Tips for a Successful Semester from your GAC Counselors

Hi Students! Below please see the welcome letter you will be receiving from your GACHS School Counselor. It outlines all of the important information you need to know in order to prepare yourself for your learning experience this semester with GACHS. 

Welcome!

We are happy you have joined the Graduation Achievement Charter High School family- GACHS for short!

How does this work?

We operate similar to a traditional school- you still have a principal, your classes are based on semesters (meaning you will have a Part A course and a Part B course for each full credit class), and you are still working towards a high school diploma. Attendance will be different since that is based on logging in to your classes. You need to log in and work on your classes at least 5 days a week. Do not go more than two days without logging in. If you do have a situation, please reach out to your counselor. Please regularly check your messages, email, and phone for communication from us. Feel free to reach out to us as well. Our school year is outlined in the GACHS School Calendar 2017-2018. You can login from our website http://www.gradgeorgia.com. At the top right, click Student/Parent Portal Login

How do I reach my teachers?

After you login, on the left you will see Course Info. From there, you can see all your teachers and their information. You can call or email them. Please allow them 1 business day to respond back. They are who you contact about your class assignments and course grade.

What grade am I in?

Freshman: 0-5 credits

Sophomore: 6-11 credits

Junior: 12-17 credits

Senior: 18+ credits

From the GACHS Parent & Student Handbook

How many credits do I have?

Your counselor keeps up with your credits and progress towards graduation. Reach out to them to find out how many credits you have and how close you are to graduating.

When can I graduate?

You can graduate when you reach the state graduation requirements. You need a minimum of 23 credits to graduate:

4 units of English Language Arts

4 units of Science

4 units of Math

3 units of Social Studies

7 units of Electives *3 units must be CTAE

1 unit of Health & PE

For additional information about these requirements, please visit Georgia Department of Education Graduation Requirements

Do I have to take any state tests?

Students must take the End of Course tests for:

9th Grade Literature , 11th Grade Literature, Coordinate Algebra, Algebra I, Analytical Geometry, Geometry, Physical Science, Biology, US History, and Economics.

EOC tests are 20% of the final grade. If a student is eligible for an upcoming EOC administration, the student will receive an email with details of the specific date, time, and location. For additional information End of Course tests, you can visit the Georgia Milestone End of Course Assessment Guide.

Counselor Contact Information:

Counselor Caseload

Ms. Keita Eaddie A-D Keita.Eaddie@gradgeorgia.com

Ms. Hibbah Agha F-L, Special programs Hibbah.Agha@gradgeorgia.com 

Ms. Karla Garfield M-R, YCA Karla.Garfield@gradgeorgia.com 

Mr. Kenton Pope S-Z Kenton.Pope@gradgeorgia.com 

If you have any additional concerns, please reach out to your counselor or success coach!

Free Online Tutoring

As part of our school, you have access to free online tutoring. To access this, you simply need to login to FEV Tutor with your Edgenuity login information. You will select which course you need help in and schedule a later time to receive support.

Social Media links

Follow us on social media to help you stay informed!

GACHS Facebook pages:

School Yard – Students and staff are able to communicate and interact with one another Parent Support – Parents are able to communicate and interact with staff and one another

Graduation – Seniors and parents can keep up with events related to graduation here **The pages are closed groups so if you’re having trouble joining, please reach out to the GACHS Counselor on Facebook

Tech Support GAC Student Tech Support

http://gradgeorgia.com/divisions/technology/student-tech-request/

If you have any additional questions reach out to your counselor or to your center leader (Ms. L for the virtual students). 

We look forward to working with you this year!