Counseling Newsletter

AHS Counseling Department 09.10.2021

ASVAB Testing - Thursday, 9/30 @ 7:30 AM

The ASVAB is a required test for entrance into the military. It can also be used by students not interested in the military to discover potential careers.

The test is open to students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Students can register in eClass - Counseling Corner or at this link -

Students must be signed into their GCPS google account to access the link.

Upcoming College Visits & Fairs

Probe College Fairs

9/23 6:00-8:00 PM - Shiloh HS

9/29 6:00-8:00 PM - Brookwood HS

9/30 6:00-8:00 PM - Mountain View HS

Register at

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Students can register for any of these fairs offered on the following dates: 9/12, 10/3, 10/24, 11/14

Arts & STEM Fair - 11/2

Register at

Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, & Yale

Virtual meeting with representatives from all five colleges. The representatives will share news from their campuses and updates related to the coming admissions cycle. Offered on various dates.

Register at

College Applications & SAT/ACT Testing

Seniors received information for college apps, testing, and recommendation letters last week during their advisement class. The presentation can be found here.

Students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch can receive fee waivers for SAT/ACT testing and college applications. The lunch application must be completed every year to remain eligible. Parents can complete the lunch application online here.

The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.

The deadline to apply is September 15, 2021.

Senior Applications for Graduation

Over the course of the next few weeks, counselors will meet with seniors to discuss their applications for graduation. All applications will be mailed home by the end of October.

Please read the mailed letter, handouts, and application for important senior graduation information.

Military Academies

Students seeking admission to a military academy will require a congressional nomination. Deadlines are in October. Please see the following link for more information.

Resources for First-Generation College Students

You are considered a first-generation student if neither of your parents graduated from college.

How To College: First-Gen Podcast

Center for First-Generation Student Success

CAP Program for College Admission Assistance

On behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Psi Omega Omega Chapter, we would like to invite high school Juniors and Seniors to participate in a free college admissions program entitled #CAP for the 2021-2022 academic year.

#CAP (College Admission Process) is a step-by-step program that walks high school Juniors and Seniors through the process of applying and gaining acceptance into colleges and universities. Throughout the program, students will receive free assistance with personal statements, SAT/ACT resources, and identify various colleges and universities that they would like to gain acceptance into. They will also hear from a host of speakers and subject-matter experts who can act as resources for them. The ultimate goal of #CAP is to have each high school Senior gain acceptance into a college or university of his or her choice upon graduating high school.

Our Orientation Session will be held Thursday, September 16th, 2021, from 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom.

Contact Mrs. Hamilton for an application or more information.

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Archer HS Counseling Department

9th grade - Cayla McMichael

College & Career - Nicole Hamilton

A-D - Blair Park (Morton)

E-Lee - William Maloney

Lef-Rn - Kimberly Spence

Ro-Z - Erin P Kilpatrick