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Welcome to the Chopticon High School Counseling webpage! Our Counseling Office professionals are here to support students in grades 9-12 with programs and guidance related to academics, career & college planning, and personal/social issues.  We work collaboratively with families, teachers, and administrators to help guide our students successfully through their high school years, allowing them to be prepared for whatever pathway they choose after graduation.  

 

 

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Counseling Office Professionals:
Ms. Ellen Shawyer School Registrar x 38127
Ms. Dorothy Sage Counseling Secretary x 38120
Ms. Meg Walewski 11th Grade Counselor x 38121
Ms. Cara Grysko 12th Grade Counselor x 38122
Ms.Jewell Briscoe 10th Grade Counselor x 38123
Ms. Mapri Gray 9th Grade Counselor x 38124
Ms. Christine White College & Career Readiness Liaison College & Career Website x 38139
Ms. Kim McEligot Pupil Personnel Worker x 38126
Stephanie Barnes School Psychologist  

   

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New Student Registration Student Withdrawal Transcript Request
  • Enrollment Information: this link provides the information needed for enrolling a new student to Chopticon HS and/or SMCPS
  • It is recommended you contact Mrs. Shawyer, our school registrar, in advance to set up an appointment to enroll a student.
  •  When withdrawing your child/ren from CHS, we kindly request you contact Mrs. Shawyer, our school registrar, in advance to allow her to have school records properly prepared for your student's transfer. 
  • 24 hour prior notice is the recommended time frame needed
  • Transcript request forms can be obtained here or in the guidance office. 

 

  • Forms are turned into Ms. Sage via mail, fax or hand delivered.

 

 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.

 

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

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:

 

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Tech Expo

The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center application for the 2019-2020 school year is now open!

Application Process

  • Tech Center Visit is MANDATORY. You must go to each program you are applying for during this visit.
    • If you were unable to attend the Tech Expo- please see your school counselor. Chopticon will take students for a visit on February 5th and space is limited. 
  • Applications are open now!
    • Deadline is February 15th for first round selections
    • Students can apply after the deadline and until the first week of September but will be put on a waiting list for additional possible openings. They will not be considered for the first round of acceptances.
    • Acceptance Notifications will be in early April. Students not accepted wil be placed on a waiting list and contacted directly by the Tech Center if if a seat becomes available. 

For more details about programs, explore the schools website: Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center 

 

Emergency Services

Fire & EMS Cadet Program

Program Guidelines:

  • 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

 

DUAL ENROLLMENT

 

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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.

 

 

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