|Mr. Shepard Stephenson||School Psychologist|
New Student Registration:
- Registration is now open for the 2020-21 school year and will continue through the summer. At this time, school buildings remain closed to the public. Registration documents and instructions can be found here.
- 24 hour prior notice is the recommended time frame needed
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 recovery program during the summer. If you have failed a course, the counselor will mail home the recovery form to be completed and returned to the school recovery 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.
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. Link to the programs of study page on the system website.
Forrest Technology Center
- Tech Center Visit is MANDATORY. You must go to each program you are applying for during this visit. The application is now closed for the 2020-21 school year.
Fire & EMS Cadet Program
- 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
Start College in High School, Save time, save money
Dual Enrollment allows high school students to:
- Find their passion.
- Earn college credit.
- Gain college experience.
- Reduce the need for remedial course.
Under the College and Career readiness and college completion act of 2013, Maryland's public high school students can take advantage of the reduced tuition by enrolling in credit bearing courses in public colleges and universities. Contact the school counselor for more information.
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. 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.
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
- DLLR - Work Permits: If you are 14-17 you need a Work Permit to work in MD.The link provides the DLLR permit, follow the directions. Schools no longer need to verify work permits.
High School Counseling Services
The mission of the Chopticon High School Counseling Department is to provide all students with a comprehensive developmental school counseling program which gives them the opportunity to gain an understanding of self and others and to participate in educational and occupational exploration in order to reach their full potential as productive members of society.
- Every student will leave Chopticon with the necessary academic, career, and social/emotional skills to continue flourishing.
- Every student at Chopticon has the capacity to learn and therefore, access to a rigorous educational experience is available to all.
- Supporting the “whole child” in their growth and development is a critical role for school counselors.
- School counselors provide a space for student voice.
- “All students” mean all students therefore, school counselors work to equitably develop their academic, social/emotional, and career self.
- School counselors collaborate with teachers and administrators to provide the necessary educational programming for students to excel.
- School counselors unite with teachers and administrators to facilitate students’ success.
- School counselors forge effective partnerships with families.
- School counselors encourage parent voice in supporting students’ growth.
Regarding the Educational Process:
- All students should have a school counselor who advocates on their behalf.
- School counselors contribute to a positive school climate by providing a supportive and nurturing environment for all students.
- School counselors continually analyze data, reflecting, to make necessary upgrades in counseling programs and services.
- School counselors are school leaders who facilitate a positive educational experience for all students through the use of best practices and evidence-based interventions.