School Counseling

Welcome to the ACHS School Counseling Page!


School Counseling Office Staff


School Counseling Director: Ms. Elizabeth Garrett (10th and 12th Grades)

School Counselor:Ms.Cynthia Harris (9th and 11th Grades)

College Adviser: Ryan Coyne

Career Coach: Angela Pulliam-Jones

School Counseling Secretary: Mrs. Amber Moore

Office Contact Information:
Phone:  804-561-2101

Fax:  804-561-2928



11/13/17-11/17/17: Virginia College Application Week!
Students will get the opportunity to work on college applications during 5th and 6th periods of school. Get assistance from school guidance counselors and our career coach to complete and submit applications to your desired schools! Once you have submitted, you will be put in a raffle for prizes at the end of the week!



Career Studies Certificate program in Early Childhood through JTCC

Sophomores and Juniors: We will be offering a Career Studies Certificate program in Early Childhood through John Tyler Community College next year.  Students will attend JTCC in the morning and return to ACHS at 4th period each day.  This program will enable students to find employment in settings such as preschools, child care centers and homes etc.  Students must have a 3.0 GPA to apply and must take a placement test.  Please see your counselor immediately if interested as we are limited to five students.

On Friday, November 13th, the ACHS School Counseling Department accompanied a group of 23 students to the Midlothian campus of John Tyler Community College. This field trip is a culminating activity for students enrolled in SDV 100 College Success Skills (pictured below), a dual-enrollment class taught by Mrs. Ferrara. SDV 100 focuses on topics and skills that serve to increase positive outcomes for students early in their college career. During the field trip, students attended a presentation highlighting the benefits of attending JTCC, were given a tour of the campus, and were shown how to utilize the JTCC library on-line for research purposes. As Dual Enrollment enrollees, ACHS students enjoy the perks of being a JTCC co-ed both virtually and on-campus.


Three students were awarded $500 scholarships during our College Nights program on November 12th! Congratulations Taylor Rather, Katherine Edens, and Shaquia Akers!


On Thursday, October 8th, Mrs. Ferrara and Ms. Garrett took a group of 21 students to visit James Madison University. The group, consisting of juniors and seniors, were given a presentation by representatives of the Office of Admissions. Topics discussed included admissions criteria specific to JMU, financial aid opportunities, and student life. The presentation was followed by a JMU Student Ambassador led two-hour tour. Students were able to see the dorms, numerous academic buildings, and Bridgeforth Stadium, home to the Bulldogs. Before eating lunch in D-Hall, students were given a tour of the campus’s brand new, 250,000 square-foot Student Success Center. The School Counseling Department is hoping to offer 9th and 10th graders the opportunity to visit a college campus in spring 2016.

Records/Transcript Requests (graduated students)

In order to obtain a copy of a transcript or other school record, a written request must be submitted to the high school counseling department by the former student. This can be done via mail, email, fax, or in person.  The written request should contain the following information:
Name(at time of graduation if currently different), Date of Birth, Year of Graduation(or dates of attendance), contact phone number, address the records need to be sent to or statement of intent to pick up​​, how many copies are needed, and if they need to be official or unofficial.

Mailing Address:                 Fax: 804-561-2928    
8500 Otterburn Road 
Amelia, VA 23002

Transcript Requests (current students)

Current students must submit a transcript request form to Mr. Twitty at least 3 business days before needed. Request forms may be found in the counseling office or maybe downloaded. NOTE: STUDENT MUST HAVE A PARENT SIGNATURE BEFORE WE CAN SEND A TRANSCRIPT. 

ACHS Transcript Request Form.docx



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