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:

10/27: ACT Test Date

11/3: SAT Test Date

College Visit/Trip Date  Location
OSU Fisher College of Business Info Session Saturday, Oct 20 1-4 PM Register here with access code EXPLOREFCOB2018
Otterbein University Tuesday, Oct 23  4th period- Rm #483
University of Akron Wednesday, Nov 5  5th period- Rm #481
MVNU STEM day  Monday, Nov 26 Register here


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

  • 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

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. Meetings occur 6:30 to 7:30 PM every 2nd and 4th Thursday in the student lounge. Contact Will Smith at 614-668-0241 or Mike Phillips 614-477-0373 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 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

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!

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

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

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!

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.

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


Ohio Means Jobs Scholarship Search Engine

Ohio Means Jobs has a highly effective search engine that can be used to find scholarships from all over the state and country. Please visit to begin your search today!

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!

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.

Rove Pest Control Scholarship

Rove Pest Control Scholarship is awarding one $500 scholarship to a student in Fall 2019. Interested students must apply by December 31st, 2018. For more information, or to apply, visit Rove Pest Control Scholarship.

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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