McAdory High School Guidance and Records Department

McAdory CEEB Code: 011-730

McAdory’s counselors and staff provide a comprehensive guidance and counseling program and are committed to helping students develop academically, socially, emotionally, and in career knowledge and skills. Our staff includes:

Dee Howard – 9th and 11th  Grade Counselor
Casey Ritchey – 10th and 12th Grade Counselor
Becky Johnson – School Registrar (Requests records, mails transcripts, etc.)

Each counselor targets their assigned grade level, however, when it comes to emergencies or a crisis please know that each counselor is available to assist any student or family.

Transcript checks: In the fall semester, the high school counselors are meeting with students to review transcripts and go over diploma checklists to verify that students are on target to graduate with the desired diploma at the desired time. Several issues will be cleared up at this time.

Freshman will have a meeting to review graduation requirements, explain Career Technical Endorsements, explain information about the Graduation Exam, and talk to you about GPAs and the college entrance exams discussed below.

NOTE: Freshmen will bring home a pamphlet from the Alabama State Department of Education. Please read, discuss, sign, and return it ASAP.

ACT and/or SAT: These are college entrance exams that must be taken to enter most 2-year and 4-year post-secondary programs. They should be taken during spring of the Junior year and should be taken a MINIMUM of TWO (2) times. You may register on line at or You will need McAdory’s code -- 011-730.

Register NOW to take the ACT:

There are three main methods for providing services to students: large group guidance, small group counseling, and individual counseling. The three domains counselors are primarily responsible for are academics, social/emotional growth, and finally, career planning and development. They can provide these services directly or indirectly via outside sources such as teachers, software, or other programs.

Listed below are some of the ways McAdory’s counseling staff is serving the students:

Career Cruising -- An on line service that allows student to match skills and interests; research careers, track 4-year plan; create and save a resume; research colleges.

PrepHQ – An on-line website to deliver vital college and career information to High school students.


Social Skills and Emotional Health:

  • Large group Guidance
  • Small Group Counseling
  • Consultation – with teachers and staff concerning issues which affect student’s academic, personal/social, or career.
  • Outside Speakers
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Senior Information Booklet - available at Senior Registration.  Instructions on how to get a PIN, how to fill out the FAFSA, how to register for PrepHQ, how to do a Resume’ and more are found within the booklet.

Freshman Year:

  • Build academic skills, including good note taking, study habits and time management.
  • Be aware of how important your grade point average (GPA) is, it is very difficult to bring up a grade point average once it drops.
  • Join extracurricular activities and take part in community service.
  • Start a “high school folder” where you put important school information and keep track of your activities and honors.
  • Familiarize yourself with the requirements for graduation.

Sophomore Year:

  • Continue working on academics.
  • Pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.
  • Take the PSAT and evaluate the results. This is a preparatory test for the SAT which serves as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program as well as college entrance
  • Build on extracurricular activities and take part in community service
  • Keep written track of your efforts for your resume
  • Begin searching for colleges you would like to visit.

Summer Before Junior Year:
Visit at least one college of interest

Junior Year:

  • Take or retake the PSAT
  • Continue working on your GPA
  • Visit the National College Fair
  • Make individual college visits during the year
  • Take the ACT and/or SAT at least once in winter or spring.

Summer Before Senior Year:

  • Narrow your college list and start applying to schools
  • Familiarize yourself with deadlines, including those for admission and financial aid
  • Research scholarship opportunities
  • Improve your essay – writing abilities
  • Develop your resume

Once you have a college offer in hand, you may get the urge to coast through the rest of the school year. However, it’s important to finish strong.  Colleges, especially selective universities, have been known to withdraw offers of admission to students who drop college prep classes or begin earning uncharacteristically low grades. If you've slumped, but not too far, colleges might send you a warning letter and add certain stipulations to your admission, such as requiring a certain grade point average during the first year of college.  Taking an extended breather during your senior year can also make your freshman year in college more difficult because you aren’t conditioned for the level of workload. So have fun in these coming months, but don't give up on your college preparation.

Senior Year:

  • Take the ACT/SAT again in the fall, if needed.
  • Keep up a good GPT (even once accepted, a college can pull your admission if the GPA falls below an acceptable level.)
  • Continue applying to colleges
  •  Apply for scholarships before Oct. 1. Apply for financial aid after January 1 but before the beginning of the 2nd semester

Gathering FAFSA documents - Financial Aid for College and Post-Secondary Plans
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now posted online. It’s important to complete the form and submit it as soon as possible, as some financial aid is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Most 2-year and 4-year colleges will require you to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). This is done beginning in January of the Senior year. Scholarships are funneled through this “account” so everyone should fill one out. NOTE: IT IS FREE!!! It does take some time, but do not get tricked into paying someone to fill it out for you. You will still have to provide all of the information some way or another. You may go ahead and apply for the Pin now. The parent/guardian and the student must BOTH have separate PIN numbers in order to electronically sign the FAFSA. You can register for the PIN at The FAFSA can be filled out in January You will need your tax info for thisHere are some of the items you will need:

  • Your Social Security number and your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent.
  • Your driver’s license number, if you have one.
  • 2011 federal tax information for you and your parents if you are providing parent information. If you have not filed your taxes, you can still submit your FAFSA by estimating family income.
  • Records of untaxed income, such as Social Security benefits, welfare benefits, and veteran’s benefits for you and your parents.
  • You can find a full list of the needed at Don’t miss out!

News from your school's Counselor:


Dee Howard, Grades9 & 11



Casey Ritchey, Grades10 & 12


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