review, you can come by Student Services and request one. You can also email Ms. Bullins at email@example.com Due to the confidential nature of transcripts, we are unable to send official or unofficial documents by email. You can pick up or have the information mailed home.
Do I need an arts course for graduation?
Simply put - no. Some four year institutions may require an arts course for admissions. It is always recommended to look at the "Admissions" tab on a college or university website to find out about admissions requirements above and beyond our graduation requirements. One example is South Carolina institutions, i.e. University of South Carolina and Clemson, require an arts course (and an additional science lab course) and the Univeristy of California institutions also require an arts course for admissions.
What do I do if I am absent from school?
We hope you are feeling better soon! Please see our Attendance website for next steps.
How do parents/guardians make appointments with counselors?
Parents can email students directly at this area on our website. Each counselor handles students by alphabet so please look for your child's counselor by their last name and email the counselor. We try to keep our days open for students - but are always open to making appointments with families!
Students will use our online calendars to make appointments - we keep our calendars open to students during the day to best support them as needed.
What should I see my counselor for?
High school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment, hope - and so much more. High school counselors are here to be a resource to support students through it all - and parents/guardians too. School counselors deliver a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, personal, social and posts-secondary needs of every student.
Here are some common reasons to see your counselor:
- Academic planning for next year's courses and a complete four year academic plan
- Concerns with your friends, family or another important relationships
- Guidance on post-high school plans that include work/careers, military, community or technical school or four year college/universities
- Quick vent session - no matter if it's a good or bad day - we are here to listen!
- Get help in searching for scholarships and financial aid
- Organizing your busy schedule - how to stay balanced with academic, extra-curriculars, jobs, responsibilities and more
- Letters of recommendation for jobs, colleges or even summer enrichments - and they are pretty good when we get to know you - so come in!
- Help doing better in school - not just with improving grades, but also how to use your strengths in your favorite subjects and take on challenge and rigor where you can show what you know!
- You need someone to listen - and help advocate for you - and help you to advocate for yourself
- We are really awesome - and we really like to be a part of and witness you realizing your potential - every day!
Students: Here's how to make an appointment with us through Calendly - Counselor's Calendars
Parents: You can email your child's counselor directly to schedule a meeting. Please do not use the online calendar option - we reserve this for students each day. Thank you!
Do I need to make an appointment for my counselor "check-in"?
YES - All counselors have a Calendly link on our website. Here is the link to find out your counselor and make an appointment: Student Services