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Guidance and Counseling Services

Our Guidance and College Counselors assist students in dealing with a wide range of issues including, academics, career exploration, social topics, and personal concerns. Take comfort in knowing that students' needs will be handled with confidence and respect.

Confidentiality

In order for students to feel that they can talk openly and freely in counseling sessions, it is very important that parents understand that everything will be done to ensure the student’s confidence. Please do not expect information that your child has trustingly disclosed in a counseling session to be disclosed to parents, unless it is one of the four exceptions listed below.

Exceptions to Confidentiality: There are four instances in which the Guidance Office may breach confidentiality:

  1. If it is felt that student is likely to do serious harm to themselves or others
  2. If abuse of children or the elderly is suspected
  3. If information is court ordered
  4. If the student gives specific written permission

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Rawlins, Guidance Counselor, at 904.268.8667.


Grade Level Action Plans

Freshman Calendar and Action Plan -- Semester 1

  1. Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your college plans.  Review your schedule with the counselor to make sure you’re enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college.  Colleges prefer four years of English, math, science and a foreign language.
  2. Take the PSAT/NMQST in October at CCA.
  3. Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
  4. Become more involved with extracurricular activities.  Make sure you inform your guidance counselor these activities in order to keep your Student Activities Sheet updated.
  5. Go to college fairs in your area.  Attend the Jacksonville National College Fair at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in the fall. It’s not too early to start looking at college options.
  6. Review the requirements for Florida Bright Future Scholarships.
  7. Start building your G.P.A.  Realize that in the end, you will be responsible for the classes you took and the grades you earned, and that someone besides your parents will be looking at your final grades.


Sophomore Calendar and Action Plan -- Semester 1

  1. Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your college plans.  Review your schedule with the counselor to make sure you’re enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college.  Colleges prefer four years of English, math, science and a foreign language.
  2. Take the PSAT/NMQST in October at CCA.
  3. Take the PLAN in November at CCA.
  4. Start a calendar with Important dates and deadlines.
  5. Become more involved with extracurricular activities.  Make sure you inform your guidance counselor these activities in order to keep your Student Activities Sheet updated.
  6. Go to college fairs in your area.  Attend the Jacksonville National College Fair at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in the fall. It’s not too early to start looking at college options.
  7. Review the requirements for Florida Bright Future Scholarships.
  8. Start building your G.P.A.  Realize that in the end, you will be responsible for the classes you took and the grades you earned, and that someone besides your parents will be looking at your final grades.


Junior Calendar and Action Plan -- Semester 1

  1. Continue to meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your college plans.  Review your schedule with the counselor to make sure you’re enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college.  Colleges prefer four years of English, math, science and a foreign language.
  2. Take the PSAT/NMQST in October at CCA.
  3. Start you college search:
    1. Make lists of your abilities, preferences, and personal qualities.  List things you may want to study and do in college.
    2. Jumpstart your college planning by reading about majors and careers.  Please visit the CCA library or Guidance Office for these resources.
    3. Attend College fairs (including the NACAC College Fair at the Prime Osborn) and take college  tours.
  4. Begin thinking about financial aid:
    1. Remember to keep up your G.P.A.
    2. There are many scholarships available that depend on your grades.
    3. Familiarize yourself with the FAFSA.
  5. Register for the SAT and ACT.
  6. Begin preparing your resume to use when completing college applications senior year.


Senior Calendar and Action Plan -- Semester 1

  1. Narrow your list of colleges to between 5 and 10 and review it with your guidance counselor.  Obtain an application and financial aid information from each.  Visit as many colleges as possible.
  2. Make a master calendar and note:
    1. Test dates (SAT and ACT), fees and deadlines.
    2. College application due dates.
    3. Recommendations, transcripts, and other necessary materials.
  3. Request recommendations (from teachers, directors, guidance counselors, etc.)  Give each person your resume and any required forms.
  4. Write application essays and ask teachers, parents, and friends to read first drafts.
  5. Try to apply “Early Action” or “Early Decision”.  Colleges will know you are serious about your education and future goals.
  6. Use Scholarship Search and www.collegeboard.com and review scholarship books.
  7. Stay focused on your grades.  Remember most scholarships depend on your G.P.A.
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