Languages Department
Learning Differences Conference 2013
ACS Athens Student Affairs -  Counseling

Academy Counseling

As high school begins, expectations rise. Academic rigor characterizes the Academy as students prepare for transitioning to higher education with academic courses that lead to an ACS Athens Diploma, an ACS Athens Honors Diploma, Advanced Placement Certificates or/and an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Transcripts become important as grades throughout high school are now cumulative.   Counselors begin advising each student on their future university options.  This is done both on a 1:1 basis as well as through the Advisory courses 9th-12th grade.  As early as 8th grade counselors meet with each student and their family to create a course framework, the Four Year Plan, to guide them in their academic and extracurricular options and choices in high school, which will ultimately lead them to their best fit higher education choices.

Maintaining a balance between academics and extracurricular activities is vital in this stage of the student's life and counselors, through a variety of programs, assist the students in making the best choices while maintaining optimal well being. Such choices throughout high school are skillfully put together in a digital portfolio (or hard copy) used to present students’ best work to universities across the world.

In addition, a comprehensive step by step guidelines brochure has recently been developed to assist student athletes explore the vast educational / athletic opportunities available to them in the United States.