School Counseling

Our Mission:

We aim to support the development of the academic, personal/social, and spiritual domains of each student while fostering a vibrant school climate. Our services support the GCCS School Mission of preparing Christian leaders that impact their world.

Important DateS:

March 9 : SAT Test Date (Register by Feb 1)

April 13: ACT Test Date (Register by Mar 8)


Learning how to learn is a process. It is common for students to face academic challenge when first experiencing high school coursework, but don’t fear. Developing positive study skills can help students navigate difficult content and workload. We’re here to help prepare you for GCCS and postsecondary education.


Naviance offers a variety of college/career resources, as well as assessments that help you gage your learning style, personality and strengths.

Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan is offering a free online practice hub that allows students to prepare for upcoming SAT or ACT exams. Please follow the link to access the main page. To access this resource, click here.


There is a new app on the iOS App Store called Perfect 36, where students can study for the ACT on their iPhone/iPad 100% free! All they have to do is download the app and create an account. Also, for students without an iPhone or iPad, we also have a website with all the same information as the app (and it is also free):


General Study Skills Resources

Math Help

Time Management


Recommended Reading

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Search and discover multiple opportunities as you seek out God’s plan for your life. Workshops covering college applications, financial aid, and advanced coursework options high school students will be offered in the Fall and Spring.


Naviance is a college and career readiness program that GCCS uses to align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life.

To access your free Naviance account visit

Explore Careers

College Timeline and Checklists by Grade

College Entrance Testing

The College Essay

KnowHow2Go Workbook

First Generation College Students

College, Career, and Pre-College Information

Bowling Green Summer Academic & Pre-College Programs

BGSU pre-college programs provide opportunities for students to experience BGSU campus, while expanding knowledge, building skills & exploring their interests. More info HERE.

Columbus State Manufacturing Night

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - join Columbus State, Honda, Worthington Industries, Stanley Electric and Midwest Acoust-a-Fiber to learn more about pathways to high-wage, technical careers in manufacturing and logistics. Learn more here!

Mechanisms via Nationwide Children's Hospital

On Monday and Thursday evenings, beginning June 10 through July 22, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm- Students interested in medicine or medical research, are welcome to this in-depth program designed to challenge the serious science behind medical and biomedical careers. Learn more here!

University of Dayton Engineering Camps

Women in Engineering, Summer Honors Engineering Camp, and Minority Engineering and Technology Camp for Young Men are all being offered this summer at UD. Students thinking about studying engineering in college should consider attending. Call Shawnee Breitenstein at 937-229-5080 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

High School Transitions for Parents

Parents of high school seniors are using Andy Stanley's series, Starting Point, to prepare for helping their seniors transfer from high school to college, work, or a combination of both. Contact Will Smith at 614-668-0241 or Mike Phillips 614-477-0373 about when classes meet or for more information.

Duke Summer Session Program

Duke Summer Session is a program committed to providing high school students with the opportunity to be a college student over the summer at one of the world’s premier universities. By attending the Summer College program, you will not only have the authentic college experience of living in Duke University’s dorms and taking credit-bearing classes alongside undergraduate students, but also the opportunity to accompany your college application with a letter of recommendation from a Duke instructor and transcript from Duke University – two substantive indicators that you have what it takes to thrive in an elite academic setting. To apply, or for more information, visit

Entrepreneurship 101 Program at University of Dayton

Rising high school juniors, seniors and first-year college students will learn more about entrepreneurship, the idea-generation process, elevator pitches and more. Through engaging lectures and class activities, site visits and guest speakers, students will have the opportunity to earn 3 credit hours and compete for up to $10,000 in UD scholarship dollars in an elevator pitch competition — all while living on campus and experiencing life in Dayton. Learn more at

USA Gap Year Fairs

These fairs provide a broad exposure to gap year options & the opportunity for face-to-face conversations with gap year organizations, experts & alum. Register for an upcoming fair in Cleveland at Lawrence School in Cleveland, HERE.


Leadership 101 Program at University of Dayton

Open to rising high school juniors and seniors, this 2 week experience will help students gain an understanding of the foundations of leadership, assess their leadership behaviors and preferred leadership style, discover the 5 practices of exemplary leadership and create a personal leadership development plan. Learn more at

Columbus State Community College Logistics Engineering Technology Early College Experience

Join Columbus State for a 3-day Summer Camp focusing on Logistics Engineering Technology! Students get to participate in interactive labs, tour automated distribution centers and the CSCC campus, learn about careers in logistics and engineering , and meet industry professionals and current college students. For more information, contact Stephanie Page at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 614-287-2211.

OCU Online Plus Program

A new UNIQUE online bachelor degree program is now being offered by Ohio Christian University. Students can complete a bachelor’s degree in as little as 3 years, majoring in Business, History, Political Science, English, or Interdisciplinary Studies (with more added soon!). It costs $4500/semester (12-18 credit hours) and students can opt to travel, live, and study in places like Italy (and others) while earning college credits! For more information, visit

Mount Carmel College of Nursing Annual Explore Nursing Day

Mount Carmel College of Nursing is hosting their Annual Explore Nursing Day. It is an open invitation to Central Ohio area sophomores and juniors with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. The event will consist of information about nursing education and nursing careers, preaparing for the college application process, college planning materials, college readiness session for students and parents, presentation on funding college, breakfast and lunch, a keynote speaker, and hands on nursing skills demonstrations. For more information, call 614-234-5800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business Visit Opportunities

The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University is offering two different visit opportunities. Fisher Fridays are visit programs reserved for students who will be applying for Autumn 2019 admission to THE Ohio State University and are interested in learning more about the college of business. The class visit program allows prospective students to sit in on a business class with a student ambassador on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays! If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Field at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To register, visit here!

