The role of the Professional School Counselor here at Williamson High School and Middle Grades Preparatory Academy:
The school counseling program at Lillie B. Williamson High School and Middle Grades Preparatory Academy are geared toward meeting the social, emotional, and academic/career needs of all students. This is carried out by classroom guidance, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support.
The guidance program is directed by three professionally trained counselors that follow the counseling guidelines set forth by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA).
In attempt to meet the needs of all students, various services are offered throughout the year. Services include classroom guidance lessons which address broad developmental topics (self-esteem, social skills, problem-solving skills, career awareness, bullying, etc.) as well as individual counseling for students who have specific needs. Specialized guidance services are also provided to students by way of outside agencies (Crittenton, Life Lines, Drug Education Council, Mobile Police Department, etc.).
When counselors are not working with students, they are consulting with teachers, administrators, parents, Central Office personnel, etc. We here at Williamson High School and Middle Grades Preparatory Academy have an open door policy where you as a parent or community member can freely conference with us at any time as it relates to your student(s). Some of the areas you may want to consult with a guidance team member are:
- Academic skills support/progress reports
- Career preparation
- Postsecondary planning and application process
- School adjustment issues
- Coping, problem-solving, decision-making concerns
- Organizational, study and test-taking skills
- Peer relationships and conflict resolution problems
- Divorce, separation and family changes
- Experiencing loss, death and grief
- Substance abuse awareness
- School-based and community resources information
In the event that you need a service not provided by us, please ask as we are referring agents to outside agencies. For further information about the role of your child’s counselor, please visit the school web page (http://williamson.mcs.schoolinsites.com).
The Mobile County Public School System has made Educational Planning Guides available to both you and your student(s). A copy of the plan is available at the school as well as on the school webpage under the file manager from the guidance tab. You are asked to address planning guide concerns to one of the two high school counselors in the building (Ms. Hunt or Mrs. Robinson).
The Mobile County Public School System is committed to excellence in education. This is evidenced through its extensive program offerings and the following goals for the instructional program:
- Increase Student Achievement and Student Success
- Develop and Implement of Academics of Each High School
- Provide Multiple Pathways to Graduation
- Increased Graduation Rate
- Infuse Technology into the Curriculum
- Promote a Safe and Secure Environment
- Build and Improve Facilities which Support Learning
Parents who have concerns or problems or who wish to make suggestions should contact the teacher(s), guidance counselor, or local school administration prior to requesting assistance from the district office. This will facilitate a timely response.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE EDUCATIONAL PLANNING GUIDE?
The guide is a method of providing information to parents and students and is designed to outline requirements for graduation and the course options for satisfying those requirements. The guide also, provides various needed and important information for parents and students to optimize the high school years.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK?
The educational planning guide includes information covering topics from registration to graduation. The guide begins with general information on specific topics. It also gives concise descriptions of high school course offerings. The guide provides information regarding the academies developed in each high school. Other pertinent information regarding the transition to and continued success are provided. A Parent/Guardian and Student Acknowledgement form (page 2) is provided and needs to be returned as receipt of this guide.
HOW CAN STUDENTS USE THE GUIDE?
The Educational Planning Guide is designed to help students get the most out of their high school experience. With the help of parents and others who can provide counseling, guidance, and assistance, students are encouraged to use the guide effectively by following these suggestions:
- Study the course prerequisites and recommendations.
- Develop a personal four-year/six-year educational plan by way of KUDER.
- Study general information to become familiar with terms, procedures, and policies.
- Identify Academy courses needed for chosen career plans.
ACT Test Date Info
ACT High School Code: 011838
AP EXAM DATES
College Scholarship and Grant Information
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Scholarship & Grant Information
The Smith Scholarship Foundation is a private operating Foundation established by Mignon C. Smith. Miss Smith, who never had children of her own, wanted to give students who had helped others in their community, or their families, a chance to receive a college education. Since its inception in 2005, The Smith Foundation has awarded over 100 full scholarships to Alabama high school seniors. Our Foundation is the largest private scholarship provider awarding scholarships in the State of Alabama.
The Smith Foundation Scholarships are designed to help young Alabamians obtain a higher education and fulfill their personal goals to become leaders and give back to their communities. Applications will be accepted from August 15, 2013 to January 15, 2014 for funding in fall 2014.
This is a “Last Dollar Scholarship” providing up to $15,000 per year, renewable for four years to a qualified Alabama institution of higher learning, after all other financial aid is applied. The Smith Scholarship provides funding for tuition, room/board, books, study abroad opportunities, dorm pack, business attire, mentors available 24/7, emergency assistance and professional advancement seminars while requiring a high degree of accountability and continued self-assessment from its recipients.
The qualifications are simple:
- Must be a graduating Alabama high school senior;
- Must have a minimum of a C+ grade point average;
- Planning to attend an approved 4-year public college in the State of Alabama – Nursing majors may attend an accredited two year institution;
- Significant contribution to family or community.
- There is no ACT minimum, however, the applicant must have taken the ACT or do so before an award can be made.
I encourage you to help us find deserving students who have exhibited a dedication and sense of integrity through their volunteer, community service work or assistance to their family. We are seeking those students who have struggled against the odds whether it is financial, home life or disabilities and proven they are willing to help those around them.
This is the scholarship for those students who have potential, but may not qualify for traditional test and grade based scholarships. We want to reach those students who would not otherwise be able to attend college. Approximately 15 new scholarships will be awarded in April. The deadline for Applications is January 15, 2014.
We want to encourage your students to complete the online application now available on our website at www.smithscholarships.com.
Our website addresses and contact information
The Smith Scholarship Foundation
400 Caldwell Trace
Indian Springs Village, Alabama 35242
Please contact us if you have any questions
Ahrian Tyler Dudley