JHS Counseling Department

Guidance Office Information

Name Responsibilities Email
Jamie Cathcart  9th & 11th Grade Counselor jcathcart@jeffcityschools.org
Carla Coleman Guidance Secretary ccoleman@jeffcityschools.org
Jackie Hatcher 10th & 12th Grade Counselor jhatcher@jeffcityschools.org
Ken Ray Graduation Coach/Visiting Teacher kray@jeffcityschools.org
Amber Sparks Registrar asparks@jeffcityschools.org

Advisement 2019-2020

Journalism I/II Application
Yearbook Staff Application  

Upcoming Events

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.  Sophomores, juniors and seniors may sign up for the scheduled FIRE visits using the link below.

Cafeteria Vists - All three lunches

US Army
 Every other Tuesday

Financial Aid and 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

Scholarship Resources for Seniors

Scholarship Resources for 9th, 10th, and 11th Graders

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.  

In order to qualify for the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships, students must meet HOPE Academic Rigor requirements.  A student meeting the requirements to be a HOPE Scholar at the time of high school gradation must earn a minimum of four full credits from a list of academic rigor course categories prior to graduating from high school.  The courses at Jefferson High School that meet HOPE Rigor requirements are listed below.

JHS HOPE Rigor Courses

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 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 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

Jefferson High School offers free SAT and ACT prep classes for college entrance exams.  10 hours of direct student contact is available on a first come, first served basis the week immediately preceding the test date. There is a maximum of 27 students in the class, and students will be seated in the class in the order they sign up. Announcements will be made as to when sign up for the class is open.  

SAT RegistrationPrep Schedule

SAT Test Date
Registration Deadline
Late Registration
August 25 July 27 August 15
October 6* September 7 September 27
November 3* October 5 October 25
December 1 November 2 November 21
March 9* February 8 February 28
May 4* April 5 April 25
June 1 May 3 May 2

*Administered at JHS

ACT Registration

ACT Test Date
Registration Deadline
Late Fee Required
September 8* August 10 August 11-26
October 27* September 28 September 29 - October 14
December 8 November 2 November 3-19
February 9* January 11 January 12-18
April 13 March 8 March 9-25
June 8 May 3 May 4-20
July 13 June 14 June 15-24

*Administered at JHS

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is a program that provides funding for students at eligible high schools that are enrolled to take approved college-level coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements.

Dual Enrollment FAQ

Complete the following to apply for Dual Enrollment:
JHS Dual Enrollment Checklist for the 2019 - 2020 School Year
JHS Dual Enrollment Advisement Guidelines for the 2019 - 2020 School Year
Dual Enrollment Participation Agreement (Print a hard copy and bring to the meeting with your JHS counselor.)
Dual Enrollment 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.


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

 AP 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 – Jacob Marble
  • AP Chemistry – Sheila House
  • 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 year, review sessions will be available in the spring. Students are expected to pay $80 FOR EACH EXAM for the 2018-2019 year.

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: