All students who are moving into 6th grade and above receive individual academic advising from an ACPS school counselor in the spring of the academic year. ACPS school counselors meet with each student to discuss their course selections for the next school year and include the following in their conversations:
- Academic and career goals
- Student interests
- Current and past academic performance
- Current school and community extracurricular activities
- Family responsibilities
- Health and wellness
ACPS school counselors work with students and their families to provide a rigorous, fulfilling, and well-balanced selection of courses.
Parent or guardian input is vital during the academic advising process. Parents or guardians are strongly encouraged to discuss course selections with their student. A full list of available courses and planning documents can be found at the ACPS Program of Studies and Graduation Planning website.
It is also recommended that parents or guardians review career interests with their students, using the information contained in Naviance. Each ACPS student currently in grade 6 and above has a Naviance account with information and activities to assist in determining career interests and skills. For more information, families may visit the ACPS Naviance website and login with their student.
Families may wish to review information about ACPS specialty programs or college and career pathways as part of their conversations regarding future course selections:
- Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
- Career and Technical Education and Academy of Finance
- Governor's Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams High School
- T.C. Williams STEM Academy
For families wishing to learn more about ACPS course offerings and sequencing in-person, it is recommended that they plan to attend a curriculum night at the school their student will be attending in the next school year. At the event, details will be provided about specific courses in order to help parents or guardians and students make informed decisions about their future course selections. Please visit the school’s website closer to the date for additional information.
2020-21 Curriculum Events
All dates are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Families should confirm dates with the individual school prior to attending.
- Francis Hammond Middle School: February 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Online
- George Washington Middle School: February 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Online
- T.C. Williams High School:
- January 26: Academic advising presentations available on the school website for families to view on demand 24/7, Online
- February 22, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 6:00-7:00 p.m., Question & Answer Sessions for Families, Online
Academic Advising Dates
Below are the dates that students and families may anticipate meeting with their counselor for individual academic advising. Please note that all dates are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Families should confirm dates with their individual school.
*Students at T.C. Williams HS--Satellite will receive academic advising during the same time frame as the Minnie Howard and King Street campuses.
For additional information or with questions regarding academic advising, families may contact their individual school or their student’s school counselor.