JHS Counseling Department


Guidance Office Information

Name Responsibilities Email
Jamie Cathcart (formerly Jamie Partain) 10th & 12th Grade Counselor jcathcart@jeffcityschools.org
Carla Coleman Guidance Secretary ccoleman@jeffcityschools.org
Jackie Hatcher 9th & 11th Grade Counselor jhatcher@jeffcityschools.org
Anita Hayes Distance Learning Coordinator ahayes@jeffcityschools.org
Ken Ray Graduation Coach kray@jeffcityschools.org
Amber Sparks Registrar asparks@jeffcityschools.org

Upcoming Events

    Georgia Probe Fair
Located at East Jackson High School
    November 2, 2017
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UNG Open House - Dahlonega
Saturday, November 11, 2017
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2017 Washington Youth Tour
Jackson EMC WYT Information

 

College and Career Visits at JHS

Representatives from colleges, universities, and branches of the military will occasionally visit the JHS campus to distribute information about their institution.  Visits are scheduled during lunch or during FIRE.  Juniors and Seniors may sign up for the scheduled FIRE visits using the link below.

Cafeteria Vists - All three lunches

US Army
 Every Tuesday

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Scholarships

Thousands of scholarships are offered every year to students willing to apply. Scholarships are generally granted based on an application meeting certain eligibility criteria. 
Local Scholarships

Zell Miller and HOPE Scholarships

Georgia's HOPE Scholarship program is for students that are seeking a college degree in Georgia.  For details, see the following link:
Hope Scholarship.  

To apply for any of Georgia's Hope scholarship programs, start with FAFSA.gov.

Sources of Financial Aid (FAFSA)

The federal government is the largest source of financial aid for college students. Awards are based on financial need. Students fill out the Federal Application for Student Aid each year. Visit www.fafsa.gov for additional information.

Colleges and universities offer a wide variety of aid and scholarships to students. These awards are both merit-based and need-based. Students might need to complete an additional application for scholarships or it may be offered as part of the admissions process. Contact your school of interest for additional information.

Churches, companies, and other organizations offer a variety of scholarships for students. Each organization has specific requirements. Visit specific websites or simply perform a Google search for scholarship information. 

Financial Aid Terms

Grants

Grants are financial awards given to students for the purposes of paying for all or part of college expenses. Grants do not need to be repaid by the student.

The HOPE Grant program is for students seeking a technical certification or diploma.  For more information, please follow this link: Hope Grant

Loans

Loans are Financial Aid awards that must be repaid by the borrower, usually with interest.  Various organizations offer student loans.  For more information, please go to the FAFSA website.  

Work Study

A work-study program allows a student to earn money by working part time during the school year as a component of their financial aid packages. The job opportunities are usually completed on campus.

College Entrance Exams

ACT vs. SAT
SAT Registration SAT Practice Test SAT Practice Prep Schedule SAT FAQs
SAT Test Date
Registration Deadline
Late Registration
August 26 July 28 August 15
October 7* September 8 September 27
November 4* October 5 October 25
December 2 November 2 November 21
March 10* February 9 February 28
May 5* April 6 April 25
June 2 May 3 May 2

*Administered at JHS



ACT

ACT Prep Signup ACT Registration ACT Guide ACT Prep Schedule
ACT Test Date
Registration Deadline
Late Registration
September 9* August 4 August 18
October 28* September 22 October 6
December 9 November 3 November 17
February 10* January 12 January 19
April 14 March 9 March 23
June 9 May 4 May 18
July 14 June 15 June 2

*Administered at JHS


Move on When Ready (Formerly Dual Enrollment)

Move On When Ready Program

In 2015, the Georgia General Assembly passed a law that streamlined the existing dual-enrollment programs. As a result, Accel, Dual HOPE Grant, and the original Move On When Ready have been combined into one program entitled Move On When Ready (MOWR), in which high school students may earn high school course credits while taking college courses. Georgia’s Move On When Ready dual-credit program is available to any Georgia student in grades 9-12 enrolled in a public school, private school, or home-study program operated pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-690 in Georgia.

Move On When Ready FAQ

What does Move On When Ready cost?

Students can save money on future college costs because most expenses are paid by a funding mechanism established by the legislation. MOWR covers students to enroll full-time (12 semester hours) in postsecondary institutions to earn high school and college credits simultaneously.

How can students participate in Move On When Ready?

Interested students need to meet with their high school counselor and parents to discuss the guidelines and responsibilities of the MOWR program. Students are eligible to participate in Move on When Ready if they are entering 11th or 12th grade, as determined by the local system, and have spent the prior school year in attendance at a public high school in Georgia. Before students become MOWR candidates, they must meet the admission requirements of the selected college/university. Once accepted, students will need to complete the application form, meet the dual enrollment/ MOWR requirements as set by the eligible institution in addition to the GaDOE guidelines, and select approved courses to take at the college level that meet the high school graduation requirements.

