Guidance

 

Welcome to Guidance

Spartanburg High School provides a comprehensive Guidance Program which seeks to take into consideration the needs and concerns of all students. All students are urged to visit the Guidance Department and become acquainted with our counselors. Each student has an assigned counselor for registration and graduation credit purposes; students are free to see any counselor of their choice for other purposes.
Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and parents are encouraged to schedule an IGP meeting with their guidance counselor between Tuesday, January 17 and Friday, March 3 to discuss classes for next year. Registration begins Monday, March 13 thru Friday, March 17.
Prior to making an appointment with your counselor, please view the Things To Talk About During Your IGP Meeting document (for current 10th and 11th grade parents and students only) located under the Event/Test Dates tab or the school’s Homepage located under Quick Links.
Freshmen Parents, call 864-594-4513 for questions and to make an appointment with Ms. Holmes or Mr. Gist.

SHS Guidance Personnel

John E. Wolfe, Jr./Director of Guidance
864-594-4410 ext. 7217
Freshmen Counselors
Piper Holmes/Counselor
Students A - L calendly.com/pmholmesfa
864-594-4513 ext. 7403
Anton Gist/Counselor
Students M - Z calendly.com/cagist
864-594-4513 ext. 7402
Sarah Burney/Front Office Secretary
864-594-4513

Sophomore, Junior & Senior Counselors (The counselors have grades 10-12.)

Calla Snow/Counselor
Students A - Co - calendly.com/crsnow
864-594-4410 ext. 7219
Carolyn W. Ragin/Counselor Students Cr - He - calendly.com/cragin
864-594-4410 ext. 7222
Sarah Jumper/Counselor Students Hi - Merg - calendly.com/sajumper
864-594-4410 ext. 7221
Glover Smiley/Counselor
Students Merr - Sa – calendly.com/gsmiley
864-594-4410 ext. 7218 (Please call and make your appointment.)
Beki Moyer/Counselor
Students Sc – Z - calendly.com/rmoyer
864-594-4410 ext. 7220
Addie Jones/Career Specialist - GCDF
864-594-4410 ext. 7242
Karen L. Meadows-Rogers/Guidance Office Secretary
Schedule SC Virtual School Exam: https://calendly.com/klmeadows-rogers-7
864-594-4410 ext. 7216
Belinda Gillespie/Registrar
864-594-4410 ext. 7214
Terri Wood/Records Office
864-594-4410 ext. 7212

Student Registration

Spartanburg High School is the high school designated for Spartanburg School District Seven. If you live in District Seven and would like to enroll your student in Spartanburg High School you can come to the school between the hours of 7:45 am and 3:30 pm to meet with a counselor in the Guidance Department. The following items are needed in order to enroll your student:
  • Residence must be verified by one of the following current documents in the name of the parent or legal guardian to the principal or designee
  • Current lease agreement (children’s names should be listed)
  • Deed to property Property tax receipt (in the name of the parent or legal guardian)
  • Affidavit of adult resident of District Seven with whom student resides (verification of proof of residence by attendance worker and/or school resource officer) prior to enrollment.
And one of the following documents:
  • Current Landline utility such as phone bill, power bill, water bill, cable bill, etc.
  • Rental receipt
The following documents are required for enrollment:
  • Birth Certificate
  • South Carolina Immunization Certificate (DHEC-1148)
  • Social security card (optional)
  • Proof of legal guardianship, if applicable
The following items are required before enrollment is complete. Spartanburg High School will request the items from the student’s previous school.
  • Transfer form from sending school, including transcript, attendance records, and discipline records
  • ESOL code number
  • Special Education
If you do not live in District Seven, but would like for your student to attend Spartanburg High School, please contact the Spartanburg School District Office at 864-594-4400.

