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Counseling

Our Mission

The mission of the CCPS Professional School Counseling Program is to empower all students to become productive and contributing members of society. In partnership with families, staff, and the community, school counselors provide a developmental program that addresses students’ academic, emotional/social and career development needs.

Documents & Forms

School Counseling Services at Thomas Dale:

The following school counseling services are available to all Thomas Dale High School students:

  • Academic counseling which assist students and their parents in acquiring knowledge of the curricula choices available to students, planning a program of studies, arranging and interpreting academic testing, and seeking post-secondary academic opportunities.
  • Career counseling which help students acquire information and plan actions about work, apprenticeships, and post-secondary educational career opportunities.
  • Personal/social counseling which assist students in developing an understanding of themselves, resolving conflict and defining individual goals that reflect their interest, abilities and aptitudes.
  • Parents may choose to opt their child out of any or all counseling services by sending a letter to the school principal.
  • Parents may review any or all materials used in the school counseling program by making an appointment with the School Counseling Coordinator.
  • Small group counseling or on-going, structured counseling of a personal/social nature requires written parental permission.

College & Career Center

The College and Career Center is provided as a resource to help our TD Knights determine the next step in their journey following graduation. Students are able to visit the Center to explore different colleges and other career options. Military information and SAT/ACT test dates and registration information is also available in the Career Center.

College Visits

College Admissions Representatives from various colleges will schedule visits, here, at Thomas Dale HS to meet with interested students to discuss college opportunities, requirements, etc. These sessions are for Juniors and Seniors ONLY, and students must register at least one day prior to the visit. The college sessions are an excellent opportunity for our students to speak, individually, with a college representative. If the student is unable to attend, they can stop by the Main Campus College and Career Center for more information. Visits will be scheduled during Enrichment on Wednesdays and Thursdays, NON Morning Meetings (Mondays) and during lunches.

Students:

  • Research your college choice first.
  • Choose schools that both interest you and whose admissions criteria are aligned with your own credentials.
  • Check out the Career Center Bulletin Board and this web page for regular updates.
  • Please choose no more than four college visits.
  • Register at least ONE DAY BEFORE the visit. Passes will be sent to your first block of the day of the scheduled visit.
  • Click on the College Visit Registration link to register for a visit. Please complete a form for EACH visit.
  • Passes WILL NOT be sent for LUNCH VISITS.

Senior Presentation: I’m Graduating! Now What?
What to Expect: College Visits
JTCC Career Coach Flyer
After High School Planning Resources

Graduation is at 10:00 a.m. on Monday May 22, 2023 at the VCU Stuart Siegel Center

Senior Class Sponsors: 

Herff Jones Cap & Gown orders are October 17th & October 18th

Senior Portraits: Still need to take your senior portrait? Contact Candid Color at Candid Color Photography at 703-590-0187 or email at customerservice@candidcolor.net.

 

What can GRASP do for YOU?

  • Navigate the financial aid process for students and families.
  • Provide assistance with completing the FAFSA and CSS profile.
  • Maintain confidentiality about financial matters.
  • Offer GRASP scholarships to students at Thomas Dale.

GRASP Advisor: Lindsay Bradley
Appointment Sign Up Link
How to Prepare for GRASP Appointment

Industry Certification (Credentialing):

To encourage more students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma, the Path to Industry Certification: High School Industry Credentialing program was developed.

A credential is defined as:

  • State-Issued Professional License, required for entry into a specific occupation as determined by a Virginia state licensing agency (Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Cosmetology);
  • Full Industry Certification, from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association validating essential skills of a particular occupation (A+ CompTIA, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP);
  • Pathway Industry Certification, which may consist of entry-level exams as a component of a suite of exams in an industry certification program leading toward full certification (Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS); or
  • Occupational competency assessment, a national standardized assessment of skills/knowledge in a specific career and/or technical area, (NOCTI).

