Contact Information

Name EmailPositionExtension
Ellen Shawyer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. School Registrar 38127
Dorothy VanRyswick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Counseling Secretary 38120
Meg Walewski This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 12th Grade Counselor 38121
Cara Grysko This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 11th Grade Counselor 38122
Julie Correll This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 9th Grade Counselor 38123
Mapri Gray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 10th Grade Counselor 38124
Christine White This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. College & Career Readiness Liaison  38139
Kim McEligot This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Pupil Personnel Worker 38126
Mr. Shepard Stephenson   School Psychologist  

 

New Student Registration:

  • Enrollment Information provides the information needed for enrolling a new student to Chopticon HS and/or SMCPS
  • It is recommended you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our school registrar, in advance to set up an appointment to enroll a student.

Student Withdrawal

  • 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

  • To request a transcript, please complete the Request for Transcript form.
  • Transcript request forms can be obtained 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.

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.  Link to the programs of study page on the system page.

Forrest Technology Center

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. 

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

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.

Additional Resources:


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.

BELIEFS

Regarding Students: 

  • 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.

Regarding Teacher/Administrators: 

  • 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. 

Regarding Parents: 

  • 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.