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.
Counseling Department for 2019-2020 School Year
9th Grade - Ariel Asouzu
10th-12th Grades (Last Names A-Gl) - Dominique Padgett
10th-12th Grades (Last Names Go-Mi) - Jean Smith
10th-12th Grades (Last Names Mo-Z) - O’Shawn McClendon
10th-12th Grade AP Capstone Students - Kevin Kirkley
Registrar - Crystal Lewis
Parent/Community Liaison - Debra Kinder
Career Development Facilitator - Katrina Sims
CEEB Code for Dreher: 410520
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) – email@example.com
Dominique Padgett (10th -12th Grades, Last Names A-Gl) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Smith (10th – 12th Grades, Last Names Go-Mi) – email@example.com
O’Shawn McClendon (10th – 12th Grades, Last Names Mo-Z) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Kirkley (10th – 12th Grades, AP Capstone Students) – email@example.com
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:
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.
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
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We are honored to be one of our state’s first schools to offer the AP Capstone Diploma, an innovative program that continues Dreher’s proud tradition of academic excellence by expanding access to challenging course work and encouraging the development of analytical skills.
Test results are in for the first cohort of Dreher students in the AP Capstone diploma program: all forty-eight of the AP Seminar students passed the AP Seminar exam!
(click on a name to send an email or enter name in faculty and staff database)
Counselor, Grade 9
Department Chair, Counselor, AP Capstone Students
Counselor, Grades 10-12, Last Names Mo-Z
Counselor, Grades 10-12, Last Names A-Gl
Counselor, Grades 10-12, Last Names Go-Mi
Counseling Department Phone: 803-253-7018
Counseling Department Fax: 803-253-7017
Career Development Facilitator