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Role of the McGill-Toolen Guidance and Counseling Services


The goal of McGill-Toolen Guidance and Counseling is to provide an individual-centered, developmentally appropriate program which culminates in student readiness to succeed in a college or university setting.  This goal is accomplished by addressing the academic, personal –social and post-secondary development specific to each level.  We work collaboratively with students, parents and teachers by fostering school and home communication, facilitating parent-teacher conferences and providing parent guidance regarding academic and social topics. 

  1. Academic planning--  McT guidance counselors work closely with students to plan their course of studies, to support their school performance, to review progress, to set academic goals, as well as to implement academic interventions.  School counselors communicate with families on an on-going basis to provide updates on student achievement and attendance, as well as to recognize successes.
  2. Personal/social development--  McT guidance counselors focus on the whole development of students, facilitate social/emotional learning opportunities, connect students to activities and electives based on their interest, build home-school-community alliances, and provide on-going individualized attention to ensure student success.  School counselors facilitate individual and group counseling, as well as crisis intervention counseling as needed. 
  3. College and post-secondary development--  McT guidance counselors help students understand their strengths and talents, and how these abilities can be utilized in various college majors and careers.  We facilitate school-wide activities and guidance lessons related to post-secondary planning.  We aid students in the college admissions process, and all next steps to their secondary education.





Second Semester Important Dates

January 16th - MLK Holiday
January 19th - Make-up Placement Test for incoming Freshmen
February 4th - Teen Town Hall Meeting (See Community of Concern page for details)
February 24th - 2017-2018 Course Registration Sheets Due
February 27th/28th - Mardi Gras Holidays
March 3rd - Junior Class Talent Show
March 6th/7th - Freshmen Registration
March 10th - End of 3rd Quarter
March 13th/14th - Freshmen Registration
March 24th - Faculty Retreat (No School for Students)
April 1st - Prom
April 14th - Good Friday (No School)
April 17th-21st - Easter Break
May 15th - Underclassmen Awards
May 17th - Senior Awards
May 19th - Graduation





As a current high school sophomore, junior or senior, you can start college courses NOW!  University of Alabama Early College allows you to earn college credit while you are still in high school.  You can earn up to 30 hours of UA Early College credit, online and/or on the University of Alabama campus.  Some students participate in the Summer Residential Experience.  Live on the campus during   Summer I and/or Summer II.  Summer I is the month of June and Summer II is the month of July.  Your UA credit transfers broadly to most colleges and universities nationwide. Academic Advising is available to all students!! The academic advisors help the students decide which classes to take based on anticipated majors and current high school commitments.


What are the Requirements?

Possess a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA

Pass the prerequisite UAEC 200 Gateway class. You earn 2 UA credits also.


Call Early College at 1-877-823-8759

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