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The Counseling Department is a resource for information concerning academic, social and emotional needs for students.


We assist students in developing their individual talents and potential by determining proper academic placement, teaching study skills, time management, personal development and other life skills. Promoting understanding and cooperation among students and their peers, students and their teachers and parents is of prime importance to school success.


Counselors are responsible for coordinating all standardized testing which is administered to their students. We are also available for interpreting individual test scores for parents and teachers.  Guidance counselors may also assist classroom teachers in assessing a student’s learning style and in making recommendations for success.


College Placement:
Jennifer Johnson




College and Career Counseling


Because each student is uniquely gifted, with varied interests and aptitudes, the College and Career Counseling program at Jackson Christian is individualized for each student. Our counselors assist students in exploring various career paths and future educational goals. Students are guided through the process of researching colleges, universities, and technical schools that align with their career aspirations. Counselors assist students in the college and scholarship application process.




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Grade by Grade College Planning



9th Grade:

  • Meet with your counselor to set up your 4-year plan.
  • Get involved! Find some activities you enjoy.
  • Begin finding your passion for service.  This is a good time to serve the community in different ways.  It is required for your Bible class and graduation.
  • Begin your resume.


10th Grade:

  • Continue to build a strong academic profile.  Colleges will consider your transcript as they make admissions and scholarship decisions.
  • Seek leadership opportunities.  Service is an excellent way to find these.  Find 2 or 3 areas to concentrate your time.  It is often better to demonstrate commitment than to have a list of many random examples of involvement.
  • Take the ACT.  You will need to do this in order to take Dual Credit classes.
  • Research colleges and career interests.
  • Use the summer before your junior year to begin college visits.



11th Grade:

  • Meet with your counselor to review your 4 year plan. Discuss Dual Credit Courses and career interests.
  • Concentrate on doing well in your classes.  Junior and Senior classes are often weighted more heavily by colleges during the admissions process.
  • Make a list of colleges you are considering.
  • Keep your resume updated.
  • Take the ACT again.  There are several options to prepare, including online practice and seminars.
  • Visit with College Representatives who visit Jackson Christian.
  • Attend local College Fairs.
  • Make college visits with your parents.



12th Grade:

  • Meet with your counselor.  We encourage the parents to be part of this meeting. Bring the list of colleges you have researched.  Together we can narrow your options down.
  • Apply for TN Promise .  Even if you do not plan to take part in this program, it is a good idea to have it available. Applications are due at the first of November.
  • Apply to colleges.  Be aware of application deadlines for each school.
  • Request transcripts.
  • Apply for scholarships. Many deadlines are in November and December.
  • Do not forget to apply for housing!
  • Continue to meet with college representatives at Jackson Christian.
  • Use your College Day Visits to see campuses and meet with the admissions team.
  • Fill out the FAFSA.  You may now do that beginning in October.
  • Notify our office of colleges you are accepted to and any scholarship offers you receive.



College Visit Days


All juniors are eligible for one College Visit Day and all seniors are eligible for two College Visit Days. Please let the Student Services office know when you plan to be absent. Also, you will need to bring official documentation from the admissions office of the school you visit.