Welcome to the School Counseling Department for Huntsville City Schools
The Huntsville City Schools Counseling and Guidance Program is a comprehensive counseling and guidance program that helps prepare students for success in academic, career, and personal/social development. Counseling and guidance is an integral part of each school's total education program. The counseling and guidance program helps students achieve their full potential through four program delivery components: School Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services and System Support.
The Huntsville City Schools Counseling and Guidance Program follows The ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs and the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance State Model for Alabama Public Schools.
Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.
Information for students, parents and educators
Bullying, by definition, is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated over time. The bully and victim may have serious, lasting problems, such as depression or anxiety.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Types of Bullying
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets.
- Posting comments or rumors about someone online that are mean, hurtful, or embarrassing.
- Threatening to hurt someone or telling them to kill themselves.
- Posting a mean or hurtful picture or video.
- Pretending to be someone else online in order to solicit or post personal or false information about someone else.
- Posting mean or hateful names, comments, or content about any race, religion, ethnicity, or other personal characteristics online.
- Creating a mean or hurtful webpage about someone.
- Doxing, an abbreviated form of the word documents, is a form of online harassment used to exact revenge and to threaten and destroy the privacy of individuals by making their personal information public, including addresses, social security, credit card and phone numbers, links to social media accounts, and other private data.
Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Threatening to cause harm
Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
- Leaving someone out on purpose
- Telling other children not to be friends with someone
- Spreading rumors about someone
- Embarrassing someone in public
Physical bullying involves hurting a person's body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
- Taking or breaking someone's things
Parents and Students,
If you participate in the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch program, PLEASE see your school counselor. You may be eligible for fee waivers to help pay for ACT, SAT, NCAA and college application fees.
ALL scholarships will be posted in Naviance and updated throughout the year. If you need login information, please see your school counselor. Check out the 2015-2016 Huntsville City Schools College and Career Guide listed under "Downloads."
It's never too early to start thinking about your career! Do you want to be an engineer, a fire fighter, or an English teacher? There's something for everyone! We encourage you to start thinking now about the things you enjoy doing and the things you're passionate about. Use the links below to guide you as you explore different options for the future.
- Alabama Career Planning System (Kuder) - Find education and career exploration activities as well as college financial aid information. List of Alabama's Hot 40 Demand Occupations. Log in to the Kuder program (ask your Guidance Counselor for login information). Find careers that fit with your interests, skills, and values through interactive inventories and quizzes.
- CareerOneStop - A great place to compare occupations, salaries, and job outlook. Take advantage of the Tools and Resources such as the Skills Profiler, Ability Profiler, Interest Profiler, Work Importance Locator, and Employability Checkup.
- College Board Resources - Search college majors and career profiles. Search and compare colleges. Search your major to find colleges that offer it.
- Salary Comparison - Search careers by category and zip code to find job descriptions and base salaries based on location.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Search hundreds of jobs to learn about training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, job tasks, and working conditions.
Higher education in whatever form - community college, university, technical school - is the opportunity of a lifetime. Being academically prepared will help students make the most of that opportunity.
As Huntsville City Schools works to prepare students for higher education, we're also taking proactive steps to increase our students' knowledge about various careers, especially those in our community! We feel students and parents need the information, skills and tools to make informed decisions regarding post-secondary educational options and careers.
Our goal is to bring college and career awareness to the forefront with a variety of activities and resources for students and parents.
Visiting colleges is a very important part of the process of finding the right college for each student. Students/parents may always contact the college to set up a tour on campus. Another great option is to attend a College Preview Day. These days are often held on the weekend and are designed for high school seniors and their families to attend and learn more about the college. The events often include a campus tour as well as informational sessions on topics like housing, financial aid, academics, and more! Check out the website at the college for more information or to find out if they will be hosting an Open House or Preview Day this fall or spring. **12th grade students are allowed two excused absences from school to visit colleges. See your School Counselor for details and a College Day approval form.
Huntsville City Schools is pleased to provide information from a variety of sources regarding scholarships.
For a list of local scholarship opportunities, please log in to Naviance at succeed.naviance.com. The information included in this list is provided to our School Counselors throughout the year from a variety of sources. Scholarships listed here are for graduating 12th grade students unless otherwise noted. We will update Naviance regularly, so please check back often!!
Naviance Family Connection is a tool that is freely provided to Huntsville City School students in grades 9-12, which serves as a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals. With your Naviance Family Connection account, there are so many things you can do to prepare for your post-secondary plans! You can take career assessments, research careers, and colleges, search for local & national scholarships, request transcripts, prepare for the ACT using Naviance Test Prep, create resumes, set goals for your future, and much more! It is a useful tool for nearly everything college and career related. If you have questions regarding Naviance Family Connection, please see your counselor.
- To access Family Connection, you must complete the following steps:
- Visit the College & Career Readiness Technology Solution | Naviance website.
- Select “Students and Families.”
- Enter your zip code.
- Select your high school.
- Enter your username and password.
- Your username and password:
- Username: firstname.lastname (ex. chris.smith)
- Password: six-digit date of birth (ex. 062998)
Huntsville City Schools will host the 2020 Curriculum Showcase for parents and students on Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 – 1:00 at the Huntsville High School Freshman Academy. The information provided will help middle and high school students and their families make informed decisions regarding course selections for the 2020-2021 school year.
There will be a variety of sessions to choose from including information on Advanced Placement (AP) and honors classes, dual enrollment, magnet programs, career technical education, International Baccalaureate program, and the college application and selection process. We will also have representatives from each high school and middle school leading sessions on athletics, as well as clubs and activities. Each session is 25 minutes long so you will be able to attend multiple sessions. We are also offering a longer, 90-minute workshop titled College is for Me. The workshop will be conducted by the College Board organization. College Board is the organization that administers the SAT, PSAT and AP programs. The workshop will be offered at two time slots, 10:00-11:30 and 11:30-1:00. If you choose to attend the workshop you will still have time to attend some of the other sessions as well.