Guidance Corner

Karen Whaley, School Guidance Counselor Last Updated: 9/16/2020 2:12 PM
School counselors facilitate the growth and development of all students' academic, social, emotional, and vocational needs.  We are here to assist students and  families with all of the aforementioned school counseling standards.  Students are welcome to make appointments with their assigned school counselor through the counseling office secretary.  This counseling website is an excellent resource for information regarding many areas.  Please be sure to check back frequently for updates. 
Office Hours 
Monday - Friday: 8:00 - 3:15  p.m.
Services offered by the Guidance Department include:
  • Academic advising, including course selection and scheduling
  • Individual counseling regarding personal problems or concerns
  • Group counseling focusing on issues of concerns to teens
  • Assistance with substance abuse issues
  • Information about grades, report cards and transcripts
  • Career planning and development
    • Information about careers
    • Information about academic and career testing
  • Information about colleges, universities and technical schools
  • Information about financial aid and scholarships

Why High School Counselors? 

Counseling Goals and Objectives

SC Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program

ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success



Barnwell School District 19


Mission Statement:

The mission of Barnwell District 19 is to engage, empower, and establish each student to achieve academic excellence and meet the goals of college and career readiness.


Vision Statement:

Barnwell District 19 will provide a safe and supportive environment where every student will engage in a rigorous and enriching education, and be prepared to thrive in a complex, changing world.


Core Beliefs

Barnwell District 19 believes:

  • All students can learn when provided meaningful appropriate learning opportunities.
  • A clean, safe, nurturing environment is essential for learning.
  • A highly qualified motivated staff with high expectations is essential for all children to learn.
  • Community involvement and parental support are crucial to the learning process.
  • The district must have a commitment to continuous improvement to ensure student achievement and promote life-long learning.
  • Our schools serve a vital role in the unity and development of the community.









21st -25th Students Schedule Change

28th Senior Information Night @ 6:00 PM

29th Junior Information Night @ 6:00 PM

30th Sophomore Information Night @ 6:00 PM

31st Freshman Information Night @ 6:00 PM






22ND College Application Day BHHS Media Center  10:00 AM-2:00 PM



5th FAFSA NIGHT BHHS Media Center @ 6:00 PM

18th Georgia Southern College Tour @ 11:30 AM

23rd Start Food Drive





8th Bridgestone Tire Company Visit

16th End Food Drive

17th Distribute Food Collected




6th Scholarship Search Information BHHS Media Center @ 10:00 AM








Senior Information Follow-Up Parent Conference 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Senior Information Follow-Up Parent Conference 9:00 AM-3:00 PM


One Palmetto Scholarship Fund Trip to Sumter High School




Claflin University College Tour



11th FAFSA NIGHT BHHS Media Center @ 6:00 PM


23rd Senior Awards Night @ 6:00 PM

BHHS Auditorium

27th Baccalaureate @ 4:00 PM

29th Underclassman Awards BHHS Auditorium @ 6:00 PM 







FRESHMAN:  Student has successfully completed the 8th grade. 
SOPHOMORE:  Student has earned 5 credits, including 1 in English and 1 in Math. 
JUNIOR:  Student has earned 11 credits, including 2 in English, 2 in Math, and 1 in Science. 
SENIOR:  Student has earned 17 credits, including 3 in English, 3 in Math, and 2 in Science.



Seniors who plan to attend a 4 year college should apply to at least 3 colleges by December 1.  Many colleges have rolling admissionswhich means that applications are accepted throughout the school year; however, different colleges have different scholarship, admission, and housing deadlines.  Be mindful of the terms Early Decision and Early Action!  Early Decision is a binding committment to enroll in the school you are applying to if admitted.  Early Action simply means applying early and in most cases receiving an admission decision earlier.  Please check with your college for important dates. Official high school transcripts must be sent directly from BHHS. 


College Applications


South Carolina College Applications
Students can use this state sponsored system to apply to all public universites or technical schools in South


 Promoting College Access

The Common Application
The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to member colleges and universities across the United States as well as Canada, China, and many European countries.  Click here to see member colleges and universities.

The Common Application



Common Black College Application


The Common Black College Application

allows students to apply to any number of 50 HBCUs at the same time for only $35.

The Common Black Collge Application 


Links to Local College and University Applications:


Other College and University Application links:


After Applying:

1) Request that your transcript be sent: 


2) Remember: You must send your SAT and/or ACT scores to the schools to which you are applying. These scores must come directly from the testing agency and will not be included with or on your transcript. You may use the links below to assist you in having your scores sent to your chosen schools.
       send your SAT scores
       send your ACT scores


Please visit this link for a snap shot of all Private colleges and Universities in South Carolina!


SC Independent College and University Guide



See sites below to research colleges and career options. You will find assessments, occupation profiles, colleges and much more. 
South Carolina Universities Information Highway is a helpful alphabetical directory of South Carolina colleges and universities. Click HERE to access SCIWAY. 



At, they gather information on every American school including career-oriented trade and technical schools (also certification programs and other not-so-well-known schools), so that every student can find the right school for them. Click HERE to view site.

It’s a free site to use. Prospective students can search the database for schools by state, degree, and subject. They also offer a free matching service where prospective students can fill out some basic information about themselves and what they are interested in. The matching engine will take that information and return with a list of schools that match their needs. Using the matching service, kids can also sort and filter through schools based on whatever criteria they choose.


A FREE resource for South Carolina Students!!!! Log on to take career assessments, create resumes as well as portfolios. You can also research education requirements, salary information helpful high school out-look and more for for hundreds of careers. 
Our User Name: naugusta Our Password: yellowjackets


Career Aisle

The Career Aisle link below has resources that have been created to enhance the career guidance and counseling efforts in grades K-12.  The resources are provided to assist with career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation for the students.


Completing the FAFSA for the 2017-18 academic year:



  • BHHS will host a Financial Aid night on April 11 @ 6:00 in the Media Center
  • College Goal SC participates in the national intiative, College Goal Sunday. Various locations around our state will offer free help completing the FAFSA. Please stay tuned for information on a help session near you!
  • Click here to read more about College Goal SC and access resources!

Other resources:

Financial Aid Toolkit

11 Common FAFSA Mistakes (from the official blog of the US Dept. of Ed.)

Financial Aid Myths

Types of Financial Aid

FAFSA4caster: Click here if you are not ready to file your FAFSA but want to get an estimate of  your eligibility for federal student aid.

Tips for Filling out the FAFSA

Completing the FAFSA 2017-18: document explaining Frequently Asked Questions, the application process and specific application questions.

What happens after you submit your FAFSA?



South Carolina High School Diploma = (24-unit requirement)

English/Language Arts = 4 credits

Mathematics = 4 credits

Science* = 3 credits

US History = 1 credit

Economics = ½ credit

US Government = ½ credit

Other Social Studies = 1 credit

PE or JROTC= 1 credit

Computer Science= 1 credit

Foreign Language OR CATE Elective= 1 credit

Electives= 7 credits

Total 24 credits

NoteAll students must pass a high school science course in which the end of course exam is administered.  Currently that course is Biology 1.



A List of Scholarship Links

Scholarship web sites