Course Registration

Course registration begins in the Spring Semester of each year for the next school year. Students meet with their assigned STRIVE advisors to discuss classes and turn in their registration cards. If classes need to be changed after this point students will fill out a Request to Change form and meet with their Guidance Counselor to discuss any necessary changes. Changes MUST be made within the first 5 days of the semester. Failure to make a change within the first 5 days will result in a “F.”

Withdrawal Procedures

  • Speak with your child’s guidance counselor to ensure the incoming school’s schedule is conducive with ours. We do not want your child to lose any credits.
  • Parent/Guardian must be present to complete and sign the withdrawal form. The parent will be given a copy of the withdrawal form which is needed for registration to their new school.
  • If child is not present, parent must have the following items:
    All Books
    Uniforms (chorus, JROTC, orchestra, etc.)
    Macbook (case pouch, charger, extension cord)
  • All fee balances must be clear
  • Parent must give the name of school (City and State) where child will be attending
  • Once the official records request is received from the entering school, all records will be sent.

Uniform Grading

South Carolina has adopted a Uniform Grading Policy that went into effect in the 2000-2001 school year. The purpose of the grading policy is to standardize grading for all courses that earn Carnegie units in South Carolina schools, including a middle/junior high school. The LIFE Scholarship requires that a student maintain a “B” average.
  • Odyssey and Honors Course are weighted the same
  • Advanced Placement courses are only at Spartanburg High School I Incomplete: student work must be completed within 10 school days. FA Failure due to excessive absences. (A “62 average” is used in computing GPR) W Withdrew: dropped from course or transferred to another school. Class rank will be computed based on all Carnegie units taken including those taken at the junior high level.

Requesting a Transcript

Transcripts can be requested from Mrs. Terri Wood in the Records Office between the hours of 7:45 am and 3:30 pm. Each transcript costs $5.00 for former students and $3.00 for current students (transcript fees include postage). All school fees must be paid before a transcript will be mailed. The Transcript Request Form can be printed and brought into the Records Office, along with the transcript fee. You may also mail in the form, along with the transcript fee, if this is more convenient for you.

Events and Testing Dates

Please check back for Upcoming Events and Guidance News.
On-Campus College Visits (during first and second lunches)
Wednesday, August 24, 2016: Savannah College of Art and Design
Friday, September 9, 2016: Newberry College
Wednesday, September 14, 2016: Presbyterian College
Wednesday, September 21, 2016: Vanderbilt University and Virginia Tech University
Friday, September 23 2016: Davidson College, Samford University and USC Columbia
Tuesday, September 27, 2016: Spartanburg Methodist College
Friday, September 30, 2016: Duke University
Thursday, October 6, 2016: Washington and Lee University
Tuesday, October 11, 2016: Sewanee: The University of the South
Monday, October 17, 2016: Lafayette College
Monday, October 24, 2016: Long Island University
Thursday, November 3, 2016: North Greenville University
Friday, November 11, 2016: Brevard College
Wednesday, March 1, 2017: ECPI
Wednesday, March 8, 2017: SMC
Wednesday, March 15 and Tuesday, April 11: Spartanburg Community College
College Application Day Thursday, October 27, 2016
Career Day
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Upcoming Test Dates

PSAT - October 19, 2016
COMPASS - November 29, 2016
ASVAB - December 1, 2016
Accuplace (Juniors Only) - March 16, 2017
ASVAB - March 30, 2017
ACT (Juniors Only) - March 1, 2, 3, 6
AP Exams - May 1 - 12, 2017
End Of Course (EOC) Tests - May 1 - 19, 2017

SAT 2016-2017

Registration information is available in Guidance or online at www.collegeboard.org.

