The Counseling Corner @ The CAS

*Career * College * Community * Connection * Collaboration*

Welcome to the West Ashley Center for Advanced Studies!

Welcome to the first official Counseling newsletter here at the CAS! We are finally open for business and we are so excited to be able to offer our programs to the students of West Ashley High School, Baptist Hill Middle High School, and St. John's High School!

We currently offer the following courses:

  • Automotive Technology 1-4 **
  • Computer Repair and Service
  • Advanced Computer Repair and Service
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals
  • Advanced Cybersecurity
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Science 1-3
  • Mechatronics EC & IS (Mechatronic 1: Electrical Components & Industrial Safety)
  • Mechatronics Components ( Mechatronics 2: Electric Drives/Hand & Power Tools)
  • Electro Pneumatics and Hydraulics (Mechatronics 3)
  • Mechatronics SF & PC (Mechatronics 4: Digital Fundamentals & Programmable Controllers)
  • Media Technology 1-4 **
  • PLTW Biomedical Sciences
  • PLTW Computer Science Essentials
  • PLTW Intro. to Engineering Design & Development H
  • PLTW Principles of Engineering H
  • PLTW Aerospace Engineering H
  • PLTW Civil Engineering & Architecture H
  • Sports Medicine 1-3 & WBL
  • Welding Technology 1-4 **

** Indicates a new program

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About the CAS

  • The West Ashley Center for Advanced Studies is a new, state-of-the-art facility, located at the West Ashley High School campus, offering students from West Ashley High School, St. John's High School, and Baptist Hill Middle-High School, opportunities to complete coursework in eleven College and Career Pathways. Our goal is to support students as they work to become CTE completers with industry-recognized certifications that fulfill the State of South Carolina’s College and/or Career Readiness certification. We offer exciting and relevant courses in Automotive Technologies, Mechatronics, Welding, Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences, Sports Medicine, Media Technologies, Computer Service and Repair, Cybersecurity and Networking, and Civil and Aerospace Engineering. Our staff is dedicated to providing students with dynamic, “real-world” experiences to prepare them for post-secondary educational opportunities or to enter the workforce with the skills to compete for high-paying job opportunities in today’s competitive job market.

Proudly Serving the Students of:

Meet Principal Dale Metzger, West Ashley Center for Advanced Studies

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Helpful Information

Labor Day - No School

Monday, Sep. 6th, 7:15am-2:45pm

West Wildcat Boulevard

Charleston, SC

How to Make the Most out of Your High School Schedule

Plan Ahead

As early as ninth grade, you should begin thinking about what classes you’ll take over the next four years. It’s important to know what your high school requires you to take to graduate. You will receive that information each year during your IGP meeting.

Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Do any classes have prerequisites (or requirements before taking them)?

For example, if you know that the PLTW Aerospace Engineering class is something

that you would like to take, you need to know that you will have to take PLTW

Intro. to Engineering and PLTW Principles of Engineering first!

2. What classes are required by the colleges that I want to apply to?

You may have taken the minimum requirements for your high school diploma, but

do you still need additional classes to apply to your college? Do you stand out?

Have you taken the courses that are required by your major?

For example, if you know you want to study mathematics, then you might find out

which math classes are required by colleges — and take as many math classes as

you can during high school.

3. Challenge Yourself

In each of the core subject areas, your high schools offer different class levels,

including CP, honors, AP, and Dual Credit. You will want to take classes at a level

that not only challenges you to learn something new but also prepares you for

college. So which one is right for you?

4. Get Advice

Remember: You’re not in this alone! Your school counselors are there to help you

plan your high school schedule — and get you on the path to college success. Be

sure to contact them regularly to ask the following:

  • Am I taking the right classes to graduate from high school?
  • Are these the classes I should take to get into college?
  • Should I take an honors or AP class?
  • What other classes would you recommend to me?

And don’t forget to ask the other trusted adults in your life — teachers, parents, or coaches, just to name a few!

Waite, A. (2020, April 28). Making the Most of Your High School Schedule. Coalition for College.

What Should I Ask my School Counselor?

  • What courses do I need to take to be ready for college?

  • Which elective courses do you recommend for my major or career interest?

  • Which AP courses should I consider taking?

  • When is the PSAT going to be given?

  • How should I study for the SAT?

  • Do you have any college planning sessions scheduled?

  • What activities can I do at home and over the summer to get ready for college?

  • Are there any college fairs at this school, or nearby?

  • What colleges do other kids from our school go to?

  • Do you have any information to help me start exploring careers?

  • If my colleges need a recommendation from you, how can I help you know me better, so it can be more personal?

  • Are there any special scholarships or awards that I should know about now, so I can work toward them?

  • Can I see my transcript as it stands now, to see if everything is as I think it should be?

  • What forms do I use to apply for financial aid and where I can find them online?

    October SAT Reminder!

    Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 8am

    This is an online event.

    Next SAT test date.

    Register by September 2nd!!

    October ACT Reminder!

    Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 8am

    This is an online event.

    Next ACT test date.

    Register by September 17th!!


    New scholarships are added when they are received

    September Deadlines

    1. Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest

    • Deadline: September 15, 2020
    • Requirements: Applicants must be in 11th or 12th grade and write a 200-900 word essay on a monthly prompt. The prompt for September is, “When was a time when a belief or understanding you had was challenged in the classroom? What did you learn?
    For more information go to:
    • Amount: $200

    2. The Gates Scholarship

    • Deadline: September 15, 2021
    • Requirements: Applicants must be African American, Hispanic American, Pacific Islander American, Asian, or American Indian/Alaskan Native, be eligible for a Pell Grant, and have a minimum 3.3 GPA (4.0 scale).

    For more information go to:


    • Amount: Full-tuition!

    3. USC South Carolina Honors College High School Writing Contest

    • Deadline: September 19, 2021
    • Requirements: Applicants must be in 11th or 12th grade and write an essay in 750 words or less on the prompt, “How should we improve the state of South Carolina?

    For more information go to:

    • Amount: $250 - $1,000

    4. QuestBridge National College Match

    • Deadline: September 29, 2020
    • Requirements: Applicants must show outstanding academic ability, have experienced long-term economic hardship, and attend one of the 38 QuestBridge partnering colleges including Yale, UVA, MIT, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago.
    For more information go to:
    • Amount: Full-ride!

    5. Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

    • Deadline: September 30, 2020
    • Requirements: Applicants must be in 9th-12th grade and must submit an application form including a 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists and asked to write a full-length 500 to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.

    For more information go to:
    • Amount: $1,000