University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy

Join us for "Very Important Potential Pharmacists" on March 29, 2019. Students interested in math, science & healthcare are encouraged to attend. Please complete THIS form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

College Student Writing Guide

Whether responding to a short prompt or crafting a long-form essay, writing is an indispensable skill for students who want to excel in their postsecondary education. When graduation rolls around, these same skills will be needed once more, whether in writing a cover letter for a potential job or composing essays for graduate-level admissions and scholarship requirements. This writing guide covers these areas and prepares students to understand how to write at the college level. Visit the site here.

Wright State University Pre-College Programs

In addition, Wright State University offers a number of other pre-college programs for 6th-12th grades. There are a variety of programs available. Click here to visit the site to find more information or to sign up for a specific program.

College Liftoff

College Liftoff offers a variety of services, such as admissions support, finding the right fit for college, and funding strategies for college. For more information, click here.

Paying for College


Education First Credit Union Scholarship

Education First Credit Union is awarding six scholarships at $1,000 each for seniors who are attending a two or four year university, in the fall. Application is due February 23, 2019. More info HERE.

Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program

The Joyce Ivy Scholars Program is designed to honor high achieving women in the Midwest with scholarships to summer programs at Yale, Harvard, and more. Application is due March 1, 2019. More info HERE.

Charles L Warren Scholarship

Students from underrepresented populations with at least a 3.0 GPA, and attending a college in Ohio, are eligible for a one time scholarship of $1,500. Application is due January 21, 2019. More info HERE.

College Board Scholarships

College Board is beginning a new program that will give students chances for scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,0000, by doing their college admissions tasks (taking the ACT, filling out a FAFSA form, etc.). Students can register for more information HERE.

Discover Business Scholarship

If you are seeking a Business or Accounting degree, these forms have numerous national scholarship opportunities that range from $1,000 to $60,000. Click HERE for Business degree scholarships, or HERE for Accounting degree scholarships.

Flavorful Futures

We are looking for fun and unique candidates for our Flavorful Futures Scholarship. Sparkling Ice® is awarding FIVE $5,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors who are planning their bright and colorful futures. Click HERE for more info.

GCU Scholarship

For students interested in Grand Canyon State University, on campus students will be offered $4,000 and off campus students will be offered $1,500 for the 2019-2020 school year. More info HERE.

2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award is a program that provides an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and recognize students who have distinguished themselves through community service. One student from GCCHS will be honored with the award and will become eligible to receive an award of $1,000 or more, a medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. in the spring. For more information or to apply, go to or

Raise.Me FAFSA Micro-Scholarship is now offering a new micro-scholarship to seniors for completing the FAFSA!! To learn more, read about it in Yahoo! Finance or visit the website listed below.

Additional Scholarship Information

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Recommended Reading for Parents

  • You’re On Your Own, but I’m Here If You Need Me: Mentoring Your Child through the College Years by Marjorie Savage
  • Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years by Helen E. Johnson
  • I’ll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students by Margo E. Woodacre Bane

Recommended Reading For Students

  • Lost in Transition: Becoming Spiritually Prepared for College by Tommy McGregor

We are committed to cultivating students that are healthy in all aspects of their life, and care deeply about spiritual and personal growth. Please use the information below for ongoing personal development and crisis intervention.

Suicide Prevention


    Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8825 (Available 24 hrs/day)

    *If you (or your child) is in immediate danger, dial 911 and report immediately to a designated crisis center, or the nearest emergency room.

  • In addition, 1st year high school students (Freshmen) participated in the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Classroom Curriculum on January 29th and 30th, 2018. The goal of SOS is to prevent and reduce suicide behavior by expanding the safety net for students experiencing psychological and emotional distress. The curriculum trains teachers and students about the warning signs of suicide and the appropriate responses.

    SOS is a national suicide prevention program that has been found to be a positive experience that reduces the stigma of depression and teaches students and adults how to support students’ well-being.

Navigating Social Media



Community Mental Health Resources

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    • Services include youth crisis stabilization, medication management, psychiatric evaluation and consultation, community behavioral health, parent education, and outpatient psychotherapy.
      Phone: (614) 355-8080. Address: 700 Children's Drive, Columbus, OH 43205
  • Netcare
    • Offering 24/7 youth crisis services and a crisis stabilization unit.
      Phone: (614) 276-CARE (2273) Address: 199 S. Central Avenue Columbus, OH 43223
  • Counseling at The Naz
    • Biblical counseling including individual meetings, family counseling and other offerings such as Financial Peace University.
  • Phone: (614) 875-2551. Address: 4770 Hoover Rd, Grove City, OH 43123
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 “See something, say something.”

Call or text the Ohio Safety Tip Line (844-SAFER-OH or 844-723-3764) to prevent and alert school officials and law enforcement about a school safety crisis.
This anonymous tip line allows students and adults to share information about student safety—whether against an individual or group.

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