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Director of Guidance
Carla Mahn

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Patsy Davis
Secretary 727-2760

The Mission of the Department of Student Development and Counseling is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that is preventive and proactive in nature and provides opportunities for all students, PreK-12, to learn about themselves and develop the skills of productive and responsible citizens. 

The department focuses on each student’s potential growth within the context of his or her individual, family, and multicultural perspective.  It is a collaborative effort between the school counselor, parents, teachers, and community that promotes student achievement and works to close the achievement gap.

· Academic Counseling
· Personal/Social Counseling
· Career Counseling
· Graduation Requirements
· Promotion/Retention Policy
· Reports on Student Progress
· College Admissions (applications, admissions testing)
· Scholarship & Financial Aid
· Requests for Transcripts
· Work Permits
· College Admission Tests
· College Applications
· Request for Transcripts


Hampton City Schools is proud to announce a new opportunity for students/parents in middle and high schools! As school counselors implement Naviance™, a web-based service to track and analyze data about college and career plans, students and parents will have access to Family Connection – a comprehensive website that you and your student can use to make plans about colleges, and careers.

Naviance Family Connection allows your student to:

• Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
• Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
• Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments
• Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare your student for future college and career goals.

Naviance Family Connection also lets us share information with you and your student about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information. All middle and high school students have an individual account and parents can create one as well. Please contact your school counselor for more details.

Andrews Prek8 URL:
Davis MS URL:
Eaton MS URL:
Jones MS URL:
Lindsay MS URL:
Phenix Prek8 URL:
Spratley GC URL:
Syms MS URL:
Bethel HS URL:
Campus @ Lee URL:
Hampton HS URL:
Kecoughtan HS URL:
Phoebus HS URL:

Seniors, Please log in to your Naviance Family Connections account for a complete list of available scholarships. If you need assistance logging in, please see your school counselor.

Parents contact your student’s school counselor if you have questions or concerns about:

  • Your student’s academic progress
  • Your student’s social or emotional adjustment
  • Setting goals for their educational experience and post-secondary planning
  • School and/or community resources available for your student
  • Identifying your child’s special needs

Parents help your student to be successful in school and in life.

  • Make school important
  • Encourage your student to do their best
  • Attend open houses, back-to-school nights, conferences
  • Get to know your student’s teachers and school counselor
  • Encourage reading and writing
  • Help your student set goals for their future
  • Praise and encourage your student
  • Celebrate your student’s successes
  • Pay close attention to communications from the schools (newsletter, ConnetEd messages, webpage)
  • Be aware of your student’s Rights & Responsibilities
  • Encourage your student to ask for help
  • Institute a work first/play later policy
  • Challenge them to take on the more difficult course work

Preparation for All Students for College & Careers

The States’ Career Clusters Initiative (SCCI) has established Career Clusters as a tool to assist a student’s transition from education to a career.

Career Clusters help students investigate careers and design their courses of study to advance their career goals. For this reason, Virginia has adopted the nationally accepted structure of career clusters, career pathways and sample career specialties or occupations.

A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities. Sixteen career clusters provide an organizing tool for schools, small learning communities, academies and magnet schools.

Within each career cluster, there are multiple career pathways that represent a common set of skills and knowledge, both academic and technical, necessary to pursue a full range of career opportunities within that pathway – ranging from entry level to management, including technical and professional career specialties. Based on the skills sets taught, all CTE courses are aligned with one or more career clusters and career pathways.

As school counselors in Hampton City Schools meet with students to discuss future career goals these study plans are personalized to meet the needs of each individual student.

Please visit for a listing of all 16 career clusters and 79 career pathways.

The Early College Scholars Program allows eligible high school students to earn at least 15 hours of transferable college credit while completing the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma. The result is a more productive high school experience and a substantial reduction in college tuition. Students earning a college degree in seven semesters instead of eight can save an average of $5,000 in expenses.

To qualify for the Early College Scholars program, a student must:
• Have a “B” average or better;
• Be pursuing an Advanced Studies Diploma; and
• Take and complete college-level course work that will earn at least 15 transferable college credits. These credits can be earned by taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual enrollment courses.

