SAVE THE DATE - Join us for Open House on Thursday, October 25th from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
SAVE THE DATE - Join us for Open House on Thursday, October 25th from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Guidance Department

The personnel of the Guidance Department hold advanced degrees in counseling. It is the goal of the counselors to aid students to reach their academic and personal potential.

Guidance Counselors

The guidance staff work with students, parents, sending schools, outside agencies and employers for one or more of the following:

  • Educational Planning
  • Personal Counseling
  • Career Planning

Jeff Chandler

Lead Counselor
314-989-7609

Dee Jones

Sophomore Counselor
314-989-7672

Melissa Merry

Jr. & Sr. Counselor
314-989-7610

Davina Reid

Jr. & Sr. Counselor
314-989-7611

Contact the Guidance Department

Mark Your Calendar

Mon 22

UCM College Visit

Mon, Oct 22nd @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Thu 25

North Tech Open House

Thu, Oct 25th @ 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sat 27

ACT Test

Sat, Oct 27th
Nov 02
Nov 16
Dec 08

ACT Test

Sat, Dec 08th
Dec 11

New Student Registration (January start)

Tue, Dec 11th @ 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dec 20

First Semester Ends

Thu, Dec 20th
Jan 03

Second Semester Begins

Thu, Jan 03rd, 2019
Jan 11

ACT Registration Deadline

Fri, Jan 11th, 2019

Graduation Requirements

It should be emphasized that these credit requirements are the minimum. Students who plan to attend college (including community colleges or technical colleges) should have more than the minimum. The SSD Technical Education Division will accept up to a total of THREE (3) units of credit from summer school, night school, and correspondence courses.

Core Credits

  • English
    4
  • Math
    3
  • Science
    3
  • Social Studies
    3
    Includes one year of American History and one semester of Government

Additional Credits

  • Fine Arts
    1
  • Health/Physical Education
    1.5
  • Practical Arts
    1
  • Personal Finance
    0.5
  • Electives
    7
  • TOTAL CREDITS
    24

Class Standing

Applies to full-day students only.
  • Sophomore
    At least 3 credits
  • Junior
    At least 10 credits
  • Senior
    At least 17 credits

Student Grades

Student grades will be reported by teachers each school quarter, and they will give credit for passing grades to be issued each semester.
  • A
    100-90%
  • B
    89-80%
  • C
    79-70%
  • D
    69-60%
  • F
    59-0%

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Make an Appointment?

Students may make an appointment with their guidance counselor through the secretary in the guidance office before or after school or during lunch. Your teacher’s approval must be obtained when scheduling an appointment during his/her class period. The guidance secretary will give you a pass which your teacher must sign before you come to your appointment. Please remember to sign in and out so you will not be marked absent. Parents may call the guidance department at any time to schedule a meeting.

Can I Change My Technical Program?

All technical program changes must take place the first week of the semester. After this timeframe, changes are pending administrative review. Students will only be granted one technical program change.

Can I Take Correspondence Courses or Night School?

When students need extra courses to meet graduation requirements, they may complete coursework outside the technical school setting.

Correspondence courses are available from other institutions. The student must pay for all correspondence courses.

Night and summer school courses are offered at various locations and districts throughout St. Louis County and City. Student’s residency may determine where students may access these opportunities. Students should also contact their guidance counselor to discuss other credit recovery options.

What Is an Elective?

An elective course refers to a course taken that may or may not be specifically required for graduation.

How Can I Explore Post-Secondary Options?

The guidance department can assist students in career exploration and assessment through individual counseling and the use of tools such as the Kuder Career Planning System. The information can help students select post-secondary careers, technical schools, and colleges.

Can I Graduate Early?

Early Graduation is an option only at the beginning of the eighth semester of high school attendance. An application must be completed and approved prior to the start of the eighth semester. Half-day juniors who enroll as full-day seniors will not be eligible for Early Graduation.

How Are Units of Credit Measured?

Courses meeting one period daily for one semester earn one-half (.5) credit. Technical programs meeting three periods daily for one semester earn one and one-half (1.5) credits per semester.

What Is a Required Course?

This means that a course is required by either the State Department of Education or SSD-Technical Education Division for graduation.

What Is a Prerequisite?

A prerequisite means that a required must be successfully completed before another course may be taken.

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Special School District Notice of Non-Discrimination and Accommodation

Special School District does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation against an individual based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, ancestry, disability, veteran status, age, or activity protected by federal or state law in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Direct inquiries and complaints under this policy to Special School District’s Director – Compliance Liaison, 12110 Clayton Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63131, telephone (314) 989-8100 or to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 320, Kansas City, Missouri 64106, telephone (816) 268-0550, fax (816) 268-0599, TDD (800) 877-8339, email OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov Information about the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities accessible to impaired persons can be obtained from the Special School District’s Director – Compliance Liaison at the phone number and address listed above.
314.989.7600 • 1700 Derhake Road, Florissant, MO 63033