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Guidance Department

Demopolis High School- Guidance Department

A counselor is available to help students who wish to obtain information about curriculum requirements, to explore career possibilities, or to seek help with particular personal problems. Students are urged to take advantage of the guidance services that are available.

Mrs. Leslie May -

 11th and 12th Grades 

Mr. Bill Barley -

 9th and 10th Grades

What is Guidance?
Guidance can best be defined as the services available to each student to help assure his/her academic success in school: to help him/her better understand their strengths and limitations, to identify his interests, to aid them in planning for and attaining realistic goals.

What is included in our school guidance program?

To assist students with proper planning, the guidance department has a variety of services to offer: (1) one-on-one discussion; (2) test-taking or test-interpretation; (3) information about educational, vocational, or personal matters; (4) referral to other agencies for specialized help; (5) individual counseling at the request of student, parent, teacher, and administration; (6) ACT and SAT tutorial programs available on school computer network upon request; (7) Financial Aid Program and College Selection Service; (8) At-Risk counseling.

What is counseling and how does it work?

Counseling is the process by which a student can receive assistance by conference to help him understand himself in relation to the developing and changing world. An important part of this process may include a conference with parents and teachers and the use of other school and community resources.

The counselor uses individual and group test, school orientation, information about vocational training, colleges, careers, and placement facilities in working with the individual student.

Counseling provides professional assistance for individual students by helping them be more objective and realistic in seeking self-understanding and self-development. Individual counseling helps students interpret and relate knowledge in (a) understanding themselves better, (b) solving everyday problems and (c) making realistic educational and occupational plans. The counselor's responsibility is to seek full and accurate interpretation of facts and develop student and parent understanding.

When should the students see a counselor?
Whenever they have anything they would like to discuss, students should go to the counselor's office and set up an appointment.

Will the counselor discuss what the student says with anyone else?
Anything discussed will be kept confidential, unless mandated by law to be reported.

Dropping a Subject/Schedule Changes: The master schedule for the school is set up according to student need and demand as indicated by registration. Students will not be allowed to make subject changes just for the sake of change. Changes in schedules will be made during the first week of school for legitimate reasons only.

A schedule change request form MUST be completed in the counselor's office for the change to be considered.

Withdrawal from School: Students who withdraw from school during the school year must clear with the office on textbooks, records, fees, etc. Records will not be released until the student is properly checked out. This withdrawal process should be started in the guidance office.