• Kevin Kirkley, head of our Counseling Department, has consolidated information and links to academic and standarized-testing updates, college/career resources, and resources to help students cope with coronavirus anxieties/social distancing.

    AP updates are expected to be released by the College Board on Friday, April 3.  

    Download here: Counseling News - March 31, 2020


  • March 16 - Message from the Counseling Department


    Dear Parents and Students,

    Dreher counselors understand that this is an uncertain time with the disruption of many routines. During this period of school closure, Dreher counselors remain available to answer questions and address guidance- and counseling-related concerns.

    To connect with counselors while school is out, email is the most efficient method. Counselor contact information is as follows:

    Ariel Asouzu (9th Grade) – ariel.asouzu@richlandone.org

    Dominique Padgett (10th -12th Grades, Last Names A-Gl) – dominique.padgett@richlandone.org 

    Jean Smith (10th – 12th Grades, Last Names Go-Mi) – jean.smith@richlandone.org

    O’Shawn McClendon (10th – 12th Grades, Last Names Mo-Z) – oshawn.mcclendon@richlandone.org

    Kevin Kirkley (10th – 12th Grades, AP Capstone Students) – kevin.kirkley@richlandone.org

    Counselors will help to address academic, career, or personal concerns. IGP meetings will resume when school is back in session. Please contact counselors with questions.

    The following are online counseling-related resources students can utilize during the school absence:

    Academic Help:

    ACT Registration (upcoming test dates on June 13 and July 18): www.act.org

    ACT Test Practice through ACT Academy: https://academy.act.org

    SAT Registration (upcoming test dates on May 2 and June 6): www.sat.org

    SAT Test Practice through Khan Academy: www.satpractice.org

    College and Career Research: Big Future (the College Board’s College Search): https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search

    Naviance: Log in at https://clever.com (username is Student ID number; password is date of birth separated by slahes – ex. Feb 2, 2002 birthdate is 2/2/2002.

    Personal/Social Issues:

    COVID-19 Information from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    Tips for Talking to Children about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

    Columbia-Area Mental Health: https://www.state.sc.us/dmh/camhc/

    We understand that there is still much uncertainty regarding coursework, standardized testing, and the spring semester as a whole. We will communicate as soon as information is available, but please do not hesitate to reach out to counselors via email during the time we are away from school.

    Dreher School Counseling Department





    Click here for links to several scholarships popular among Dreher students.


    100% Forgivable Loans for Teachers
    The SC Teacher Loan Program was established by the State of South Carolina to help talented and qualified students become teachers.  You can borrow up to $2,500 per year in your freshman and sophomore years in college and $5,000 per year in your junior and senior years.  The loan is 100% forgivable if you then teach in certain critical geographic or subject areas in South Carolina. 
    To download the application, click here.
    The complete lists of critical areas as well as the eligibility criteria and all other details of the program are available at this link.
    Funds are limited so apply soon.  Should you or your parents have any questions regarding this program please contact the Student Loan program at (800)347-2752.



    For information and a calendar especially for seniors and their parents, click here.

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    Information about the New Ten Point Grading Scale


    For a complete list of the quality points given for each numeric grade from 1 to 100, click here.


    For answers to frequently asked questions about the change, visit the SC Department of Education website by clicking here.