Virginia Department of Education Industry Certification Formation

  • Academic Support
  • Enroll New Students
  • Enter Academic History
  • Individual Counseling
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Attendance Meetings
  • Follow-up with At-risk-students
  • Social & Emotional Support
  • Child Study / IEP Meetings
  • Critical Incidents Team
  • Risk & Threat Assessments
  • College & Career Planning
  • Scholarship
  • College Representative Visits
  • Ongoing Parent Communication

Other Services:

Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling is a one-to-one meeting with the counselor to discuss a problem or topic of interest that may be affecting their academic success. Friendship issues, worries, conflict resolution, difficulty coming to school, grief, and anger management are frequent issues facing students.

During sessions, students might:

  • talk about things that are important to them
  • role play situations
  • work on a plan to reach a goal
  • use the counseling office as a safe place to calm down when feeling upset

Referrals for students to meet with a school counselor can be made by classroom teachers, principal, parents, or through student self-referrals. Parents are welcome to call or email the counselors at any time to request individual counseling for their child. While students may see us at any time for brief discussions, parental permission must be granted in order for a counselor to work with a student for a series of multiple, planned sessions.

While we provide many services for students and their families, we are unable to testify in child custody matters. We are also unable to provide intensive, long-term counseling services to students.

Group Counseling

Small group counseling (typically 6-10 participants) is needs based.  Small groups provide members the opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other.  Group topics are chosen based upon student needs, and can change throughout the school year.  Participation, which is voluntary and confidential, requires permission from a parent or guardian. Referrals for groups are made by parents and teachers.   Priority is given to students who show an academic need.

September

  • New Student Orientation
  • Senior Classroom Guidance
  • Senior Parent Night
  • ACT Administration

October

  • College Applications
  • PSAT Administration
  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) Presentations
  • 9th grade Meet & Greet
  • SAT/ACT Administrations

November

  • Summer Residential Governor’s School Applications
  • College Applications
  • SAT Administration

December

  • College Applications
  • SAT/ACT Administrations

January

  • College Applications
  • PSAT Interpretation
  • CTC Visits
  • Program Planning with Students

February

  • Boys State/Girls State Applications
  • CTC Opportunities Day Visit
  • Program Planning with Students
  • ACT Administration

March

  • Junior Symposium
  • Program Planning with Students
  • SAT Administration

April

  • Complete Program Planning with Students – send home course requests to families
  • ACT Administration

May

  • AP Exam Administration
  • Grade-level award ceremonies
  • Assist with SOL Testing
  • SAT Administration

June

  • Summer School
  • End-of-year processes
  • SAT /ACT Administrations

School Year Scheduling – Tentative Timeline

  • November: Registration Knight (Scheduling Information & Course Planning Night)
  • January: Counselors meet with rising 10th through 12th graders to share scheduling information including what courses are offered.
  • November– January: TDHS teachers offer recommendations on core course levels to all students
  • January/February: Counselors will meet with rising 9th graders at Davis Middle School & Carver Middle School.
  • February – March: Counselors will meet with current TDHS students individually to discuss credits/SOLs and course selections, beginning with rising Seniors.

Testing

AP Test Schedule 2023

Taking an AP Class and need to register for the AP Exam? All exams must be ordered by November 4, 2022! The cost for each exam is $97. If you qualify for a fee waiver (see criteria) or are experiencing a financial hardship, please contact kevin_cook@ccpsnet.net prior to ordering your exams. AP Exam Orders can be placed between October 3, 2022 and November 11, 2022. Online payment is accepted HERE. Simply select each AP Exam, add it to your cart, and pay via credit card. A service fee applies. You can also pay by cash (exact change) or check in the Commons during all lunches from Monday, November 1 – Friday, November 4, 2022. Any exams ordered after November 4, 2023 will incur a $40 late free. Students at West Campus can pay Mr. Keller during Monday, November 1 – Friday, November 4, 2022 if you opt for in-person payments.

AP Exam Orders can be placed between October 1, 2021 and November 1, 2021. Online payment is accepted HERE. Simply select each AP Exam, add it to your cart, and pay via credit card. A service fee applies.

You can also pay by cash (exact change) or check in the Commons during all lunches from October 23, 2022 to October 28, 2022. Any exams ordered after November 1, 2021 will incur a $40 late free. Students at West Campus can pay Mr. Keller or your school counselor if you opt for in-person payments.

SOL Testing: The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health/physical education and driver education.

