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All Students Have you turned in your Option Sheet for classes next year?  If not, get it to you counselor ASAP!!

Future Students You will be receiving registration information in late April regarding the process for selecting your classes for next year.  Garfield counselors will visit Seattle Public (SPS) Middle Schools to register students for next year's classes.  Non-SPS students will be invited to an evening registration event advertised in the registration materials.  Non-SPS students should bring documentation of current and past coursework, along with recomendations for math and science placement.

Seniors:  Don't miss important deadlines!  Please do not wait until the last day or two to bring your college application materials to your counselor, or requesting an official transcript.  Please check with your counselor as soon as possible on when to provide or pickup your college application materials.  Mid-Year Reports: Have been processed and should have been mailed by you.  FAFSA: The process for filing began January 1st and there have been workshops at GHS.  It's not too late to complete your FAFSA!  Come to Room 118 to arrange for help on the FAFSA.

Have you taken the PE Test?  It's a graduation requirement and was given for the second time this year on March 18th at 8am in the GHS GymIf you missed it see your counselor!

Junior Meetings:   Junior Meetings will begin in March.  This is a very informative meeting that will involve your PSAT results, logging on to ConnectEDU, discussing your graduation plans and your plans for life after high school!  See Ms. Medina during non-class times to schedule your meeting!! 

Sophomore Meetings
The counselors are available to meet with 10th graders. We began these meetings in December.  Please note that we are now doing Junior Meetings too.  Come to the Counseling Office during non-class time to schedule an appointment.  You will get your PLAN results and register for Connect!  While this is not mandatory, it should be a valuable meeting.  We look forward to seeing you!

Second Semester 2014 Credit Retrieval and Online Courses
Registration will be Monday, January 6, 2014 through Monday, February 24, 2014!!!  Please make an appointment with your Counselor to decide what course(s) you need, then stop by to see Ms. Alston before/afterschool or break/lunch on MONDAYS ONLY for a registration appointment and more info!!      Ms. Alston,    (206) 252-2280 

About Us            

  Room:  104   Phone: (206) 252-2304
  Hours:  7:30 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday   Fax:  (206) 252-2271

Garfield's 2013-2014 Counselors:
Assignments by Last Name
for 9th - 12th graders:

   A - E    
Daniel Lee, Counselor                        (206) 252-2365 

   F - K     Ray Willis, Head Counselor                   (206) 252-2367

   L - Q     Kandace Alston, Counselor                 (206) 252-2280 

   R - Z     Ken Courtney, Counselor                         (206) 252-2366

   Credit Retrieval - 
Kandace Alston                       (206) 252-2280

Counseling Support Staff:

   Counseling Secretary - Maria Medina                   (206) 252-2304

   Registrar - Gertraud Hauser                                  (206) 252-2285 

   Academic Dean - Kris McBride                         (206) 252-2362

   School Psychologist
 - Mallory Blackburn               (206) 252-2364   

   College and Career Center Craig Pilawski, Specialist  
                                                                  (206) 252-2351     


  • Credit Retrieval Courses:  Please make an appointment with your Academic Counselor to decide what course or courses you need to take online, then stop by to see Ms. Alston, in the Counseling Office on MONDAYS ONLY to determine the cost and fees associated.   

  • Seniors: Final Transcripts are mailed each summer, the week of July 4th, if you submit a stamped and addressed envelope to the counseling office.  Diplomas can be picked up starting in September, during non-school hours. 
  • Schedules for 2013-2014: Schedule changes require a completed Request for Course Change Form.  The forms are available in the "Counseling Forms" section on this web page.  Please follow the directions on the form for requesting a change of classes.  Please be aware that there is a very small window during which you can request changes and that there is a different form for 1st and 2nd semester. 
    • New students should contact Ms. Hauser at 252-2285.
  • Running Start Students:  You must fill out the Running Start Form found below under "Counseling Forms" and submit this to your Seattle Public Schools counselor prior to registering for and attending Running Start courses.
  • Summer Letters: Letters are mailed each summer by your student's counselor that show their progress towards graduation.  They include an Academic History, a Diploma Summary and a letter that states any deficites.  Please read this carefully, (especially the upcoming graduating class!) and see your counselor in the fall with any questions.

College & Career Info

  • Stop by Rm 103 for College and Career resources. 

  • Click this link to visit the College & Career Center web page for college and career information, along with enrichment opportunities.