What Else Do You Need To Know?

Tuition, materials, fees and possibly books are paid through MOWR funding. Food, transportation, and other costs are the responsibility of the student. Students participating in Move on When Ready are not eligible for any other state student financial aid at an eligible institution for courses taken under the program. They can receive additional institutional aid or local scholarships from the local postsecondary institution they are attending. Move on When Ready course hours do not count against any maximum hourly caps for HOPE scholarships or grants. Students may live on campus or commute and the student is responsible for expenses related to these living costs. Students entering grade nine for the first time during the 2011- 2012 school year and beyond, will need to pass the Georgia High School Writing Test and take Georgia public high school End of Course Tests, which contributes to 20% of the course grade.

Complete the following to apply for MOWR:

MOWR Information Links  

Graduation Requirements

Required Courses to Graduate

To satisfy the course requirement to graduate from Jefferson High School, students must obtain 28 units of credit and are encouraged to complete a pathway. One unit is earned for each course passed.

Core Classes

Students must earn a minimum of 4 units of credit from each of the core areas (Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts) for a total of 16 core credits to be eligible to graduate.

Elective Classes

Students must earn a minimum of 12 elective units to be eligible to graduate. One of these elective units must be Health. The Health requirement can also be met by a student earning 3 units in AFJROTC courses.

Pathway Requirement

Students are encouraged to complete a pathway during their time at Jefferson City High School. There are several pathway options available to Jefferson students.

CTAE

To complete a CTAE pathway, students will take a series of 3 specified courses, in a CTAE approved pathway. As an example, we will look at the Web Development pathway. Students would have to take and pass 1. Introduction to Digital Technology, 2. Principles of Computer Science and 3. Web Development to complete the Web Development pathway.

Advanced Academic Pathway

To complete an advanced academic pathway, students are required to earn 4 units from 1 of the following concentrations: Math, Science, Social Studies or English Language Arts. Students must also earn an advanced placement unit or one post secondary unit in the same concentration. In addition, students must earn two units from the same world language.

World Languages

To complete a World Languages pathway, students must earn 3 units in the same foreign language.

Fine Arts

To complete the Fine Arts pathway, students must earn 3 units from the same fine arts area (Music, Theater Arts or Visual Arts).

Advanced Placement

2017-2018 A.P. Courses

  • AP ELA 12 – Elaine Wilder
  • AP Art 2D & 3D Design, AP Studio Art – Jim Bryan
  • AP Statistics – Eric Smith
  • AP Calculus AB & BC – Michelle Loggins
  • AP Physics 1 & 2 – Hope Meredith
  • AP Chemistry – Hope Meredith
  • AP Government – Jerry Rice
  • AP US History – Harry Cooper
  • AP Spanish – Lane Guzman
  • AP Economics – David Cleveland
  • AP Environmental Science - Sam Moore
  • AP Psychology - Gene Cathcart

What is Advanced Placement (AP)?

AP courses are rigorous, college-level classes in a variety of subjects that give students an opportunity to gain the skills and experience colleges recognize.

Why take AP courses rather than Dual Enrollment?

When a student passes an AP course, JHS will add 10 points to your final semester average.

AP courses and HOPE GPA

Although JHS will add 10 points to your final semester average for an AP class, the Georgia Student Finance Commission(GSFC) will remove these 10 points during HOPE calculations. However, the GSFC will add 0.5 quality points to your grade for a maximum of a 4.0. If a student earned an 83 for a final grade (before adjustment) in an AP course, their grade would be a 93. However, the GSFC would count the grade as a 3.0 (B equivalent on a 4.0 scale) and then add .5 for a total of 3.5 for HOPE calculations.

AP Exams

AP Exam grades of 5 are equivalent to an 'A' grade in the corresponding college course. AP Exam grades of 4 are equivalent to the grades of A- through B. in college. Grades of 3 are equivalent to grades of B- through C in College. THE EXAM IS GIVEN IN MAY OF EACH YEAR. IF YOUR STUDENT TAKES THE COURSE IN THE FALL TERM OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, REVIEW SESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE AFTERNOONS IN THE SPRING. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO PAY $52 FOR EACH EXAM, WHICH IS REIMBURSED IF THE STUDENT SCORES A 5.

Transcript Request

There is a $4 fee for transcripts.  To obtain a transcript from Jefferson City Schools, please follow the following procedures.

Students may request transcripts be sent electronically to participating Georgia colleges using the GA Futures website. This can be done at no cost to the student. Students will use the same username and password they used on their GA 411 account. Click HERE for a "Quick Guide" help link for retrieving transcripts on the GA Futures website.

Students may also complete a Transcript Request Form in the Counseling Office. The form can also be downloaded here. The transcript form and $4 fee should be mailed to:

JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
ATTENTION: AMBER SPARKS
575 WASHINGTON STREET
JEFFERSON, GA 30549