The Counseling Department is a resource for information concerning academic, social and emotional needs for students. We assist students in developing their individual talents and potential by determining proper academic placement, teaching study skills, time management, personal development and other life skills. Promoting understanding and cooperation among students and their peers, students and their teachers and parents is of prime importance to school success. This is done through participation in classroom guidance activities, small groups for specific needs and/or individual counseling. Age appropriate activities are described by the counselors on the following pages for elementary (Mr. Mitchell Baker), junior high (Mrs. Rebekah Gilliard), and high school guidance counselor, Mrs. Donna Holladay.
As advocates for the students, we help parents and teachers understand normal child development through parenting classes, small group discussions and individual appointments. Counselors are responsible for coordinating all standardized testing which is administered to their students. We are also available for interpreting individual test scores for parents and teachers. Guidance counselors may also assist classroom teachers in assessing a student’s learning style and in making recommendations for success.
Two college counselors work exclusively with seniors during the first semester to ensure eligibility for graduation and to guide them through the college application process. In the spring semester, Mrs. Lori Davis and Mrs. Beverly Dowdy begin college planning with juniors. Please see the college counseling pages for more information concerning college decisions. For college information for younger students, please contact Mrs. Holladay, Director of Counseling for GAC.
Appelrouth Tutoring Services
PSAT Bootcamp for Juniors on GACS campus
Oct. 3 and Oct. 10
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Event Code PSA354
Personalized Tutoring provided in-home
Huntington Learning Center
1-800 Can Learn
Math 'N Kids Tutoring Services
Total Learning Concepts:
“Typically eating disorders develop in early adolescence when the body undergoes the normal increases in body fat associated with puberty. While you are unlikely to encounter many children with full-blown eating disorders in elementary school, you may start to see the seeds of later problems. At-risk children tend to be anxious, perfectionists, people-pleasers and high achievers. Interestingly, overweight children may not only be struggling with binge eating, but their weight status makes them more likely to develop anorexia when adolescence hits and the desire for positive attention around appearance is more pronounced.”
Source: Eating Disorders Information Network
Dads, you are critical to your daughter’s self-concept! You can do a lot to help encourage your daughter’s healthy self-image. Learn more at www.myedin.org, look at Information on the left side of the page, and choose “Dad’s Ten Tips”.
For warning signs of eating disorders, please go to www.myedin.org, look at Information on the left side of the page and choose “About Eating Disorders”.
If you suspect your child may be exhibiting signs of an eating disorder or that he or she may be developing unhealthy attitudes toward food and/or body image, please contact your child’s school counselor.
Elementary:Mr. Mitchell Baker
Junior High:Mrs. Rebekah Gilliard
High School:Mrs. Donna Holladay
The counselors are available as a resource and can help you find information and help. Call, email or come by any time.
Please also visit www.myedin.org for more information and for resources to help.