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

12/2: December SAT (registration deadline passed)

12/9: December ACT (registration deadline passed)

12/19-1/3: Christmas break

Seniors - be aware of the application and FAFSA deadlines for the colleges and universities you are interested in as they are approaching fast!

                                            Resources

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.

Naviance

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: https://www.naviance.com/

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

Note-Taking

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

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 https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=gccs

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

CU Leadership Conference at Cedarville University

The CU LEADership Conference at Cedarville University is a conference dedicated to helping Juniors and Seniors excel academically, grow in their faith, and develop their leadership skills! Students spend two days building their skills as a leader focused on biblical stewardship, influence, and service. The event will include practical sessions on leadership, student-led worship, meals in their dining halls, and an overnight stay in the residence halls. The conference is on January 19-20, 2018,and costs $65. Students can register at cedarivlle.edu/culead.

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!

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL)

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL) of Columbus is a residential summer camp program of challenge and enrichment for central Ohio’s gifted and talented middle school students currently in grades 6-8. Campers attending OWjL select 4 courses from an academic program that includes mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities and creative development. Cultural, recreational and social activities round out the experience and include the annual OWjL dance, swimming, campus tours, crafts, and games. Attendees reside in Hayes Hall on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus, where they live in a family group atmosphere with an adult OWjL counselor. Applications open on December 1st, 2017 and close January 31st, 2018. For more information, or to apply, visit http://owjl.owu.edu.

Important Dates to Remember for Ohio State!

Providing inclusive access and an excellent and affordable education is core to The Ohio State University mission as a public land-grant university. As an innovative leading public university, Ohio State strives for excellence while seizing opportunities to reduce overall student debt.

It is important to remember some very important deadlines that you must meet to take advantage of all Ohio State has to offer.

Apply for admission by February 1: The final application deadline for Ohio State is February 1.

File the FAFSA by February 1: All applicants must file the FAFSA and Ohio State's Special Scholarships Application to be considered for maximum available financial aid by February 1.

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 NationwideChildrens.org/MHHD.

Wright State University Pre-College Programs

Wright State University offers pre-college programs for 6th-12th grades. There are a variety of programs available. Please follow the link below for more information. Click here to visit the site.

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.

Sky Ranch Horn Creek

Sky Ranch Horn Creek has a 9-month Bridge Year program called Base Camp. Base camp is located in Sangre De Cristo Mountains of Colorado. The camp is based on Christian values and people will have the opportunity to participate in recreational, fun, relational and life impacting experiences. For more information, click here.

Paying for College

Local Scholarships

Scholarships

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!

Caring.com's Student-Caregiver Scholarship and The SeniorHomes.com's Caregiving Scholarship

Caring.com and SeniorHomes.com 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 Caring.com or SeniorHomes.com.

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 spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit.

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 https://oacac.org/student-scholarships.

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

Raise.me 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 Raise.me website listed below.

College Raptor Scholarship

College Raptor is awarding a $2,500 scholarship to interested applicants. To enter the scholarship contest, each student conducts a college search on CollegeRaptor.com that is designed to present college options that match a student’s individual circumstances and the true cost of their education. One scholarship will be awarded based on the student’s academic achievements and essay. The application, and additional information, can be found at www.CollegeRaptor.com/2500Scholarship and concludes on January 31st, 2018.

Additional Scholarship Information

Visit Options

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

  • http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

    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

Stress

Depression

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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