|Counseling Office Professionals:|
|Ms. Ellen Shawyer||School Registrar||x 38127|
|Ms. Dorothy Sage||Counseling Secretary||x 38120|
|Ms. Meg Walewski||12th Grade Counselor||x 38121|
|Ms. Cara Grysko||9th Grade Counselor||x 38122|
|Ms. Julie Correll||11th Grade Counselor||x 38120|
|Ms. Mapri Gray||10th Grade Counselor||x 38124|
|Ms. Christine White||College & Career Readiness Liaison College & Career Website||x 38139|
|Ms. Kim McEligot||Pupil Personnel Worker||x 38126|
Schedule & Program Changes
Once students register for courses in the spring, they have the responsibility to be certain the correct courses were requested. Students who fail required courses should make up these courses through the offered online APEX program during the summer. If you have failed a course, the counselor will mail home the APEX form to be completed and returned to the school APEX coordinator to be enrolled. Students who do not recover failed courses in summer school will have their scheduled changed to reflect what is needed to graduate. Additional schedule changes may be made for the following reasons.
- Need a class for graduation
- Already passed a class on schedule
- A medical condition (documentation required)
A student must contact his/her counselor to initiate a request for a change. Requests will be considered and changes made depending on the student’s career plans and available space in the class requested. Parent approval is required.
Requests for a schedule change will not be considered after September 14th, 2018 unless the subject teacher, parent, grade level administrator and counselor concur that the student is inappropriately placed and the appropriate form is filled out and signed.
Graduating High School is a major milestone in life. Our goal at Chopticon High School is to have every student reach this milestone successfully and cross that stage with a diploma in hand. The journey to graduation will require much work from our students. Understanding the requirements needed to achieve this milestone is important to help guide our students on their pathway in the right direction. Below are links to these requirements:
- The program is available to high school juniors and seniors who are at least 16 years old by September 1st.
- Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA to enroll in the program and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA during the program.
- Students are required to obtain and maintain membership at a volunteer fire department or rescue squad while enrolled in the program.
- The program is held at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department. Transportation to and from the fire department is provided FREE of charge!
Applications and further information about the program can be found at Fire & EMS Cadet Program
Students enrolled in the dual enrollment program simultaneously take high school courses and accredited college courses from a Maryland institution of higher learning. The program allows for high school students to receive credits for high school graduation as well as college credit. Students accepted into this program will also benefit from receiving their tuition at half price. Click on the link above to learn more about Dual Enrollment in SMCPS. Meet with your high school counselor to determine if the dual enrollment program is a good option for your student.
Eligibility and procedural steps to enrolling in courses at the College of Southern Maryland through the Dual Enrollment Program:
- The student is in grade 11 or 12.
- Student must meet with their high school counselor to discuss the dual enrollment option and get a Dual Enrollment form completed with proper signatures and evidence of a minimum GPA of a 2.5. You must have this form completed and signed before registration.
- Take the CSM placement test and score at the College Level or submit qualifying SAT or ACT scores (550 or higher in Critical Reading for the SAT, 21 or higher in English and Reading for the ACT). Students now have the opportunity to take the test twice a year.
- Complete the Application for Alternatives to Four Year Enrollment form with all the required signatures by July 15 for the upcoming fall semester and December 15th for the spring semester of the academic school year.
- Apply to CSM online: www.csmd.edu/Admissions/Apply
Once the above steps have been successfully completed students need to contact Latasha Baker to schedule an appointment to register for classes.
- Local Resources for Children, Youth & Families
- SMCPS Evening Counseling Support
- The Cove
- DLLR- Work Permits—If you are 14-17 you need a Work Permit to work in MD. Click on the DLLR link and follow the directions. Schools no longer need to verify work permits.