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

2/12: CCP Parent-Student Information Meeting – Church Choir Room – 6:30 PM

2/15: Parent-Teacher Conferences


Learning how to learn is a process. It is common for students to face academic challenge when first experiencing high school course work, 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.


To access the free ACT prep, follow the link below to Naviance, then once you are signed into your Naviance account, the test prep is listed underneath resources.

Naviance Link:

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.

General Study Skills Resources

Math Help

Time Management


The PARCC (Class of 2018 and Beyond)

Recommended Reading

  • 10 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

Entrepreneurship 101 Program at University of Dayton on June 17-29

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

Leadership 101 Program at University of Dayton on June 17-29

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

Information Systems Day at Ohio State

The Information Systems  Association at the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University is once again hosting a visit day for interested high school students who may be interested in Information Systems as a major or field of interest. Please register at by February 16th. Feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the event, or if you would like more information about our organization, please browse the Information Systems Association website

John Deere Construction and Forestry Tech Program

Get paid to go to college? Yes, it’s true! John Deere and Murphy Tractor are looking for talented individuals to be a student, trained to become a John Deere Construction Equipment Technician. Go to, or call 855-246-9124 for more information!

Pharmacy Summer Camp @ University of Toledo

Pharmacy Summer Camp at the University of Toledo will take place on June 17th to 20th and 24th to 27th, 2018. Students will have a chance to job shadow, visit pharmacy labs, listen to career speakers, hang out with awesome counselors, and a number of other things! For more information and to apply, visit and click on pharmacy camp. The application to apply is April 2nd, 2018. Scholarships based on financial need are available. 

Pharmaceutical Science Camp 2018 @ University of Toledo

Pharmaceutical Science Camp at the University of Toledo will take place on June 24th to 27th, 2018. Students will have a chance to gain hands-on lab experience, learn about crime scene chemistry, have awesome counselors, learn about current topics in science, and a number of other things! This camp prepares students for graduate school and medical school, as well as careers in health-care administration, drug development, medical research, cosmetic science and licensure as a pharmacist. For more information or to apply, visit

BGSU Apparel Merchandising and Product Development Open House
On February 19th, from 9am to 3pm, Bowling Green State University is hosting an open house for their apparel merchandising and product development major. Students attending the open house will meet faculty and students, experience college classes, tour the facility, and receive information about the program. Please visit for more information or to register.
Young Women in Business Program @ BGSU

BGSU’s Young Women in Business Leadership program will take place for June 24 – 28 on BGSU’s campus.  This residential camp is exclusively for current female juniors (2019 graduates) who have an interest in improving their leadership skills and their business knowledge.  The camp will cover topics such as leadership development, dining etiquette, social and professional networking, speed interviewing, and much more! The camp costs $150. Visit here for more information and to register. Registration closes on February 16th.

Columbus State Community College Logistics Engineering Technology Early College Experience

Join Columbus State for a 3-day Summer Camp focusing on Logistics Engineering Technology! It will take place on July 18th – 20th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 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. Students must apply by May 14th, 2018. 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.

OCUOnline 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

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Study Programs

Stanford is offering a number of pre-collegiate summer programs covering a wide variety of disciplines, including arts, humanities, science, and math, giving highly motivated students the opportunity to investigate advanced topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Participants engage in small classes with brilliant instructors and peers who share their passions. Deadlines for the summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available. For more information, visit

Ohio State Admitted Student Days

Ohio State has two day-long events this spring (Buckeye Bound on March 3rd and March 23rd or goBuckeye Day on April 6th) for admitted students -- especially those who are still deciding or who haven't visited campus -- are encouraged to attend one of our day-long events this spring.  Students will receive invitations by email and mail.

Mount Carmel College of Nursing 4th Annual Explore Nursing Day

Mount Carmel College of Nursing is hosting their 4th 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 2018 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!

TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

The first year after a teen gets their license is one of the most dangerous years of their life, but students who create a 30-60 second safe driving PSA for the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge have a chance to encourage their peers to drive safely and win amazing prizes. The deadline to enter is February 28th. More information can be found at:

Explore Engineering Program at Dayton University

During this program, students will experience engineering that matters as they participate in hands-on laboratories with faculty and UD students while learning how to infuse innovation and creativity into engineering design.  The program will take place on February 24th. To learn more about this program, and other engineering programs at Dayton, visit

Martin W. Essex, School for the Gifted and Talented

The 2018 Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented™ at Otterbein University offers rising high school Juniors and Seniors opportunities for career exploration through a unique program comprised of classes, seminars and workshops on the arts, sciences and humanities. The event will take place on June 17-23, 2018 and will cost $650 per student. For more information, call 614-823-1570 or visit for details, need-based scholarships and to receive a registration packet.

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.

Mechanisms of Human Health and Disease Program

Established in 2006, Mechanisms of Human Health and Disease is a fast-pasted, in-depth program designed to challenge the serious science student who is interested in medicine or medical research. Students in the Mechanisms program investigate cancer and other diseases with lectures form research experts. This course is lecture and activity based, there is no lab component. It is designed for rising seniors, currently enrolled in 11th grade. It will occur on June 11th to July 23rd, 2018 from 5:30 to 9 PM at Nationwide Children’s Education Center. It costs $100 and applications are due by March 23rd, 2018. For more information or to apply, visit

Wright State Exploring STEMM 2018 Program

Wright State’s Office of Pre-College Programs and College of Science and Mathematics, College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS) are offering a program called Exploring STEMM – Enriching Minds Through Science 2018. Students who are selected will participate in a variety of STEMM disciplines over a two day period. Students will spend one night on campus under the supervision of Residential Assistants. Students must be residents of Ohio. The dates are June 25-26 (females only), Junes 28-29 (males only), and July 2-3 (co-ed). To apply or receive more information, visit and click on the Exploring STEMM link.

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

Local Scholarships


The William D. Squires Scholarship

Applicants who are highly motivated, have good character, already know their career goal and have at least a 3.2 GPA can apply for this scholarship that awards up to $4,000 per year (renewable for 4 years)! More information, and a copy of the scholarship application, can be found at  Applications are accepted from February 15th until April 15th.

Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program / Foundation 2018 Scholarship

The Ohio Gas Association is pleased to offer a scholarship program to students who plan to pursue a career in the natural gas industry or related energy field. An interest in the natural gas field is suggested, although there is a list of accepted majors in Mrs. Gillespie’s office. Scholarships are limited to undergraduate college studies, technical or trade school programs for students who are Ohio residents planning to attend or already attending an Ohio school. Applicants must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Each scholarship is $1,000 and renewable up to 3 additional years. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 16th, 2018. For more information or to download an application, visit

Cincinnati Christian University's Honors Degree Scholarship Program

Cincinnati Christian University offers a scholarship for any student involved in their Honors program. Honors students at CCU receive a full tuition scholarship for eight semesters, a 50% discount on travel expenses associated with one CCU sponsored trip (up to $2,000), enjoy excellent extracurricular opportunities, four seminar-style courses offered exclusively to program participants, priority registration for classes each semester, and priority consideration to CCU graduate programs. For more information, come see Mrs. Gillespie, Mr. Pulliam, or Ms. Immel in the counseling office!'s Student-Caregiver Scholarship and The's Caregiving Scholarship and just announces their winter deadlines for their bi-annual scholarship programs! Both provide scholarships of $1,000-$1,500 to students who are going to school, while caring for a loved one. More information, including the application, can be found at or

Wendy’s High School Heisman

Wendy’s High School Heisman supports education, recognizes achievement, and celebrates standout high school student-athletes around the country. Seniors, if you strive for excellence in the classroom, on the playing field, and in your community, now’s the time to get the recognition you deserve. Apply today for your chance to earn a scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Click here to apply!

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

Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship

The Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship is awarded by the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling each year to outstanding high school seniors. The scholarship is a one-time $1,500 award. The application can also be found at

Foot Locker Scholar Athlete Program

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program is honoring 20 outstanding young people with $20,000 college scholarships. As an added bonus, one of the 20 winners will be selected for the Ken C. Hicks scholarship for demonstrating superior educational achievement, outstanding leadership, and a true love of the game. This winner will receive an additional $5,000 award. Do you know an athlete who loves sports as much as he or she loves making a difference in the community? Nominate them today here!

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, the high school students participated in the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Classroom Curriculum on January 18th and 19th, 2017. 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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