The goal of the College Counseling staff is to provide guidance and support during the college search and application process. Our personalized approach to the college counseling process provides students and parents direction in discovering colleges that are a good “fit” for each student—academically, socially, personally, and financially. In this process students will learn more about their aptitudes, interests and why a good fit college is more than name recognition or prestige-- it’s about finding where you can succeed and launch your career or graduate school preparation.

Juniors arrive at GSSM in the fall and are encouraged to focus on adjusting to GSSM: the academic rigor of GSSM classes, learning time management and study skills, and how to balance their lives at a residential high school. All juniors are assigned a college counselor and will participate in several information sessions in the fall. Mid year, all juniors will complete the YouScience profile, learning about career paths that incorporate their aptitudes and interests. College Planning Seminar I classes begin in the spring, with sessions on the college search, costs and financial aid, college essays, and the application process. Each student has at least one individual conference with his/her college counselor early in the spring, followed by optional parent/student meetings offered via Skype, conference call, or in person. One-on-one college planning continues in the fall of senior year in College Planning Seminar II.  GSSM’s college counselors also write letters of recommendation for each student applying to college.

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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Jenifer L. Blair
Director of College
Counseling & Advising
jblair@gssm.k12.sc.us
843.332.8226 (direct)

Mr. Jake Sintich
College Counselor
jsintich@gssm.k12.sc.us
843.383.3901 x 3959

Ms. Kenetta M. Pierce
College Counselor
kpierce@gssm.k12.sc.us
843.383.3901 x 3945