SAT: This is a FABULOUS resource for parents and students to use as they prepare in advance for the SATs…it includes content tips, calculator tips and frequently asked questions about changes to the Math SAT and is a MUST for students to have who are taking the new SAT.

PSAT: The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

ACT: An independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to measurement and research for those making educational and career transitions; administrates a widely taken college admissions test.

AP Exams: The Advanced Placement (AP) program, sponsored by the College Board and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), offers secondary school students the opportunity to participate in challenging college-level course work while still in high school. Students can receive credit, advanced placement, or both from thousands of colleges and universities that participate in the AP program. Each exam consists of multiple-choice and free-response sections. Most exams are three hours long and cover two semesters of college-level work; those that test one semester of work are generally two hours long.

W!se Testing: Instruction in economics and personal finance prepares students to function effectively as consumers, savers, investors, entrepreneurs, and active citizens. Students learn how economies and markets operate and how the United States’ economy is interconnected with the global economy. On a personal level, students learn that their own human capital (knowledge and skills) is their most valuable resource.

Industry Certification: Industry Certification (Credentialing): To encourage more students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma, the Path to Industry Certification: High School Industry Credentialing program was developed.

Chesterfield County Public Schools has partnered with Parchment for all transcript requests and education verifications. Parchment provides secure electronic transcript delivery nationwide and up-to-date document tracking through email notifications for all registered users. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for detailed information.

Per Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), student records are only available to those who have authorization from the student or parent, guardian or responsible person if the student is less than 18 years of age. If the student is 18 years of age or older, school records will not be released to a parent, guardian, or responsible person without the student’s written consent.

ORDERING A HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT OR EDUCATION VERIFICATION

CURRENTLY ENROLLED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

  • All current students MUST obtain a Parchment Registration Code from their high school counselor before setting up a Parchment account and making any requests.

ALUMNI (HIGH SCHOOL ONLY)

  • Set up your Parchment account using the appropriate Parchment High School link (last CCPS high school attended/graduated from). No registration code required.
  • Place order for your high school transcript to be delivered to your required destination(s) (ex: college, university, employer, third-party verifier, recruiter, yourself, etc…)
  • If your destination does not accept electronic transcripts, Parchment provides paper delivery via mail during order processing. **Please note that Parchment does charge fees for service.

ALUMNI (ELEMENTARY OR MIDDLE SCHOOL WITHDRAWALS)

  • You will NOT access your transcript through Parchment. Instead, complete the Transcript Request Form-ES & MS ONLY and return to the email/fax/address located on the bottom of the form for processing.

Ordering Additional Documents (immunizations, test scores, IEP)  

  • Please complete the Additional Records Request Form  in addition to your Parchment request if you also need to make a request for immunizations, test scores or IEP documents.

Welcome 9th Grade Students!

It is time to start thinking about your schedule for next year.

TALK TO YOUR TEACHERS if you have any questions about courses!  Your School Counselor will also be available to discuss courses with you when we meet individually in February and March.

You can also find out more information regarding courses by clicking on the Academics tab in the site menu and selecting the subject you would like to see.

Welcome 10th Grade Students!


It is time to start thinking about your schedule for next year.

TALK TO YOUR TEACHERS if you have any questions about courses!  Your School Counselor will also be available to discuss courses with you when we meet individually in February and March.

You can also find out more information regarding courses by clicking on the Academic link on this site and selecting the subject you would like to see.

Please take a moment to view school year and summer opportunities through the College and Career Center.

Welcome 11th Grade Students!


It is time to start thinking about your schedule for next year.

TALK TO YOUR TEACHERS if you have any questions about courses! Your School Counselor will also be available to discuss courses with you when we meet individually in February and March.

You can also find out more information regarding courses by clicking on the Instruction tab at the top of this page and selecting the subject you would like to see.

Please take a moment to view school year and summer opportunities through the College and Career Center.

Welcome 12th Grade Students!

Above you will find links to information important for your class throughout the year, such as the FREE PERSONALIZED SAT practice and information pertaining to the college application process.

Contact Us

Main Campus Office: (804) 768-6245 ext. 6622 or 6623
West Campus Office: (804) 768-6145 ext. 235
Fax Number Main Campus: (804) 796-5062
Fax Number West Campus: (804) 768-6151
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