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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
Career Exploration Activities
Financial Aid for College
Scholarships for College
Military Recruitment Information
Parent Informational Meetings
Career-based Classroom Guidance
Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution
Transitioning to High School
Community Agency Referrals
Test Anxiety Strategies
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.