Participating students sign an Early College Scholars Agreement, which is also signed by the student’s parents or guardians, principal and school counselor. Students who meet the terms of the agreement are recognized as Early College Scholars and receive a certificate of recognition from the Governor.

Students who sign this agreement are allowed to take Virtual Virginia courses at no cost.

  • KnowHow Virginia
    Find out more about almost any career you can imagine – and see how other Virginia students got ready for the  workplace.
    Career Resources, Career Guide, Online Education and Degree Directory
  • College Board Major & Career Profiles
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Nationally recognized source of career information
  • Virginia Employment Commission
    Employer and job seeker services and labor market information

What do I need, to get into a 4 year college?  features an interactive guide to understanding the FAFSA.

College Application Fee Waivers

College Access Challenge Grant Program
The Commonwealth has a number of community-based groups that help citizens gain access to higher education by assisting students through the often complicated process of planning for, applying to, and paying for college.  This State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has  developed a new online resource to help Virginia's students and parents locate these valuable community partners.  Visit: to see the new  interactive map.

SAT & ACT Fee Waivers. What are they, and who is eligible?

A quick reference guide to critical dates and programs of the College Board.

Is the Price Right?

College Search Information
From this site you may select any Virginia higher education institution's Web page and click on tabs for information on admisions, tuition, enrollment, debt, success, wage, and other data. Portal for federal financial aid. Contains numerous booklets, pamphlets and publications providing information about a child’s education at all ages including the college-ready child. Contains test calendars, information and preparation opportunities for PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP and CLEP; interactive college, major and career searches; reproducible articles; financial aid calculators and aid comparison tools. This student site contains test calendars, information and preparation opportunities for the ACT. Also has quick links to comprehensive information about the ACT testing experience, a college search and financial aid estimator tools. Contains reproducible and informative articles for parents about the role of the school counselor, as well as tips and resources about school counselor ethical and legal responsibilities. Contains easy- to- use searchable databases with reports on student achievement, educational opportunity and graduation rates at any four-year U.S. college or university and examples of high school courses that prepare high school students for college rigor. Contains a student's financial aid checklist as well as comprehensive information about loans, scholarships, savings, military aid, multiple sources of aid, financial aid applications, calculators and other interactive tools. Has specific information for international students, undocumented students and other non-U.S. citizen students; college admission resources, financial aid, visas, culture, scholarships and other forms of aid; links to international student office Web sites, embassies and miscellaneous guides. Professional organization material for the counselor including the Statement of Principles of Good Practice, which delineates the ethics of college admission counseling; Steps to College newsletter reproducible for students and parents; listing of national college fairs. Selected materials offered in Spanish.


             Resource: ASCA School Counselor - American School Counselor Association, March/April 2006

Dual Enrollment Agreement
Hampton City Schools and Thomas Nelson Community College

The Secretary of Education, the Virginia Community College System Chancellor, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction have established the “Virginia Plan for Dual Enrollment between Virginia Public Schools and Community Colleges.   Under this plan Hampton City School and Thomas Nelson Community College have developed an agreement to allow high school students to take college-level courses and receive both college credit and high school credit towards graduation.

Hampton City Schools and Thomas Nelson Community College shall provide a pathway for participating students to complete an associate’s degree or one-year Uniform Certificate of General Studies (General Education Certificate) concurrent with their high school diploma.  Credit awarded for applicable dual enrollment courses and Advanced Placement courses with qualifying exam scores of three or higher may be applied toward attainment of the aforementioned credentials. 

Please see your school counselor for additional information and to discuss the pathways.

©2017 HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS All rights reserved - One Franklin Street, Hampton Virginia 23669 - 757-727-2000

HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

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Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies. 


The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.

Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing,, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

·      A description of the accessibility concern or question;

·      The webpage address of the requested material;

·      The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;

·      The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.

Some documents on the website are in a portable document format (PDF).  The Adobe website provides a free service to convert Acrobat PDF files to other formats, including text and HTML.  Adobe’s web-based tool will quickly change an Acrobat file into an HTML file or textile.  The online PDF conversion form is available on the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat.  With this tool, users can read PDF files with a screen reader.  Adobe and the Trace Research Center also offer a free Acrobat conversion service that converts PDF files to text or HTML format by sending a user’s request via email.  All individuals with internet service can access the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat PDF website.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as, as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.