TEST DATES TEST REGULAR LATE

Oct. 1, 2016 ………..SAT & Subject Tests …………..Sep. 1, 2016 ………………..Sep. 13 - Sep. 20, 2016
Nov. 5, 2016 ………..SAT & Subject Tests …………..Oct. 7, 2016 ………………..Oct. 18 - Oct. 25, 2016
Dec. 3, 2016………..SAT & Subject Tests ……………Nov. 3, 2016 ………………..Nov. 15 - Nov. 22, 2016
Jan. 21, 2017 ………SAT & Subject Tests …………..Dec. 21, 2016 ……………. Jan. 3 - Jan. 10, 2017
Mar. 11, 2017.. ……..SAT Only ………………………….Feb. 10, 2017 ………………Feb. 21 - Feb. 28, 2017
May 6, 2017 ……….SAT & Subject Tests ……………Apr. 7, 2017 …………………Apr. 18 - 25, 2017
June 3, 2017 ………SAT & Subject Tests ……………May 9, 2017 …………………May 16 - May 24, 2017

ACT 2016-2017

Registration information is Guidance or online at www.actstudent.org

TEST DATES REGISTRATION DEADLINES

Sept. 10, 2016 …………………..Aug. 5, 2016 ………………….Aug. 6-19, 2016
Oct. 22, 2016 ……………………Sept. 16, 2016 ……………….Sept. 17-30, 2016
Dec. 10, 2016 ……………………Nov. 4, 2016 …………………Nov. 5-18, 2016
Feb. 11, 2017 ……………………Jan. 13, 2017 ………………..Jan. 14-20, 2017
April 8, 2017 ……………………..Mar. 3, 2017 ………………… Mar. 4-17, 2017
June 10, 2017 …………………..May 5, 2017 ………………… May 6-19, 2017
Career development is an ongoing process of gaining knowledge and improving skills that will help an individual to establish a career plan. The Career Specialist, Addie Jones, works to help students begin the career process of learning about themselves and different careers. Career tests, job shadowing, career fairs, and 7Connects are all utilized. 7Connects is a monthly program that brings local careers and businesses to talk with students in the front atrium during lunch. The Career Specialist also assists guidance in preparing Individual Graduation Plans (IGPs) for each student.

Links for career development:

It is up to each student at Spartanburg High School to apply for scholarships. If you don’t apply you won’t receive one. We encourage you to pay close attention to requirements and deadlines, and not to wait until the Spring because by then it will be too late! Please also stay informed by reading the newsletter and announcement that you receive in your school email. We also have a comprehensive scholarship database to help you keep up with deadlines, contact information for college counselors, and more. Students can access the database here SHS Scholarship Database.
As you are awarded scholarships throughout the year, please give Mrs.Rogers a copy of the award letter. We want to include all of your scholarships in our Souvenir Book at graduation. Also, when you receive your acceptance letter(s), give a copy to Mrs. Rogers for our end-of-the-year College List.
College Entry Test
ACT
SAT
College Searches
Sccango.org is a great resource for students and parents. It is a program of the SC Commission on Higher Education.
FastWeb.com is a very good scholarship search engine and it is free! Sign up today!
The Commission on Higher Education (CHE) website has much valuable information for students and parents. Visit www.che.sc.gov. This site contains detailed information on the S.C. Education Lottery Scholarships as well as other helpful information.
South Carolina Student Loan has much information for students and parents about loans for college. They also have a lot of information about college and career planning. Visit them at www.scstudentloan.org.
South Carolina’s independent college and universities – Information on these colleges and universities is available at www.scicu.org. Look for the free download of the guide.
CollegeProfiles.com offers a great deal of information including in-depth college profiles with information about academic programs, athletics, campus life, facilities, expenses, financial aid, and more. Visit www.collegeprofiles.com.
ScholarshipExperts.com is a free scholarship matching service with a database of over 2.4 million scholarships.
Military Entrance Test
ASVAB
College Financial Aid
Seniors are encouraged to apply for the FASFA, which is a Free Application for Federal Student Aid program provided through the U.S. Department of Education. Depending on the student and parent’s income, students can receive a Pell Grant and/or other federal aid to make their dream of going to college a reality. Open enrollment for FASFA begins the first week of January of each year. Most colleges have a financial aid deadline on March 1st. Double check with your prospective college for a deadline and for assistance with filling out the form.

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