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Counseling Information:


The mission of our counseling program is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that helps our students reach their potential. We are all masters’ level trained counselors. We work in conjunction with school staff, families, and community agencies to help students with personal, social, and academic needs.
Counselors provide information and counseling in matters of career choice, educational alternatives and enhancement of personal and interpersonal skills.  There are any number of reasons for students to seek out a counselor at school. The times that we live in can be difficult and stressful. Many personal and school related problems have a direct impact on a child’s ability to learn. School counselors and support staff provide a safe, confidential environment for all students to discuss these issues. 


All potential dropouts are counseled and every effort is made to encourage them to continue their education.  Using the withdrawal form provided by the counseling office, each student who leaves school must clear with each of his/her teachers, the library, the cafeteria, and administration.  Students should inform the counseling office so that withdrawal papers can be initiated.


Permanent School Records  

All permanent school records are kept in the counseling office.  Information pertaining to test results, grades, attendance and immunizations is recorded regularly.  Providing the principal or counselor attends, students and/or their parents may inspect the student's records



Students or parents may make a formal request for a transcript to be sent to another school, college, prospective employer or the military.  There is a charge of $1.00 per transcript.  Former students who request copies shall be charged $3.00 per transcript.


Health Needs  

Upon request from a parent, teacher or student, the counselor will make a referral to one of the many available community service agencies.  All referrals are kept confidential.


Scholarships/Financial Aid Information  

All seniors desiring a scholarship or financial aid are urged to make their needs known to the senior counselor; Dr. Shae Jones or Michele Winne who will be serving as the Scholarship Coordinator.  Students are encouraged to refer to the Scholarship News Bulletin and to listen to announcements regularly for Scholarship updates. The United States Department of Education encourages you to file the FAFSA on line @ A Financial Aid Workshop is held for students and parents each January.


Career Choice and Post-Secondary Planning  

Each student will develop a four-year plan, declare a course of study, and choose a career pathway.  A vocational aptitude battery is available to all juniors.  Juniors and seniors are eligible for career exploration experiences, such as job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships.  


College Visits  

College Visit forms need to be filled out 48 hours prior to visit. Forms can be found in the Counseling Office. Students are permitted 3 college visits during the duration of high school.  Provided prior approval is received and proper documentation is provided from the college to verify the visit, that day is not counted against the student for attendance purposes.  Non-college visits such as physicals for the military will be considered on an individual basis.

In compliance with Federal Law, Buncombe County Schools administers all education programs including its Career and Technical Education Programs, employment, activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability. 

Nondiscrimination Policy