• Welcome to Southwest High School


    Shawna Augherton, School Counselor (A-K)

    Kristina Bowker, School Counselor (L-Z)

    Gabriele Foster, Social Worker

    Tiffany Murphy, Testing Coordinator
    Ansley O'Connor, Data Manager

    To Motivate, Educate, and Inspire

    To assist all students to grow academically, personally, socially, and vocationally with the collaborative efforts of students, staff, families and the community.

    Our Beliefs:
    1. All students can achieve and meet their individual academic potential, which will result in college and career success.
     2. Students’ developmental needs and achievement are best met by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.
     3. School Counselors must be leaders, advocates and collaborators who create equitable access to rigorous curriculum and opportunities for personal growth.
     4. Data-driven goals will guide the development of the comprehensive school counseling program promoting student achievement.
     5. School Counselors will make decisions based on the highest moral principles to promote the maximum development of every student.

    School Profile:
    Student Population: Approximately 630 students

    Graduation Requirements: 22 credits

    Course Levels: Basic, Honors, Advanced Placement

    Online Courses: NCVPS, Onslow View, NCSSM

    Other opportunities include Career & College Promise courses through CCCC

    School's CEEB Code: 
    Schedule Type: 4x4 Block
    Classes are 90 minutes each, 5 days a week. Report cards are distributed every six weeks, progress reports are given in between, and parent portal is available to parents/guardians. 

    Grading Scale: 
    100-90 A; 89-80 B; 79-70 C; 69-60 D; 59-below F 

    Beginning in the 2015-16 school year:
    A  100-90  4.0
    B   89-80  3.0
    C   79-70  2.0
    D  69-60  1.0
    F     <59  0.0

               "School counselors are the first line of support for students.  Students cannot achieve academically when they cannot cope with social and emotional problems.  School counselors can help guide students in their journey through childhood and adolescece."

    ~ Richard Wong

    School Counselors assist students with positive development in the three domains of Academic, Career, & Personal/Social concerns. It is our goal to assist all students in successfully transitioning into high school and from high school into college, the workforce, or the U.S. Armed Forces. 
    You have options; let us help you make the right choices!

    Graduation Requirements
    Promotion Requirements
    Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Four-Year Graduation Plans
    Academic Advising & Course Selection
    Enrichment Programs (Governor's School, Summer Ventures, and more!)
    SAT, ACT, & PSAT Registration
    Career & College Promise (Dual Enrollment)
    NC Virtual Public School
    APEX Course Recovery
    College/Leadership Field Trips
    Academic-based Classroom Guidance

    College Planning
    Career Exploration Activities
    ASVAB Testing
    College Recommendations
    Financial Aid for College
    Scholarships for College
    Military Recruitment Information
    Parent Informational Meetings
    Resume Construction
    Career-based Classroom Guidance

    Individual Counseling
    Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution
    Transitioning to High School
    Suicide Assessment
    Attendance Concerns
    Crisis Intervention
    Community Agency Referrals
    Homebound Program
    Time Management
    Stress Management
    Anger Management
    Test Anxiety Strategies
    Grief Support
    Classroom Guidance

    Confidentiality means that the privacy of information that students share with counselors belongs to the students. Counselors recognize the legal rights and responsibilities of parents in doing what is in the best interest of the children. 

    Exceptions to Confidentiality
    Students should know that there are exceptions where counselors are obligated to break confidentiality, including potential harm to the student or someone else, state laws that mandate reporting of child abuse, or a court of law that requires testimony or student records. 

    Counselors occasionally consult with other school professionals, but in such cases only information necessary to achieve the goals of the conference will be shared. In addition, counselors may keep informal notes regarding conferences.


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