  • Additional College and Career resources, along with Scholarship Information can be found in Connect! (click on "Connect!" to access this web page and the valuable resources found there).
  • Applying to College
    • Start thinking about college early; your course selection, grade point average, involvement in activities at school and in the community, along with your scores on college entrance exams (SAT/ACT) are all factors that are considered by colleges in the application process.
    • Please be aware that in some cases colleges request your discipline information. 
    • Each counselor will explain their process for supporting your application to colleges during your Junior Meeting and again during your Senior Meeting.
    • This can be a very complicated process so be sure to work closely with your counselor and be aware of application deadlines!
    • You will need to complete your application in a timely manner and as thoughtfully as possible. 
    • You may need to request documents from the counseling office, teachers and counselors, depending on the schools that you are applying too. These could include Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, School Profile and Secondary School Report. 
      • Please try to give individuals working with you on your application at least two weeks to process your requests.
      • Not all schools require additional documents and not all students will want or need a letter from their counselors. 
      • If documents are required by colleges, they are confidential and considered part of your application.

Notes from the Counseling Office - GHS PTSA Bark - March 20, 2014
The College Application and Letter of Recommendation

Counseling Forms

The forms listed are available for use during the 2013-2014 school year and over the summer. They are in PDF format. Please be sure to meet deadlines posted in the counseling office, daily bulletin and linked on the Academics Home page.

Alternative Course of Study
Former Student, Summer and Phone Transcript Request
Grade Review Form
Graduation Check List - Class of 2014-2015
Graduation Check List - Class of 2016 +
Occupational Education Waiver Request
Physical Education Waiver and Log
Request for Course Change - 1st Semester 
Request for Course Change - 2nd Semester
Request for Letter of Recommendation
Request for "P" or "I"  (Pass or Incomplete) Grade
Running Start Form -  complete this prior to your RS appointment with your counselor!
School Profile
Service Learning
TA Contract 

Grade Appeal Process

According to the School District policies, teachers have the academic freedom and independence in the classroom to grade students as they see fit. Here are the instructions on the correct procedure to file a Grade Appeal. Please see your counselor for a hard copy. 
Step ONE: Talk with the teacher about your grade. See if the two of you can come up with a fair solution to resolve the matter. 
Step TWO: Speak with the Department Chair if you and your teacher can’t come to a satisfactory resolution.  Talking with the department chair is just to have a third party take a look at the evidence.  The department chair may not be able to intervene.
Step THREE: Meet with the principal only if you can prove extreme discrimination or biased behavior in the grading process.  You will receive a "P" grade if it has been determined that you were indeed discriminated against.

Grade Level Information

Class of 2014 - Seniors

  • Schedule your meeting in September or October!  See Ms. Medina in the Counseling Office starting the second week of school to make your appointment or send an email to your counselor.  Please provide several options for the time of your meeting.  We'll check your graduation requirements, make sure you have the right courses and talk about life after high school!

Class of 2015 - Juniors

  • Schedule your meeting in March or April!  See Ms. Medina in the Counseling Office to make your appointment or send an email to your counselor.  Please provide several options for the time of your meeting.  We'll talk graduation and beyond!

Class of 2016 - Sophomores

  • Schedule your meeting in December or January!  See Ms. Medina in the Counseling Office to make your appointment or send an email to your counselor.  Please provide several options for the time of your meeting.  We'll talk about course selection and planning for the future

Class of 2017 - Freshmen

  •  We meet with Freshman LA classes in the fall to complete the High School and Beyond Plan

Other Resources

  • Teen Health Center (THC) - (206) 860-0480
  • School Nurse - Miller Sherling, RN, MSN has her office in the THC (206) 252-2277
  • Teen Link - 1-866-TEENLINK (1-866-833-6546) or (206) 461-4922. Teen Link is an anonymous confidential teen help line that is answered every evening by professionally trained youth. Teens are trained to talk with their peers about a wide variety of concerns, as well as refer callers to specialized agencies that can further address their needs.
  • Where to Turn for Teens - This booklet provides a wide variety of services to youth ranging from housing and food to counseling around mental health issues, teen parenting, substance abuse and GBLTQ issues.
  • 2-1-1 Community Information Line - 211 or (206) 461-3200
  • Crisis Clinic - Children's Crisis Outreach Response Team - (206) 461-3222  The Crisis Clinic is a 24 hour phone in help line. They are prepared to deal with all types of issues. 
  • Child Protective (CPS) or Family Reconciliation Services (FRS) - 1.800.609.8764  This one phone number can be used to report child abuse or to request assistance for a family that is struggling with family issues.

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